Biomedical Research Integrity Program

Sponsored by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities
School of Medicine, University of Washington

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. The School of Medicine has developed a program of lectures with associated discussion groups, entitled the Biomedical Research Integrity (BRI) Program, for its researchers to meet this requirement. All School of Medicine trainees are required to participate.

Please read our mission statement (PDF).

Note:  This RCR training meets the NIH educational requirement for research trainees This is NOT the RCR training site for NSF-funded undergrad/post-doc students. For more information on the NSF training, please visit their website NSF-FUNDED RCR training information

BRI Advisory Board

Kelly Edwards, Bioethics & Humanities, BRI Program Director
Wylie Burke, Bioethics & Humanities
Malia Fullerton, Bioethics & Humanities
Rose James, Bioethics & Humanities
Margaret Mitchell, Bioethics & Humanities
David Dichek, Director for Research: Medicine/Cardiology
Holly Tabor, Treuman Katz Pediatric Bioethics/Children’s
Gino Gianola, MEDEX NW
Diane Korngiebel, Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education
Patrick Hutchins, Post doc Fellow, Heinecke Lab SLU
Sarah Knerr, PhD Candidate, Health Services
Marshall Horwitz, Pathology, Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, MSTP Program
Lee Strucker, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center
Catherine Booth-LaForce, ITHS

Program Overview

The BRI program meets the PHS requirement for instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research in National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grants (NIH Guide, 1994). The program covers the following topics (representing five of the seven required topics) described in the NIH Guide:

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

Note: Each BRI lecturer will also be asked to incorporate explicit reference to researcher/trainee responsibilities and/or collaborative science.  These two topics are not currently required by NIH; however, they were included in a list of required topics prepared by NIH in 2000 (subsequently suspended) and inclusion of these topics is the national norm for RCR training.  Discussion of many of the required topics is incomplete without reference to these issues.

  1. The two additional required RCR topics are: policies regarding the use of human and animal subjects; these are required only when directly applicable to the trainee’s work.  These topics are covered through existing UW training programs.
  2. We offer three rounds of BRI case discussion groups each summer.  Each case discussion group will include cases covering two required RCR topics and one non-required topics – e.g., cases in a given session might address conflict of interest, peer review and collaborative science.  This approach provides trainees with useful redundancy in case review and acknowledges the many overlaps in RCR topics.

For those seeking more resources and guidance on a topic, please see the BRI resources website for links to local and national policies, sample cases with discussion, and current articles.

Over 450 trainees participated in the BRI Program in 2006, just fewer than 400 participated in 2007, and 410 participated in the 2008 Program. Attendance is recorded and subject to PHS review. Attendance is also reported to department chairs and Principal Investigators to monitor their trainees' participation. While the Program is designed to cover all required PHG topics in a single annual cycle, trainees are allowed to participate in several BRI Program over the course of their traineeship, permitting them a reasonable degree of flexibility in meeting the attendance requirement.

Please check with the Principal Investigator of the grant on which you are supported to determine the number of lectures and discussion groups required to satisfy the NIH requirement.

The specifics on PHS policy can be found at: