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Mission and History

CITI Program Mission Statement

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is dedicated to promoting the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and other topics pertinent to the interests of member organizations and individual learners.

These materials are designed and regularly updated to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and professionalism of investigators, staff, and students conducting research in the United States and internationally
  • Educate members, administrators, and leadership of ethics committees that review and oversee research
  • Promote ethical research at organizations through the education of research administrators and organizational leadership

CITI Program Founding

CITI Program was founded by Paul Braunschweiger, PhD, and Karen Hansen in March 2000. Dr. Braunschweiger is an Emeritus Professor of Radiation Oncology  at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and the Managing Director of CITI Program. Ms. Hansen serves as a Director of the Institutional Review Office at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

The first CITI Program course focused on Human Subjects Research (HSR) protections. It was developed by a group of content experts representing the Albany Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Boston, Dartmouth College, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Group Health Cooperative, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, University of Kentucky, University of Miami, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and University of Washington.

Continued Growth

CITI Program’s HSR content was significantly expanded in 2004 to include content for social and behavioral researchers (SBR). The initial SBR development group included representatives from the American Psychological Association, Columbia University, Duke University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina Department of Corrections, Research Triangle Institute, Rutgers University, University of Chicago, and University of Virginia.

CITI Program’s content now includes nearly two dozen subject areas (such as Animal Care and Use, Biosafety and Biosecurity, Clinical Research Coordinator, Conflicts of Interest, Disaster Planning, Export Control, Good Clinical Practice, Information Privacy and Security, and Responsible Conduct of Research). These course materials reach more than a million learners annually at thousands of organizations.

Looking Towards the Future

CITI Program joined the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY) in May 2016 to better address the educational needs of investigators, staff, and students in the global research community. We look forward to continuing to enhance CITI Program courses and services in the years to come.