Education and Training for Research Personnel

The Office of Data Quality supports multiple educational opportunities and training requirements for DF/HCC research personnel. Our program includes maintaining the Human Subject Protection (HSP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training through the CITI website, providing policy and regulatory training for new DF/HCC investigators, and coordinating an educational lecture series open to all DF/HCC institutions.

HSP and GCP Staff Training Lists

Research Staff with the appropriate OnCore access may download real-time reports to verify the current HSP/GCP training and expiration dates for all active DF/HCC research personnel. For instructions on accessing these reports, please click here: 

Frequently Asked Questions - HSP and GCP Training

Per EDU-100, all Principal Investigators conducting DF/HCC research must fulfill a DF/HCC New Investigator Training requirement, as set by ODQ.

There are two versions available. One focuses on Clinical Research (Drug/Device) and the other on Non-Clinical Research, including Social-Behavioral studies. Please contact ODQEducation@dfci.harvard.edu if you are unsure of which version to complete. This training can be completed as an e-learning here:

Please contact ODQEducation@dfci.harvard.edu with any questions regarding this training requirement.

DF/HCC eLearning Center

Welcome to eLearning Center, an online resource library that houses trainings intended to assist investigators and research personnel with maintaining compliance while conducting research at DF/HCC. Additionally, you can find recordings of previous presentations and lectures given on various topics relevant to DF/HCC research.

DF/HCC Comprehensive New Investigator & Researcher Training

This training is required for Principal Investigators, per policy EDU-100, however all DF/HCC research personnel are strongly encouraged to view this presentation, as it covers topics such as DF/HCC structure, systems, policies and requirements, and where to find additional resources relevant to conducting research at DF/HCC. This training runs about 40 minutes. 

Recorded Presentations

January 12, 2018

"Clinical, Regulatory, Logistical, and Financial Aspects of CAR-T and other Novel Cell Therapies"
Sarah Nikiforow, MD, PhD
Clinical Instructor, Stem Cell Transplantation Program
Asst. Medical Director, Cell Manipulation Core Facility
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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April 29, 2016

"Ethical Issues Related to Research Biopsies and Stored Biospecimens"
Jeffrey Peppercorn, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Massachusetts General Hospital

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MARCH 21, 2016

"Non-Clinical Research"
Sara Harnish, J.D.
Associate Director for Non-Clinical Research
Office for Human Research Studies

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January 22, 2016

"Unanticipated Problems and Adverse Events"
Michele Russell-Einhorn, JD

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Cultural Competency Training for new DF/HCC researchers

With growing concerns about racial and ethnic disparities in cancer care and the need for cancer centers to accommodate increasingly diverse patient populations, it is important that health care professionals are educated on how their own and their patients' culture influence health care delivery, health behaviors, and access to clinical trials. This self-directed program will stimulate your thinking about cultural competence and help you to understand how culture influences health care decisions and participation in clinical trials.

Part I: Reflections on Cultural Competence in Cancer Care

View below (speaker: Christopher Lathan, MD)