Research Compliance Office
The Research Compliance Office supports the research mission of Mass General Brigham and its affiliates by promoting adherence to regulatory requirements, sponsor and institutional policies, and the development of ethical business practices throughout the Mass General Brigham research community.
The mission of the Mass General Brigham Research Compliance office is to ensure policies and procedures are developed in accordance with local, state, and federal policies; educate the research community on regulatory requirements; and provide oversight and monitoring of high-risk research activities. The Mass General Brigham Research Compliance office responds to incidents of non-compliance and coordinates efforts across a multitude of departments and institutions to develop corrective action plans and reporting to the appropriate regulatory agency. The office also provides a means for staff to report non-compliance without fear of retaliation.
Research Integrity and Reporting a Concern
Mass General Brigham is committed to advancing a culture of compliance and scientific integrity among its investigators, postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and research administrators. Although rare, instances of scientific research misconduct may arise. When they do, it is the responsibility of the research community to see they are addressed appropriately.
Mass General Brigham has developed a Research Misconduct Policy that defines what constitutes research misconduct, explains the investigatory process, and identifies a Research Integrity Officer for each hospital with a research portfolio. The policy applies to all individuals engaged in research regardless of their role in the research project. All allegations must be reported to the hospital Research Integrity Officer (RIO) unless they are unvalidated. Unfounded or bad faith allegations have a profound impact on the individual(s) accused of wrongdoing even when proven false.
The RIOs listed below are available to discuss any circumstances that may raise issues regarding the scientific integrity of research at their hospital.
Mass General Brigham
Ravi Thadhani, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women's Hospital / Faulkner Hospital
Paul Anderson, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harry Orf, PhD
Mass Eye and Ear
Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD
The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Corporation
Ross Zafonte, DO
Julian N. Robinson, MD
Mitchell Rein, MD
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Program
It is the expectation of Mass General Brigham and its affiliated hospitals that all members of the research community will perform their research in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards. Principal Investigators, as leaders of scientific projects, are responsible for the scientific integrity of work undertaken in their laboratories and for mentoring staff who work on these projects. Educating staff, fellows, and students in research best practices is the foundation for discouraging scientific misconduct and promoting research integrity.
RCR training is required of students and trainees supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutional training grants, individual fellowships, and career development awards.
RCR training is required of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows with any National Science Foundation (NSF) support.
To allow students and trainees to meet the RCR compliance requirement, Mass General Brigham Research Compliance offers an RCR program that is a combination of live and/or online instruction. Within their first year of NIH or NSF support, students and trainees must attend a four-hour Mass General Brigham RCR seminar (offered three times a year) and four hospital-based RCR courses, in addition to completing the basic CITI online RCR course.
Students, fellows, and career awardees supported by NIH or NSF awards administered by a Mass General Brigham hospital completing their work at a non-Mass General Brigham institution should contact the Mass General Brigham Research Compliance Office to register for RCR training.
Upon completion of the RCR Program, trainees and fellows are required to submit an Attestation Form to the Mass General Brigham Research Compliance office, confirming they have fulfilled the NIH or NSF requirement via the Research Navigator. Students, fellows, and career awardees from non-Mass General Brigham institutions supported by Mass General Brigham awards who do not have access to the Research Navigator should contact the Mass General Brigham Research Compliance Office by submitting an attestation form.
The NIH also requires individuals with three or more years of NIH training or career award support to complete additional RCR training. This requirement can be fulfilled online by completing three modules (Collaborative Research, Peer Review, and Research Misconduct) of the CITI Program RCR refresher course and submitting an attestation form.