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PI Primer: A new virtual workshop on the role and responsibilities of PIs in human research

A new virtual workshop trains University of Minnesota principal investigators (PIs) on conducting research that involves human participants. CTSI developed this training in partnership with the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and Conflict of Interest Program (COI).


The 90-minute virtual workshop covers:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a PI for a human research study.
  • How to address and prevent common inspection findings. 
  • How to recognize and manage conflicts of interest. 

The course combines an instructional presentation with a case study review and interactive group discussion.


To take the course, participants must have completed prerequisite trainings for PI status, including:

  • HIPAA training
  • CITI training - Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Human Research Protections for Biomedical Study Teams training or Social/Behavioral or Humanist Research Investigators and Key Personnel
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

All participants will take an evaluation upon completion of the training. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Participants can receive a maximum of 1.75 hours of credits. 

Take the course

The course will be offered quarterly, and is available for self-registration through the University of Minnesota’s Training Hub.

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