Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research

On behalf of the combined basic science graduate programs at UCSF, OCPD coordinates an annual course entitled "Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)". This course is designated as “BMS 214” and meets the NIH requirements for training in the Responsible Conduct of Research required of all graduate students. Each Spring quarter, the course is offered at both Mission Bay and Parnassus.


BMS 214: Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Using lecture and case study formats, this course is designed to address key issues affecting the responsible conduct of scientific research, including:

  • Scientific Misconduct: Plagiarism, Falsification and Fabrication of Data
  • Scientific Record Keeping and Data Management
  • Animals in Research: Animal Rights and Welfare
  • Human Subjects in Research
  • Publication, Responsible Authorship and Peer Review Practices
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Mentoring and Being Mentored

This course is required for second-year graduate students enrolled in UCSF’s basic science graduate programs. Graduate students will be prompted to register for the course by their Program Administrators.  For 2015, BMS 214 runs for 7 consecutive weeks.  Identical sessions are offered at Parnassus and Mission Bay every week.  Wednesday sections are at Parnassus, 10 am - 11:30 am beginning April 8.  Thursday sections are at Mission Bay, 10 am - 11:30 am, beginning April 9.

Are others allowed to audit this course without enrolling?
Generally, participation in BMS 214 is limited to graduate students in the basic biomedical sciences.   Postdocs, residents, fellows or faculty who must take an in-person, lecture-based course such as BMS 214 may request audit the in-person course by sending an email to both course coordinators:

Bill Lindstaedt ([email protected]);  

Ulluminair Salim ([email protected]).

Others not required to take an RCR course but simply interested in this course contact may submit a request to audit to Bill Lindstaedt (bill[email protected]).