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Research Policies and Guidelines

Upstate Medical University has established a number of new policies and guidelines to guide faculty and staff in the responsible conduct of research and commercialization of intellectual property.

  • Minor Volunteers and Minor Paid Workers in Upstate Research Laboratories Review
    Upstate recognizes the importance of early participation in health care, medicine, and biomedical research activities in the career choice and planning by future professionals in these fields. Upstate encourages mentoring of high school students through such activities by its faculty. Equally important is our obligation to understand and comply with State Labor law requirements and restrictions in the matter of placing minors as volunteers or paid workers in a laboratory setting.
  • Research Conflicts of Interest
    This policy identifies conflicts of interest in sponsored research; adequately manages, or where possible, eliminates such conflicts; and ensures that SUNY Upstate Medical University (“Upstate”) is in compliance with its obligations.
  • Policy for Registering Clinical Trials
    In support of the idea that researchers and the public at large should have access to relevant
    information about ongoing clinical trials involving human subjects, SUNY Upstate Medical University
    expects that all clinical research studies conducted at Upstate or by Upstate faculty be registered through This expectation ensures that research data generated by Upstate faculty
    will be eligible for publication and trial information will be made available to the public at large.
  • Research Misconduct Policy
    This policy defines research misconduct and describes the procedures to be taken when an allegation of possible misconduct in research is received by the Research Integrity Officer or another institution official. This policy applies to all individuals at Upstate Medical University, including faculty, staff, students, fellows, and volunteers, as well as those affiliated with Upstate, who engage in research. Because most of Upstate's sponsored research is received from Public Health Service (PHS) agencies, the Upstate Research Misconduct Policy incorporates the Office of Research Integrity Research (ORI) Misconduct Policy, 42 CFR 93 into its broader definition of research misconduct.
  • Authorship and Manuscript Submission Guidelines
    All Upstate faculty, staff, fellows, and students are encouraged to follow the guidelines established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Authorship and manuscript submission topics are also addressed by Upstate's Research Misconduct and Relations with the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Biotechnology Industries Policies listed above.
  • Data Retention and Ownership Policy
    This policy defines the terms of retention and ownership of research data created at Upstate Medical University by faculty, staff, students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists utilizing Upstate facilities in the course of their scholarly activities and research.

NIH Financial Conflict of Interest

NIH is committed to preserving the public's trust that the research supported by NIH is conducted without bias and with the highest scientific and ethical standards, and will be strengthening its existing regulations on managing financial conflicts of interest. Visit their website for more information on financial conflict of interest.

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