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Ethical Conduct

Maintaining the reputation of the NIH for the highest ethical standards is the goal of the entire scientific community. Any questions or concerns on Research Ethics should be directed to the Agency Intramural Research Integrity Officer, Dr. Melissa Colbert, AIRIO (301-827-7745), or Dr. Pat Weitzel, Technical Specialist in Research Misconduct (301-451-7764). The AIRIO office can also be reached via

This section of the Sourcebook provides information or links for Ethical Conduct in each of five specific areas:

Research Ethics

  • NIH Policies
  • NIH Guidelines

Special Research Considerations

  • Dual-Use Research
  • Use of Human Stem Cells
  • Fetal Tissue Research

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

  • Instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research for Postdoc IRTA, CRTA, VF, Research Associates
  • Instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research for Postbacs and GPP Students
  • Resources for Training Directors
  • Annual Review of Ethics (Case Studies)
  • Processes for Authorship Dispute Resolution

Government Ethics

  • NIH Ethics Program and Policies
  • Guidelines
  • Other Ethics Topics


  • Clinical Research Topics
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Health Policy

The page was last updated on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:18pm