Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training targeted MURTI fellows, MUST postgraduate students, and all persons involved in research including established MUST faculty. The main objective of the training was to provide a guide for researchers regarding RCR; the main ethical standards and outline the operations and review process of Research Ethics Committees. The training was centered on promoting integrity in research. Lectures, group discussions, case study approach and excursions were used to teach the RCR course. Each case study had accompanying questions to guide discussion. At the end of the course, trainees were expected to define and describe the components of responsible conduct of research; understand ethics in research and how it came about; describe research misconduct and procedures for reporting and investigating it; analyze violation of research regulations; and recognize conflict of interest and develop strategies to avoid or manage such conflicts. The RCR training was conducted twice each over a five-day period with 18 participants in the January 2016 and 26 participants in April 2016 class.

The RCR course was conducted by Dr. Gertrude Kiwanuka the deputy chair MUST REC since 2011, Dr. Francis Bajunirwe the current MUST REC Chair since 2015, Dr. Paul Alele and Mr. Oloro Joseph.