DIRECTOR: Dr. Richard Kessin, Professor, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
CO-DIRECTOR: Dr. Jaime S. Rubin, Director of Research Development, Department of Medicine

DESCRIPTION: This course explores a variety of ethical and policy issues that arise during the conduct of basic, translational, and clinical biomedical scientific research. Topics addressed include: (1) research misconduct; (2) "every day" ethical issues faced by biomedical scientists; (3) the use of laboratory animals in scientific research; (4) human research participants and scientific research; (5) authorship practices in scientific publications; (6) conflicts of interest arising from scientists acting as policy consultants and experts; (7) data sharing and data secrecy; (8) mentoring; (9) research with stem cells, and (10) the role of scientist in society. Course sessions will include lectures, discussion periods, and analyses of case studies.

Graduate level; Course number: G4010, Call number: 81497 [G4011 (Call number: 86096) is the course number for the Integrated Program and Department of Pharmacology's discussion group]. Given yearly in the Spring term; One point/credit; Pass/Fail - grade determined by attendance, class participation, and required essay. A two-three page essay on the article, "The Assault on David Baltimore", by Daniel J. Kevles (published in The New Yorker, 5/27/96, pp. 94-109, distributed in class). See: Abstract of article. Students are welcome to write on other subjects after consultation with Dr. Kessin or Dr. Rubin. No more than 2 absences are permitted. Twelve 1-hour sessions per term.

Note: This course attracts a significant number of participants from diverse educational programs. Directors of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training programs may wish to augment this course with additional requirements, e.g. small group discussion sessions involving program faculty. Resource material (e.g. reference texts, case studies) for such sessions may be obtained from the course directors. Faculty, post-doctorate fellows/scientists, staff, and students not wishing to formally register are welcome to audit the course.

LOCATION AND TIME: All sessions are held in Room 301 of the Hammer Health Sciences Center (701 W. 168th St), on Fridays 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

TEXT: Scientific Integrity, by F.L. Macrina., ASM Press, Washington, D.C. 3nd edition (2005). ISBN-13: 9781555813185; List price: $49.95; On reserve in the CU Health Sciences Library.
Companion website:
Features direct links to web-based resources cited in the text as well as supplemental material, updates on policies and regulations, and copies of Appendix I survey material.

Related Resources:
Bio and Medical Research Ethics:



Date Topic Speaker Contact Information
Jan 22 Ethics for Graduate Students Dr. Richard Kessin e-mail:
Jan 29 Responsible Conduct of Research
What Is It?
Dr. Jaime S. Rubin e-mail:
Feb 3 Humane and Responsible Use of Laboratory Animals Dr. David Ruble
Feb 12 No class
Feb 19 The History of Human Experimentation through the 1970's Dr. Barron Lerner e-mail:
Feb 26 Data Management and Data Sharing Dr. Richard Kessin e-mail:
Mar 5 Conflict of Interest Dr. Henry Spotnitz e-mail:
Mar 12 Mentoring Dr. Richard Robinson e-mail:
Mar 19 No class
Mar 26 Publication and Authorship Dr. Jaime S. Rubin e-mail:
Apr 2 The Rules of Human Experimentation Dr. Elaine L. Larson e-mail:
Apr 9 Research with Stem Cells Dr. Donald W. Landry e-mail:
Apr 16 Discussion groups
Apr 23 Scientific Citizenship Dr. Samuel Silverstein e-mail:

|Lecture 1| |Lecture 2| |Lecture 3| |Lecture 4| |Lecture 5| |Lecture 6|
| Lecture 7| | Lecture 8| | Lecture 9| | Lecture 10| | Lecture 11| | Lecture 12|

Lecture 1: Ethics for Graduate Students

Assigned text: Macrina, F.L. Scientific Integrity. Chapter 2.

Rotblat, J. (1999). A Hippocratic Oath for Scientists. Science. Vol. 286. no. 5444, p. 1475.
Full text of Editorial.

Kevles, D. J. (1996). The Assault on David Baltimore. The New Yorker. May 27, 1996, pp. 94-109.
Abstract of article

Morgenstern, J. (1995). The Fifty-Nine-Story Crisis. The New Yorker. May 29, 1995, pp. 45-53.
Abstract of article

Lecture 2: Responsible Conduct of Research: What Is It?

Assigned text: Macrina, F.L. Scientific Integrity. Chapter 1.

CU Institutional Policy on Misconduct in Research

Additional material distributed in class.

Lecture 3: Humane and Responsible Use of Laboratory Animals in Scientific Research

Assigned text: Macrina, F.L. Scientific Integrity. Chapter 6.

CU Medical Research Involving Animals

Lectures 4 and 9: Research with Human Subjects

Dr. Elaine Larson's Powerpoint Presentation

Assigned text: Macrina, F.L. Scientific Integrity. Chapter 5.

CUMC Institutional Review Board and Human Research Protection Program, including links to ethical principles, government regulations, and policies and guidances

Lecture 5: Data Data Management and Sharing

Assigned text: Macrina, F.L. Scientific Integrity. Chapter 9.

Lecture 6: Conflict of Interest

Assigned text: Macrina, F.L. Scientific Integrity. Chapter 7.

CUMC Conflict of Interest Policy; Faculty Handbook: Appendix L

CU Guidelines for Situations Involving Potential Conflicts of Interest Between Scholarly and Commercial Activities; Faculty Handbook: Appendix K

Statement of Columbia University Policy on Conflicts of Interest: Appendix J

Lecture 7: Mentoring

Assigned text: Macrina, F.L. Scientific Integrity. Chapter 3.

Lecture 8: Publications and Authorship

Assigned text: Macrina, F.L. Scientific Integrity. Chapter 4.

Lecture 10: Research with Stem Cells

Landry, Donald W., and Zucker, Howard A. Embryonic death and the creation of human embryonic stem cells. J Clin Invest. 2004 Nov;114(9):1184-6. Full text of article

Landry, Donald W., Zucker, Howard A., Sauer, Mark V, Reznik, Michael, and Wiebe, Lauren. Hypocellularity and absence of compaction as criteria for embryonic death. Regenerative Med. 2006 May; 1(3): 367-371. Summary of article

CU Policy on the Conduct of Research with Human Embryos and Human Embryonic Stem Cells

CU Human Embryo and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Special Operating Procedures

Lecture 12: Scientific Citizenship

Readings to be distributed in class.