Virtual Research Town Hall: The Role of Mentoring in Managing Research Team Communication

May 20, 2021 | 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Dr. Geeta Swamy, Associate VP for Research and Vice Dean for Scientific Integrity (town hall moderator)

Research shows that effective mentor-mentee relationships have a major impact on promoting a good institutional & organizational culture. In the context of research, good mentoring promotes research integrity and best research practices. Fostering open communication where trainees and research teams are supported to do research the right way, empowered to air concerns and feel safe to participate in honest research disagreements are key to this goal. What are some of the best practices for promoting open communication and healthy disagreements? How to set the line between healthy and potentially toxic disagreements for the research culture? How can power dynamic impact the research culture and the integrity of research? Come and learn from experienced mentors and their mentees about strategies to promote good lab communication, transparency and accountability.


Mentor Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD, Robert W. Carr, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology; Founding Director, Duke Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies and her mentee Megan Madonna, PhD, Research Scientist & Assistant Director of Education, Duke Center for Global Women's Health Technologies
Mentor Francis Joseph Keefe, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Medicine, and his mentee Katherine Ramos, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mentor Tracy Wang, MD, Professor of Medicine and her mentee Jennifer Rymer, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mentor Ian James Welsby, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Professor of Medicine (Hematology), Co-Director Cardiothoracic Surgical ICU, and his mentee Brooke Evans 4th year student, Duke School of Medicine and incoming medical resident in Pediatrics at Emory University 
Moderator Geeta Swamy, MD, Associate Vice President for Research and Vice Dean for Scientific Integrity

Attending the event fulfills the RCR - 200 requirement for Duke Faculty and Staff.