Research Best Practices Day - Friday, March 18th.

Research Best Practices Day

Friday, March 18, 2011
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, Room 1413


Registration is online at:


8:00 am                Sign-in and Refreshments


8:30 am                Welcome


8:40 am                Responsible Conduct of Research

  • Integrity within the scientific enterprise is a priority for researchers, administrators, funding agencies and the public.  It is important to understand best practices for managing data, mentoring, collaborating and publishing with others, and peer review.  Relevant local and federal policies and procedures will be reviewed and practical examples of research dilemmas will be explored.             

9:45 am                 Conflicts of Interests in Research (2 CREC)

  • The issue of conflicting interests in research has received much attention lately, specifically: how individuals and institutions identify, manage, and disclose personal interests that may conflict with research interests or that may create the appearance of influence.  This session will explain the concept of conflicting interests in research and will describe the university’s requirements for disclosure of outside interests by faculty members and others involved in the research enterprise.   

10:30 am              Technology Transfer

  • The mission of the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is to lead the successful commercialization of ideas developed by people at CWRU through licensing to existing businesses or starting new enterprises.  What does that mean and how do they do that?  What does that mean to you and why should you care?  Staff of the TTO will be on hand to answer these and other questions and to provide practical advice about working with their office.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm       Lunch on your own


12:00 pm              Human Subjects Protections (3 CREC)

  • Protecting the rights and welfare of participants is a primary focus of any research study that includes humans as the subjects.  This session will explore best practices identified through quality improvement monitoring of research studies. Tips and tools will be provided to help research teams enhance the protections they provide for human subjects in their research programs.

1:00 pm                Research Financials

  • Careful planning and prudent spending practices are essential components of a successful research program.  This session will provide an overview of financial considerations identified throughout the entire grant funding process from applying for funding through the spending of awards.   Helpful tips and tools will be provided to help research teams navigate the process smoothly.  Areas covered include pre-award processes, project monitoring, cost transfers and closeouts.


Target audience:  investigators, study coordinators, department assistants, graduate students and others involved in research at CWRU and the affiliated hospitals.