Ethics and Integrity in Research
As a nonprofit biomedical research institution, The Wistar Institute is committed to conducting basic research to benefit society and to training the next generation of scientists. Integrity in research is essential to expanding our knowledge of the basic biological processes fundamental to life. All faculty, staff, trainees, and students involved in research at The Wistar Institute are required to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct in research and to adhere to the rules and regulations of federal agencies governing biomedical research. Faculty and senior research staff are expected to serve as mentors to trainees and students, teaching them the standards of ethical practice in research. Elements of integrity in research include intellectual honesty in conducting and reporting research, maintenance of accurate research records and results, proper allocation of credit among co-authors of studies, fairness in peer review, openness in communications and sharing of resources, transparency in potential conflicts of interest, humane care of animals in the conduct of research, and protection of human subjects in the conduct of research.