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Research Policy

The Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Naples, Italy was created in 1994 by the Italian Telethon Foundation to foster research on genetic diseases.  The mission of TIGEM is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying genetic diseases and to develop therapeutic strategies. The institute is owned and managed by the Italian Telethon Foundation.

Keeping appropriate and accurate research records is an essential component of any research project.

In this policy TIGEM establishes the rights and responsibilities concerning access to, use of, and maintenance of original research data.

Except where precluded by the specific terms of sponsorship or other agreements, tangible research property, including the scientific data and other records of research conducted at TIGEM, belong to the Telethon Foundation. The principle investigator (PI)  is responsible for the maintenance and retention of research data in accord with this policy.



Research data includes laboratory notebooks, as well as any other records that are necessary for the reconstruction and evaluation of reported results of research and the events and processes leading to those results, regardless of the form or the media on which they may be recorded. TIGEM must retain research data in sufficient detail and for an adequate period of time, as specified below,  to enable appropriate responses to questions about accuracy, authenticity, primacy, and compliance with laws and regulations governing the conduct of the research. It is the responsibility of the PI to determine what needs to be retained under this policy.



This policy shall apply to all TIGEM faculty, staff, students and any other persons involved in the design, conduct or reporting of research performed at TIGEM, and it shall apply to all research projects on which those individuals work, regardless of the source of funding for the project.


Collection and Retention

The PI is responsible for the collection, management and retention of research data. PIs should adopt an orderly system of data organization and should communicate the chosen system to all members of a research group and to the appropriate administrative personnel, where applicable.

Research data must be archived for a minimum of 10 years after the final project close-out, with original data retained wherever possible. In addition, any of the following circumstances may justify longer periods of retention:

Data must be kept for as long as may be necessary to protect any intellectual property resulting from the work.

If any charges regarding the research arise, such as allegations of scientific misconduct or conflict of interest, data must be retained until such charges are fully resolved.

Beyond the period of retention specified here, the destruction of the research record is at the discretion of the PI and his or her department or laboratory.

Records will normally be retained in the unit where they are produced.


When individuals involved in research projects leave TIGEM, they may take copies of research data for projects on which they have worked. Original data, however, must be retained at TIGEM.