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Good Research Practice


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As a medical school that aspires to be world class, LKCMedicine is committed to achieving excellence in research and scholarship. This pursuit demands that we adhere to the highest standards of integrity and ethics in all our clinical and non-clinical research endeavours. Honesty, transparency and accountability are the foundations on which we conduct our research.

To maintain these high standards, we have developed the Good Research Practice framework. Our commitment to Good Research Practice was derived from our research community, for our research community. It spells out what the School – our faculty, postdocs, students and staff – do to demonstrate and fulfil our commitment to ensuring the highest standards of integrity and ethics in all our work.

Our commitment to Good Research Practice describes the behaviours that underpin high-quality science, the robust evidence base for improving health and healthcare, and ensure public confidence in the research enterprise and the investment of public funds.

ood Research Practice is the shared responsibility of everyone in our research community. As researchers, we have responsibilities to our subjects, colleagues and the wider society. As a School, we are responsible for fostering a culture that supports and embeds good research practice and thereby maintains the compact between science and society.

Only then can we make scientific advances that benefit one and all.

Professor James Best
Dean, LKCMedicine


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Our Commitments as Researchers at LKCMedicine

This extraordinary set of 19 commitments and supporting behaviours are a bold and forward-looking statement by LKCMedicine’s research community. In October 2016, when the school was barely five years old, almost all 250 of us –from PhD students and research assistants to the most senior professors – assembled in the EMB Learning Studio to crystallise the elements of our research culture, and set our expectations of ourselves and each other. We wanted every voice to be heard, providing a grassroots perspective from the men and women at the bench.

We started with the School’s five values: Humility, Integrity, Compassion, Continuous Learning and Professionalism. Although defined primarily for our medical students, we realised they are significant for researchers too. Every one of us then identified 10 supporting behaviours to which we would commit, two for each value. In less than an hour, almost 2500 commitments were made, each an “I will” or “I will not” statement drafted on a ‘sticky-note’ that would be arranged and rearranged many times as the commitments and supporting behaviours were distilled and refined over the next two months. The final version, checked and endorsed by the researchers, was approved by the Governing Board in February 2017.

These commitments help define a research culture to which we aspire. It may evolve, but the commitments are timeless, sombre and yet uplifting. How it was created is yet another way that LKCMedicine is “Redefining Medicine, Transforming Healthcare.”

Professor Russell Gruen
Vice-Dean (Research), LKCMedicine

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