Clinical Research Ethics
The clinical research ethics resource provides expertise to researchers seeking advice regarding ethically complex aspects of their biomedical research. The service is available to assist investigators throughout the life of a research project, from the initial design phase of the study through dissemination of research findings. This resource demonstrates a commitment to safety and a high degree of research ethics at the institutional level and supports training of students in graduate and professional training programs, along with regularly-scheduled seminars on the ethical conduct of research.
What is the Clinical Research Ethics Consultation Service?
This free service is available to researchers who seek advice regarding ethically complex aspects of their biomedical research. The service is available to assist investigators throughout the life of a research project, including:
- Initial design phase
- Grant application preparation
- IRB application process (ethics- related questions and concerns)
- Study implementation
- Data analysis
- Manuscript preparation
- Dissemination of findings
The service is also available to investigators and their teams who may want to review past research projects that posed ethical challenges and how they responded to those challenges.
Services We Offer
Research Ethics for Health Sciences offers consultations about any ethical topic or question connected to health sciences research. We offer three types of consultations:
General Compliance Ethics
We provide support for researchers who would like assistance identifying and resolving ethical issues involved in ensuring that a proposed or planned research project satisfies regulatory or institutional ethics policies.
Research Project Ethics
This line of consultation focuses on identifying unique and usually highly project-specific opportunities to create ethical value as a natural consequence of pursuing a line of research.
We offer consultations designed to help researchers identify potential socially beneficial pathways for translating their research. These consultations use a process called Boundary Object Mapping. Boundary objects are any object that facilitates the formation of cooperative networks out of people drawn from otherwise quite different social and professional worlds by being legible (though not with the same meaning) to everyone who interacts with the relevant boundary object.
To initiate a consultation, please email the CTSC Clinical Research Ethics Director, Mark Fedyk at email@example.com.
All consultations are strictly confidential.