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  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is committed to ensuring the veracity of research conducted under its oversight and has put policies and procedures in place to ensure that its research meets the highest of ethical standards. The Office of Research Integrity is responsible for providing education, guidance and institutional support to faculty and institutional leadership in the areas of conflict of interest, research misconduct and general issues of research integrity. The Office of Research Integrity also provides general advice to faculty regarding interactions with industry and reviews the outside consulting agreements of faculty and research staff to ensure such activities comply with institutional policies.

    Research Misconduct

    Research Misconduct means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has put into place a policy that outlines the process for reviewing and investigating allegations of misconduct and explains the consequences of misconduct. The policy is available here:

    The Office of Research Integrity administers this policy and is a resource for anyone with concerns or questions about possible research misconduct. Kristin Bittinger, Director of the Office of Research Integrity, is Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Research Integrity Officer.

    For more information: 617-632-4557

    Conflict of Interest

    An Individual Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) occurs when an Individual's outside financial interests (or those of their Family or any Associated Entity) could be directly and significantly impacted by or could directly and significantly impact the Individual's research activities conducted through or with resources of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    An institutional conflict of interest in research (ICOI) describes a situation in which the financial interests of an institution or an institutional official, acting within his or her authority on behalf of the institution, may unduly affect or appear to affect the conduct of research or other related activities of the institution.

    Under the oversight of the DFCI Faculty Committee on Conflicts of Interest and the DFCI Institutional Conflicts of Interest Committee, the Office for Research Integrity is responsible for the implementation of the following conflict of interest policies:

    For more information: 617-632-3490