Registration Open for Winter Session of Essentials of Patient-Oriented Research (EPOR), “Ethics of Clinical Research”

Hello All,

Please note that registration for the Winter session of Essentials of Patient-Oriented Research (EPOR), “Ethics of Clinical Research”, is now open. The Winter EPOR course meets the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirement for trainees receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) and/or National Science Foundation (NSF) funding. The Winter EPOR session gives you a front-row seat to the issues scientists can face and the best ways to handle them. Winter EPOR addresses everything from conflicts of interest to the ethical treatment of animals to intellectual property. All those who receive support from a NIH and/or NSF training grant are required to complete an 8-hour RCR course at the start of their training and again every four years.

Please pass this information along to investigators/trainees, nurses, research staff, etc., that may be interested. Classes will occur via Zoom and will run from January 9 through March 12 for a total of 10 weeks, Tuesday evenings 5:15–6:15 p.m. Winter session registration is due no later than January 22, the last date attendees can still be eligible for a certificate of completion. Individuals will receive Zoom instructions via email after registration.

Please feel free to contact Les Cooke ( or Snezana Pavlic ( if you have questions regarding this course.

Here’s the registration link:

*Please note that if you have taken Summer RCR or Winter EPOR within the past 4 years and received a certificate of completion, it is not necessary for you to retake this course at this time. If you did not attend the required 8 sessions to receive a certificate of completion, you are welcome to attend sessions that you have not previously attended within the past 4 years to fulfill this requirement for completion.

**Please note that due to updated guidance issued by the National Institute for Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), this online training does NOT completely fulfill the requirements for federally funded training or career development awards without additional in-person research training. This separate in-person research training can be fulfilled through the ITM or individuals can obtain their own in-person research training through department or discipline-specific activities at their respective institution.

***We request that you keep your web cameras on as much as possible as a professional courtesy to the speakers. However, we understand there will be times when your camera may need to be off. If you anticipate that your camera will need to remain off for the entire hour or all/most of the course, please contact us.


Les Cooke
Clinical Research Regulation and Training Lead
Institute for Translational Medicine
University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Division