What is BRI?

The Public Health Service (PHS) and its research institutions require that all pre-and post-doctoral researchers supported by PHS training grants receive training in the responsible conduct of research. For this reason, the School of Medicine offers the Biomedical Research Integrity (BRI) Program to meet the training requirements. The Department of Bioethics & Humanities(BH) runs this training series under Director Malia Fullerton. The BRI Program uses a series of public lectures (three in the summer and two in the autumn and/or spring), and three associated summer discussion groups, to address the following required RCR topics:

Conflict of interest
Data acquisition and ownership
Peer review
Responsible authorship
Research misconduct

Note: Each BRI lecturer is also asked to incorporate explicit reference to Researcher/trainee responsibilities and/or Collaborative science, so that all seven required topics are covered on an annual basis.

The Bioethics & Humanities Department records and reports attendance at lectures and discussion groups to departments and Principal Investigators (PIs).  Specific trainees’ participation is required and monitored by each department or PI independently.  The PHS requirement can be viewed at http://ori.dhhs.gov/policies/RCR_Policy.shtml .

Update on the NIH Requirement for Instruction in the RCR

When is BRI Offered?

We offer the majority of the annual series each summer, covering required topics through lectures and discussion groups. Videotapes of the lectures will be available on the BRI website soon after the lectures (see below for further details). The BRI Program is now annual, with reporting based on November 1 through October 31 participation.  Annual attendance will be available online to PIs and Departments with our newly implemented program.

How Do I Register?

Each year before the BRI begins, we send a notice to the BRI listserv announcing the dates of the summer lectures and discussion groups (other lectures are advertised separately, later in academic year). The emails to the listserv and the website include the link to the BRI Registration site. Because each PI establishes the specific attendance requirements for trainees on his/her grant, we recommend discussing the information and requirements with your PI, Program Director or Department Administrator. Once you understand your requirements, log on the Registration site and fill out the form. This should take 10 minutes or less to fill out and submit.

You will register only once with your UW NetID, but you will be able to go back and change information that was incorrect or has changed. You will need to close out of the registration program and close your browser.

Some specifics you should be aware of when registering:

  • When asked about your status at the UW (Medicine, other UW school, or UW affiliate), you should have at least one, but no more than one, “yes” answer. If you do have multiple appointments, choose the affiliation that tracks your training grant appointment or primary appointment (the appointment for which you are participating in the BRI).
  • When asked for information about your PI, the answer should be your PI, Program Director or Department Administrator - the person requiring your attendance. This will be the person who needs your attendance information. Beginning in 2009, PIs, grant administrators, trainees, etc, will be able to sign in and track attendance history on the BRI website.

  • When asked for the budget number, this is the UW budget number for your grant or training program. The budget will not be charged, but is for tracking purposes only. If you do not have a budget number or will get a budget number later, you may enter zeros. You can always update your profile to add the number later.

  • When asked your position on the grant, your answer should be your position on the grant (trainee, fellow, post-doc) or, if not grant-funded, your position in the department (faculty, fellow, etc.).
Do I Need To Register?

If you want or need your attendance tracked for your PI or department, then you must register. The registration is only open to persons with UW NetIDs. You will need to pre-register for discussion groups, but may register at anytime for lectures (you must fill out the attendance form for attendance to count).

Lectures are open and anyone may attend the lectures. To have attendance recorded, you need to be registered AND signed up for the corresponding lecture AND you need to complete the attendance form available at each lecture or video.

Discussion Group assignments are made from the registration database, so you will not be allowed to attend a discussion group without pre-registering. The small discussion groups fill quickly, so we encourage early registration. Groups will be added as the series progresses, so check back often to see if there are new groups that fit your schedule.

If you are a UW trainee located at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and you plan to participate in BRI lectures and discussion groups at FHCRC, you still need to register with us in order to have your attendance reported to your PI.  If you plan to attend the lecture at the Hutch, please register on this site for the UW lecture (the date is the important issue - location is not).  The Hutch shares attendance data with us and it is incorporated into the final attendance report. You should sign up on this site and select 1 or more lectures - DO NOT select discussion groups at the UW if you have already scheduled them at FHCRC.

If you are a FHCRC trainee without a UW affiliation (e.g. UW student, UW payroll or UW-based grant funding), there is no need to register for the BRI series. Your attendance is tracked separately by Lee Strucker at FHCRC. Please visit the FHCRC BRI webisite: http://www.fhcrc.org/science/education/courses/research_ethics/

Which Lectures/Discussion Groups Must I Attend?

We envision the BRI program to include all five lectures and three associated discussion groups. However, each training grant has their own requirements for ethics education, so you will need to get the specific requirements from your PI, Program Director or Program Administrator. While we encourage attendance at all lectures and feel discussion group participation enhances the trainees’ experience, we do not set or monitor training requirements. Some departments and labs use individualized training to augment the series. Please ask your PI about what your training requirements are prior to registering and register lectures and only for discussion groups that you do plan to attend. If your plans change after the fact, please let us know so we can give your spot to someone else. Space is limited in all discussion groups (10-12 per group).

What If I Miss a Lecture?

We encourage participants to attend the lectures if at all possible; however, the lectures are videotaped and you may watch the videos for attendance credit. The videos will be posted to the BRI website (Resources tab) for viewing.  A web-based attendance/evaluation will be available for you to sign certifying that you have watched the video in its entirety.  The videos are generally available within 2 weeks after each lecture.  Please note that viewing the lecture is not a pre-requisite for discussion group attendance.  If you are enrolled in a discussion group, please attend whether or not you have already viewed the lecture.

Can I Get Credit For Watching a Video After the BRI Closes?

The videos will be archived on our website (Resources tab), but we only include attendance reported to us by October 31st. If you miss this deadline, talk with your PI.  S/he has the option of tracking this training in-house.  Videos from past years are available for viewing in the Bioethics and Humanities Department - please call or email to schedule an appointment.

What If I Miss a Discussion Group?

We encourage you to plan carefully, but sometimes changes must be made. If you need to reschedule you will be able to do so online up to 72 hours prior to your scheduled group; please contact Margaret Mitchell, 206-221-6548 or uwbri@u.washington.edu for last minute changes. With early enough notice, we may be able to give the spot to someone on the wait list.

Reschedule requests will be put in the queue after all the group assignments have been made and you may or may not get one of your top choices for dates.

In the event that you fail to attend a discussion group in which you have enrolled, an email will be sent to you and copied to your PI/Department. The email will include the dates/times of any future groups for which you are enrolled and will require reconfirmation of plans to attend. These small groups are arranged for 10 to 12 trainees, so if there are several “no shows”, the discussion is not optimal for those who attended as scheduled and we ask that you be considerate of the time commitment from our volunteer discussion group leaders.  We appreciate your every effort to attend as scheduled.  We cannot guarantee rescheduling for no shows.  Two no shows will mean automatic cancellation from any other scheduled groups.  

How Does My Attendance Get Reported?

Attendance will now be available to trainees, PIs, Program Directors and Departments listed on the registration database. The PIs can then include this information in their progress reports to NIH. Our report is a courtesy report to UW PIs/Departments and is not shared directly with any funding agency. We are unable to prepare individualized documentation of participation. Attendance is manually input from various sources (lecture and discussion sign in forms and video catalyst databases), so it may take several weeks for the attendance to show up on your profile, with video attendance being posted towards the end of the series..

How Do I Get a Record of My Past Attendance?

Please check with your PI or department.  The PI can request reports from previous years. Past attendance reports include information for all participants, so these reports won't be distributed to individuatl trainees.

How Do 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.

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 for further information at uwbri@u.washington.edu.

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

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.

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. Malia Fullerton at smfllrtn@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 beginning 2009, the information will be available on-line to the PIs and trainees.  More information about the new on-line program will be posted soon.  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.

What Can I Report to the NIH About the Ethics Training My Trainees Receive?

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.
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.
 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, data acquisition and ownership, peer review, responsible authorship, and research misconduct. Each lecturer will also address researcher/trainee responsibilities and/or collaborative science.
 Discussion Sections: Each summer there are three rounds of BRI cases discussions. Each discussion is designed to address multiple RCR topics linked to the summer lectures. 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 the research integrity topics at hand.
 Website: The program website offers additional resources and readings on each topic (updated annually).
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 BRI website for relevant links).

Stephanie Malia Fullerton, D.Phil
Associate Professor
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Genome Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Director, Biomedical Research Integrity Program
Core Faculty, Institute for Public Health Genetics
Affiliate Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
General research interests include scientific decision-making, the relationship of basic research to clinical research and practice (especially as it pertains to use of racial and/or ethnic identification), and research ethics. Recent work has focused on genome scientists' understandings of the genetic basis of common complex traits and diseases.

Rose D. James, PhD
Acting Assistant Professor
Research interests include developing strategies responsive to community interests in research, assessment of community-based participatory research partnerships, and translational research ethics. She has conducted community-based research to understand attitudes towards mammography screening with American Indian and Alaska Native women. Dr. James, a member of the Lummi tribe, works on various grants involving tribal-academic partnerships including a project to develop research infrastructure to address tribal health priorities, a pharmacogenetics study and a project to develop processes for meaningful dissemination of research results in tribal communities.

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Resources for Advisory Board

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