Reflections on the responsible conduct of cancer research

Mark A. Brown, Richard J. Ablin, Denys N. Wheatley

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Most cancer researchers regularly practice the responsible conduct of research (RCR) without consciously considering it. As professional scientists, we simply do what we are trained to do. However, as we train a new generation of cancer researchers in our laboratories, we must be vigilant against undue complacency. In an age when misconduct in research is receiving more media attention than ever before, we should periodically take a moment of pause and reflect upon the meaning and practice of responsibly conducting research. Rather than meeting minimum standards in a compliance-driven manner, we should practice forethought and periodically consider how we can improve. We, as leaders in cancer research, must then push our peers to do the same. By embedding RCR into the culture of cancer research through a multilayer approach, including regular assessment at the levels of individual research groups, departmentally, and institutionally, we will become a model discipline in the responsible conduct of research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5
JournalCancer Cell International
StatePublished - Mar 2 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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