Training Programs

The Office of Research Integrity offers training on a variety of compliance areas.  These training programs are available online, as formal training courses or workshops, for-credit course, via informal workshops, or as customized training for a specific audience.  Basic courses related to the Humane Care and Use of Animals, Protection of Human Subjects, Export Controls, and Conflicts of Interest are available online through a program called CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) administered by the University of Miami.

Types of Training 

Human Subjects: Training in human subject protections is required for all UAF researchers conducting human subject research.  Research personnel must complete the applicable training course(s) within CITI if they are conducting non-exempt human subject research or will have access to identifiable human subject data. For more information on enrolling for this course, please visit:  http://www.uaf.edu/irb/training/.

Animal Care & Use:  The "Working with the IACUC" course in CITI is required for all individuals working with live vertebrates.  It provides a review of the regulatory requirements, review procedures, and ethical principles governing the use of animals in research, teaching, and testing. For more information on enrolling for this course, please visit:  http://www.uaf.edu/iacuc/training/.  

Export Controls:  The "Export Compliance" course in CITI is required for all individuals responsible for or working on an export controlled project. It provides a review of the U.S. Export Control regulations and describes the varying responsibilities of UAF personnel involved in export controls. For more information on enrolling for this course, please visit the Export Controls Training page.

Conflicts of Interest: Training in conflicts of interest is required for all UAF principal investigators receiving PHS funding. The term "investigator" includes anyone who is responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of the proposed research or educational activity.  UAF uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) run by the University of Miami.  For more information or to enroll visit: https://www.citiprogram.org/

Responsible Conduct in Research:  Provides a basic overview of the concepts of Responsible Conduct in Research. UAF offers RCR instruction as a 2 credit course (LAS 601) delivered as a seminar series. Completing this course fulfills the National Health Institute and National Science Foundation requirement for the 'Responsible Conduct of Research Training' for trainees (postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates).

UAF also offers RCR training through CITI for any students or researchers wishing to complete it, however this course does not fulfill the RCR requirements per NIH and NSF policy.

Animal Facility Orientation:  This in-person session is intended for all personnel working in UAF-owned animal facilities in Fairbanks.  This includes the Irving I animal facility, approved satellite facilities, Biological Research & Diagnostics Building, SFOS Fisheries Facility in the Arctic Health Research Building, Biological Reserve, Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station (Reindeer Research Program), and the Large Animal Research Station.  Contact the ORI for more information or to enroll.

IRB Orientation:  This in-person session is intended as an introduction to the UAF Institutional Review Board's policies, procedures, review types, and forms.  Although not required, this orientation is strongly recommended for new graduate students, post doctoral researchers, and faculty planning to conduct research involving human subjects.  Contact the ORI for more information or to enroll.

IBC Orientation:  This in-person session is intended as an introduction to the UAF Institutional Biosafety Committee's policies, procedures, review types, and forms.  Although not required, this orientation is strongly recommended for new graduate students, post doctoral researchers, and faculty planning to conduct research involving recombinant DNA, infectious agents, or genetically modified organisms. Contact the ORI for more information or to enroll.

Biological Safety Cabinet Training:  This course is required for all individuals who will be working with a Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC).  Training must be completed before an individual can be approved to work on any project requiring use of a BSC.  This course is available through Blackboard; contact the ORI for more information or to enroll.

Special Topic Workshops:  Periodically the Office of Research Integrity will offer a workshop on specific regulatory or responsible conduct in research topics.  These workshops will be advertised on the ORI home page, through emails, and fliers posted around campus.  Workshops are open to all UAF faculty, staff, and students, but are typically designed and  intended for a researcher audience rather than support staff.

Other Training and Classroom Requests

Contact ORI (uaf-ori@alaska.edu or x7800) if you would like to schedule a continuing education event or guest lecture for your class, group, department, etc.

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