Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is dedicated to ensuring that all our researchers across the Northwell Health enterprise receive high quality training and education in issues related to ethics and responsible conduct of research in order to foster and maintain a culture of integrity which is a critical component in the advancement of medicine through research.

The Annual Workshop and Semester Course in Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research are both designed to provide quality training and education to fulfill federal requirements. Please email the Office of Research Policy and Training at RPT@northwell.edu with any questions.


What ethics and RCR training programs are offered?

Annual Workshop

  • Workshop Director: Bettie Steinberg, PhD
  • Workshop Facilitators: Various Research Support Offices and Faculty Members
  • Who should attend?:  The target audience are postdoctoral trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students involved in research for at least one year and who are not on a training grant, but all researchers are encouraged to attend.

This is a one-day, interactive workshop introduces attendees to the general concepts involved in ethics and responsible conduct of research. The format of the workshop includes a mixture of short overview presentations by faculty members and research support services (such as the HRPP, IACUC, and Research Compliance), followed by case presentations and discussion of the following topics:

  • Historical impact and the use of humans in research
  • Use of Animals in Research
  • Mentor-Trainee Relationships
  • Authorship and Peer Review
  • Competing interests in clinical research – managing the problem
  • Collaborative Research and Ownership of Data and Clinical Property
  • Scientific Recordkeeping
  • Error and negligence in science
  • Driving forces for misconduct and prevention

Advance registration is required through iLearn; search for “RCR” and register for only one of the topics. Advanced registration is needed so that attendees can be contacted by the topic facilitators prior to the day of the workshop to prepare a case study for group discussion.  Register for the topic you are most interested in; registration in any one of the topics will enroll you in the full day of the workshop. Email RPT@northwell.edu if there are any questions.

Semester Course

  • Course Director: Bettie Steinberg, PhD
  • Who should attend?:  Postdoctoral trainees, fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students involved in research for at least one year and who are on a training grant or receiving funding that requires RCR training.  This is also required for all Elmezzi graduate students.

This is a one-semester course, offered every 2 years.  The course is made up of 1.5 hr weekly sessions consisting of 30 minutes of lecture by a faculty member, followed by 60 minutes of discussion of specific cases and problems and their resolution. The course is taught using “Scientific Integrity, 3rd Edition” by Macrina as a text. The purpose of the course is to provide researchers with clear guidelines for ethical decisions that might and do occur in research. It covers the historical framework for a need for ethical standards in research, changing concepts in research ethics with time, current regulatory requirements for animal or human research, guidelines for appropriate authorship decisions, mentorship, peer review, collaborative research, ownership of data and intellectual property, scientific record keeping, conflicts of interest, scientific misconduct, and ethical dilemmas in basic and clinical research. After completion, the student should be knowledgeable in all regulatory requirements, know current accepted practices, be sensitive to and aware of possible conflicts and ethical dilemmas as they occur, and have a set of guidelines for management of such dilemmas. For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Bettie Steinberg at BSteinbe@northwell.edu.

Topics discussed in this course include:

    • Responsible conduct of research – historical basis, evolution of concepts
    • Use of humans in research
    • Use of animals in research
    • Mentor-trainee relationships
    • Authorship and peer review
    • Competing interests in clinical research – managing the problem
    • Collaborative Research – responsibilities and challenges
    • Ownership of data and clinical property
    • Scientific recordkeeping
    • Error and negligence in science
    • Genetic research – new challenges to old problems
    • Driving forces for misconduct and prevention

Online Training

CITI Program’s Responsible Conduct of Research course is highly recommended for anyone involved in research. To enroll, log-in to your CITI Program account and click on “Add a course or Update Learner Groups.” Check off the box for Responsible Conduct of Research for question #9 and submit; you will be able to access the course from the Main Menu. Click here for more information about CITI Program. Email RPT@northwell.edu if there are any questions.


Click on the links below for more information on federal requirements for responsible conduct of research training: