FAQ – PIs / Program Directors

How do my trainees get registered for the BRI?

Trainees should subscribe to the BRI listserv and visit the BRI website. They will need to compile their department and grant information as well as confirm their PHS training requirements with you. Once they have completed this step, they should link to the BRI website registration page and fill out the online registration form.

Why am I being asked to help with discussion groups?

Discussion groups are an important part of the training process for trainees. All discussion group leaders are volunteers (many have been nominated by their department chairs) and based on feedback, they value these sessions as much as the trainees.  We strongly encourage your participation and welcome your feedback on the process. 

Funding for the BRI series is provided by the School of Medicine and the Department of Bioethics & Humanities and our budget is very limited. This is required training, and by providing the training centrally, the program aims to free up your time and budget.

We provide the background materials, suggestions for getting conversations started, videos of the lectures if requested and other assistance as requested.

Starting in 2008, we also provide a one-time training session/refresher on facilitating BRI discussion groups.  Contact Margaret Mitchell for further information at uwbri@uw.edu.

We count on our discussion group leaders and are very grateful for their efforts!

Resources for discusstion group leader.

How can I keep updated on BRI activities?

We use the BRI listserv to distribute announcements for the BRI series, for the individual lectures and also for other lectures, events or anything of relevant interest. Please subscribe or unsubscribe by going to: https://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/bri-series.

How can I offer suggestions?

If you have news or events that you feel would be relevant to the BRI audience, please feel free to send the information to Dr. Kelly Edwards at edwards@uw.edu or Margaret Mitchell at uwbri@uw.edu.

How does trainee attendance get reported to NIH?

We compile attendance data for the summer series each year and  the information  is available on-line to the PIs and trainees searchable by last name or UWNetID.  Institutional reporting is not required, so our report is a courtesy report to the PIs/Departments and is not shared directly with any funding agency. The PI will need to incorporate the attendance data into his/her grant reporting. Search attendance records here.

What can I report to the NIH about the ethics training my trainees receive?

PROGRAM CONTEXT, GOALS, COMPONENTS, AND REQUIREMENTS FROM THE UW BRI MISSION STATEMENT:
THE PROGRAM IN CONTEXT:

The Biomedical Research Integrity (BRI) program offers trainees and researchers the chance to reflect on the everyday judgments that occur during the course of a research career. Our program provides an opportunity to explore important questions of ethics and research conduct, to discuss issues with peers and faculty, and to identify skills and resources to help address difficult questions related to research integrity. The program assumes that the responsible conduct of research requires more than rules and regulations. Choices within research practice are often subtle and require interpretation and judgment. Developing these skills and sensibilities requires something of you – it asks you to test your instincts and to identify your strengths and potential vulnerabilities. As part of your larger professional development experience, the BRI program aims to work with you to develop integrity from the inside out, as the foundation for a lifetime endeavor.

PROGRAM GOALS: BRI participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize ethical issues and challenges to integrity that arise in the course of routine research practice;
  2. Formulate a justified response to research challenges, using select ethical decision-making tools; and
  3. Identify a sense of professional responsibility to take action and make good judgments that work to support good research practices.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS:

  • Lectures: Each year we invite five local or national leaders in science, ethics, or policy to raise and address core issues related to research integrity. Topics include: Conflict of interest, peer review, responsible authorship and publication, research misconduct, and data acquisition, management, ownership and sharing. Lecturers also address researcher/trainee responsibilities and/or collaborative science.
  • Discussion Sections: Each summer there are three rounds of BRI case discussions that employ problem-based learning. Each discussion is designed to address multiple RCR topics linked to the summer lectures. Discussion groups also address the scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research. Discussion groups are facilitated by UW and FHCRC science and ethics faculty and are held in the weeks following the lectures at each facility.
  • Reflective Questions: Participants are asked 2-3 questions prior to each lecture. These questions are intended to connect the participant’s own experiences with the topic and can be discussed further in the discussion sections.
  • Brief Readings: Short, timely papers are circulated prior to each lecture to connect trainees with on-going discussions in the scientific literature on current research integrity issues.
  • Website: The BRI website is updated yearly and has additional resources and readings on each topic.

PHS REQUIREMENTS

The BRI program meets the PHS requirement for all NIH-funded trainees in instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research in National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grants (NIH Guide, 1994). The program covers five of the seven required topics: Conflict of interest, data acquisition and ownership, peer review, responsible authorship, research misconduct while also incorporating the themes of researcher/trainee responsibilities (mentorship) and collaborative science. The additional required RCR topics, human subjects protections and animal use, are required only when directly applicable to the trainee’s work. We recommend that these topics be covered through existing UW training programs (see Resources tab for relevant links).

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Kelly Edwards, PhD
Associate Professor, Bioethics & Humanities
Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Director, Biomedical Research Integrity Program
Core Faculty, Institute for Public Health Genetics
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
edwards@u.washington.edu
General interest in ethics education and bioethics. Special interests include physician-patient relationships, communication, informed decision-making, ethics of medical education, physician career satisfaction, research integrity issues, ethical issues with new technologies, and feminist ethics.

Diane Korngiebel, DPhil
Program Development and Evaluation
Acting Instructor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education
dianemk@uw.edu 

Margaret Mitchell
BRI Program Manager
Graduate Program Advisor
Administrative Specialist
Bioethics & Humanities
uwbri@uw.edu

UW FACULTY VOLUNTEERS

2013 BRI DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS

Karin Bornfeldt, Tracy Brazg, Charles Chavkin, Anu Chaudhary, Seema Clifasefi, Wendy Cook, David Dichek, Danae Dotolo, Adrienne Fairhall, Susan Ferguson, Elaine Frawley, Irene Geisner, Dana Gold, Ted Gross, Jennifer Kett, David Kimelman, Carol Landis, Eric Larson, KC Lee, Melissa Lewis, Dana Litt, Sheila Lukehart, Dustin Maly, Anna Mastroianni, David Masuda, Dan McCloy, Isaac Mohar, Michelle Montgomery, Paul Nghiem, Tonya Palermo, David Perkel, Annemarie Relyea-Chew, Morayma Reyes, Jane Simoni, Ken Thummel, Hunter Underhill, Wes Van Voorhis, Ed Weaver, Aaron Wightman, Larry Zweifel, Joe Zun,. Larry Zweifel

2012 BRI DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS

Bill Atkins, Karin Bornfeldt, Mary Campbell, Carlos Catalano, Charles Chavkin, David Dichek, Denise Dudzinski, Kelly Edwards, Stuart Farber, Laurie Ford, Thomas Gallagher, Gino Gianola, Dana Gold, Max Hunter, Rose James, Nancy Jecker, Diane Korngiebel, Carol Landis, Adrian KC Lee, Sheila Lukehart, Dustin Maly, Anna Mastroianni, Michael McDonell, Dana Miller, Michelle Montgomery, Jeff Munson, Jennifer Nemhauser, Paula Nurius, Marilyn Parsons, David Perkel, Maria Razumova, Blaine Reeder, Annemarie Relyea-Chew, Marge Sedensky, Jane Simoni, Ronald Stenkamp, Bruce Tempel, Mark Tonelli, Jessie Turnbull, Wes Van Voorhis, Lynne Werner, Ben Wilfond, Joe Zunt

2011 BRI DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS

Kristie Bjornson, Karin Bornfeldt, Donald Chi, David Dichek, Denise Dudzinski, Laura Evans, Gino Gianola, Ted Gross, Jen Guon, Rose James, Nancy Jecker, Grace John-Stewart, David Kimelman, Michael Laflamme, Carol Landis, Shelia Lukehart, Dustin Maly, Pamela Mitchell, Ray Monnat, Neil Nathanson, Maureen Neitz, Sid Nelson, Paul Nghiem, David Raible, Jane Simoni, Sherilyn Smith, Helene Starks, Alyssa Taylor, Wendy Thomas, Sue Trinidad, Wesley Van Voorhis, Thomas Vaughan, Anna Wald, Edward Weaver, Lynne Werner, Benjamin Wilfond, Joe Zunt

2010 BRI DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS

Gino Gianola, Neil Nathanson, Andrea Civan, Jessica DeBord, Buddy Ratner, Kristie Bjornson, Miriam Treggiari, Kathryn Yorkston, David Kimelman, Peter Milgrom, Karin Bornfeldt, Jeff Munson, Wes Van Voorhis, Ram Samudrala, Deepak Sharma, Helen Lee, Horacio de la Iglasia, Anna Wald, Annemarie Relyea-Chew, Paul Nghiem, Nick Anderson, Ben Wilfond, Mitzi Murray, Janet Eary, Dave Eaton, Ariana Kaci, David Raible, Michael Lee, Emily White, Jonna Clark, Nancy Jecker, Anna Mastroianni, Michael Shadlin, Sue Trinidad, Helene Starks.

2009 BRI DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS

Adrienne Fairhall, Kelly Edwards, Susan Trinidad, Benjamin Wilfond, Horacio de la Iglesia, Frances Chu, Anna Wald, Gino Gianola, Rachel Klevit, Holly Tabor, Cindy Perry, Stanley McKnight, Wendy Raskind, Buddy Ratner, Wes Van Voorhis, Deepak Sharma, Helene Starks, David Kimelman, Bruce Tempel, David Dichek, Karen Mark, Jose Mercado, Doug Opel, Maureen Kelley, Denise Dudzinski, Stephen Hauschka, Michael McDonell, Sheila Lukehart, Christine Lee, Christine Riedy, Thomas Gallagher, Nancy Jecker, Anna Mastroianni

2008 BRI DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS

Adrienne Fairhall, Alaron Lewis, Alexander Kauffman, Brian Brown, Bruce Tempel, Carey Farquhar, Carol Hopkins Sibley, Charles Chavkin, Daniel Gottschling, David Perkel, Deepak Sharma, Denise Dudzinski, Denny Liggitt, Elizabeth Swisher, Gino Gianola, Helene Starks, Hilaire Thompson, Jerry Kim, Karen Mark, Ken Thummel, Susan Marshall, Nancy Jecker, Peter Byers, Raymond Monnat, Rheem Totah, Roger Rosenblatt, Seth Friedman, Stephen Hauschka, Thomas Gallagher, Thomas Lewellen, Thomas McCormick, Thomas Vaughan, Wesley Van Vorhis, William Hunter, William Parks, Douglas Opel

2007 BRI DISCUSSION GROUP LEADERS

Pamela Mitchell, Horacio de la Iglesia, Gino Gianola, David Perkel ,Gabriele Varani, Peter Byers, Andrew Scharenberg, David Dichek, Jeff Probstfield, Ed Rubel, Helene Starks, Chris Wilson, Jerry Cangelosi, Charles Chavkin, Robert Steiner, Marcia Killien, Diane Martin, Chun Yuan, Fred Rieke, Thomas McCormick, Noel Seixas, Michelle Gottsch, Anne Hocking, Cindy Watts, Christophe Verlinde, Paula Nurius, Elaine Thompson, Bruce Tempel, Sue Trinidad, Malia Fullerton, Thomas Gallagher, Ken Thummel, Allan Rettie, Lynne Werner, Denise Dudzinski, Yansong Gu, Susan Marshall, Denny Liggitt, Brian Iritani, Nancy Jecker