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Office of Continuing Professional Development

Partners Research Education Series for Principal Investigators

Course Description

The Research Misconduct Prevention Module is focused primarily on federal research misconduct requirements for Public Health Service-funded research, the group of Health and Human Services Agencies, e.g. NIH, CDC and FDA, which provide the majority of Partners federal research funding. In addition to definitions and regulatory and policy requirements, the Module also identifies what a PI should do when a research misconduct allegation is brought to his/her attention and best practices for fostering a culture of compliance and integrity within your labs and research groups. From both a regulatory and ethical perspective, as PIs we are responsible for the scientific integrity of research produced under our leadership and for instilling research ethics in our students and fellows and the junior investigators.

This activity consists of two 15-minute sections. To complete each section, you must view the 2 different presentations (located on the 'Archived Webinar' tab) and complete the post-test and evaluation.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Define what constitutes research misconduct under Public Health Service (PHS)* regulations
a. Definition of research misconduct: fabrication, falsification or plagiarism
b. HHS Office of Research Integrity role and requirements
2. Review Partners policy and procedures for handling misconduct allegations
3. Identify your obligations as PI
4. State how to respond when allegations are brought to your attention
5. Summarize best practices to foster research integrity within your research group/lab

Target Audience
This activity is intended for all Partners HealthCare principal investigators (MD's and PhD's)

This activity is free of charge. To complete each section, you must view the 2 different presentations (located on the 'Archived Webinar' tab) and complete the post-test and evaluation.

For questions regarding registration, please contact Partners Office of Continuing Professional Development at

For questions regarding the Research Education Series, please contact Partners Research Compliance Office at


Paul Anderson, MD, PhD
Chief Academic Officer, Senior Vice President of Research
K. Frank Austen Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dennis Brown, PhD
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Program in Membrane Biology;
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Office for Research Career Development;
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Scott Lukas, PhD
Director, McLean Imaging Center;
Director, Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Anne Klibanski, MD
Laurie Carrol Guthart Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief Academic Officer,Partners HealthCare

Mary Mitchell
Partners HealthCare Corporate Director of Research Compliance

Allison Moriarty
Brigham and Women's Hospital Vice President, Research Administration and Compliance

Provided by:

Partners HealthCare System

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CME Information

This enduring material will be available on-demand for year.

Release Date: October 22, 2015
Expiration Date:
October 21, 2016
Duration: 30 minutes total

Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure Statements
In accord with the disclosure policy of Partners HealthCare System as well as guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), planners, speakers and anyone who may have an influence on the content of the activity have been asked to disclose any relationship they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, devices, etc. that may be germane to the content of their presentation. Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias, but provides participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

Partners HealthCare System has implemented a process to resolve potential COIs for this CME activity to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public.

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:
Chris Clark
Robert Damiano
Mary Mitchell
Allison Moriarty
Danielle Morin
Beth Watters

The following planner and/or their spouse/partner has reported a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:
Anne Klibanski, MD
Investigator: Ipsen, Novartis, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:
Mary Mitchell
Allison Moriarty

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:
Paul Anderson, MD, PhD
Employee (spouse): GlaxoSmithKline

Dennis Brown, PhD
Inventor: Exosome Diagnostics

Anne Klibanski, MD
Investigator: Ipsen, Novartis, Rhythm Pharmceuticals

Scott Lukas, PhD
Expert Witness: Various law firms

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