INTD 500: Responsible Conduct of Research

The Keck School of Medicine of USC will offer INTD 500: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This one-week course satisfies the NIH RCR training requirements. The course is open to all graduate and masters students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and staff who are conducting research. All PIBBS doctoral graduate students are required to complete and pass INTD 500 prior to advancing to candidacy. Masters students, Postdoctoral fellows, and others completing and auditing the course will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

The course will be offered on 5 consecutive days, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am during the week of June 3-7, 2019 (Session # 40680) and will be repeated during the week of July 29-August 2, 2019 (Session # 40690). Location will be in the Hastings Auditorium (HMR 100).

Responsible Conduct of Research course includes lecture, video, and discussion topics focused on scientific integrity, misconduct and fraud in science, data acquisition and management, collaborative research, responsible authorship, conflicts of interest, innovation advancement and patents, animal welfare, human subjects, mentor/mentee responsibilities and professionalism in scientific relationships. 

Dr. Cheryl Mae Craft, Professor of Ophthalmology and Integrative Anatomical Sciences, is the new Course Director of Responsible Conduct in Research for the Keck School of Medicine of USC, transitioning with the outgoing Course Director, Dr. Donna Spruijt-Metz. Faculty members will serve as discussion leaders from the Departments of Biochemistry, Integrative Anatomical Sciences, Microbiology, Pathology, Preventive Medicine, Physiology and other departments. 

This course does not require D-clearance to register on the Student Information System (SIS). Alternatively, to sign-up to audit the course, send an email to Lina Poyzner at (postdoctoral fellows, MS students, and junior faculty). Please direct any questions about the content of the course to Dr. Craft at