Duke University has implemented multiple programs/initiatives to support a culture of rigor, reproducibility, and responsible conduct of research. These programs are intended to support a culture of research integrity at all levels. The Duke Office of Scientific Integrity (DOSI) is a key element in advancing a culture of scientific integrity. DOSI is composed of five areas of focus:
- Conflict of Interest: DOSI-COI collaborates with faculty, staff, internal Duke offices and external organizations to ensure quality review, management and reporting of financial conflicts of interest within the School of Medicine.
- Misconduct in Research: The Misconduct Review Officer (MRO), Dr. Donna Kessler, oversees the review of allegations of misconduct. Duke faculty and staff are able to report possible misconduct concerns directly to Dr. Kessler, their department chair or division chief, dean or other appropriate institutional official. Concerns may also be reported anonymously through the Integrity Line at 1-800-826-8109.
- Institutional Research Incident Response Committee: This committee works to resolve issues that could hinder research progress or that could create an institutional risk, but that do not generally require a formal institutional response.
- Advancing Scientific Integrity Services and Training: Advancing Scientific Integrity Services and Training (ASIST) develops programming in support of Duke’s collective commitment to maintaining and improving a culture of scientific integrity.
- Quality Management Programs:
- The Clinical Quality Management Program (CQMP) was established to develop and implement a comprehensive, standardized, prospective clinical research monitoring program including quality assurance and quality control measures. The program focuses on helping departmental clinical research units develop CQM Plans for all consenting and prospective studies that are not externally or independently monitored and that do not have ongoing approved monitoring plans.
- The Research Quality Management Program (RQMP) was recently established as a conduit to innovate and implement best practices for Research Quality, Scientific Integrity and Accountability among departments, centers and institutes in collaboration with the School of Medicine. Each SOM department, center or institute will designate a Research Quality Team (RQT) to ensure implementation of best practices with regards to data quality, research integrity and accountability.
In addition to these initiatives, DOSI supports the Research Town Hall Series, which is a recurring, engaging series developed to reinforce a strong research culture at Duke University.