Traffic Evaluation


Many of us wished that such training was more widespread read here in our country. To work out how we could provide it, I teamed up with Abhimanyu Veerakumarasivam, a geneticist at Sunway University in Subang Jaya, and Chai Lay-Ching, a microbiologist at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, with help from the US academy. Although some researchers in Malaysia were already familiar with human- and animal-research ethics, few had heard the phrase ‘responsible conduct of research’ (RCR) or received instruction in research integrity. When I was a graduate student and postdoc in the United States, RCR training tended to be shallow discussions with few practical applications. A mandatory course merely called for me to read some material and answer a few questions. But for best practices to take root, researchers need more than rote knowledge. They need to believe these practices are important, and to be able to make ethical decisions that apply to their particular situation. Our group decided to try something different. All of us were members of the Young Scientists Network — Academy of Sciences Malaysia, which had been set up as a platform for young scientists to give voice to their opinions and contribute to society. Our peers had shown enthusiasm in the past, so we knew they would be good early participants.