Responsible Conduct of Research Course

Course Dates and Registration 

The course dates for 2023-2024 are:

Session I: Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 10:00-12:00 and Tuesday, October 10 2023, 10:00-12:00 (both sessions on Zoom)  Registration for this session has closed. 

Session II: Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 10:00-12:00 and Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 10:00-12:00 (both sessions on Zoom).

Session III: Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 10:00-12:00 and Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 10:00-12:00 (both sessions on Zoom)

If you have other inquiries, please write to We also welcome FoM postdoctoral fellows and research staff to sign up as facilitators, if you are interested, please reach out to us at

The Course

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course is mandatory for all biomedical research graduate students within the Faculty of Medicine who began their studies on or after January 2013. It is offered three times each academic year and as of 2013 is comprised of two face-to-face sessions and an online component that is to be completed between these two sessions. The RCR Course has been offered by the Faculty of Medicine since 2007 (face-to-face only for 2007-2013).

The online RCR course can be accessed at: (registering under the University of British Columbia). Note: the online component is intended to be completed midway between the two zoom sessions. The online course contains modules discussing the following topics: Ethics and the Responsible Researcher, Research Misconduct, Data Acquisition and Management, Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship, Writing with Integrity , Peer Review: Role and Process in Life Sciences Research, Responsible Mentoring, Collaborative Research, Conflicts of Interest, Human Participants Research and Ethics, and Animal Care and Use.

The following documents are useful in preparing for your first in-class session of RCR:

The following presentations and past syllabi are also available for download:

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