Research Ethics Core

As science evolves, ethical norms that guide it need to evolve responsibly. Nowhere is this more important than in translational science, where researchers make the leap from basic science to clinical research and ultimately to community practice. Human subject protection programs must be prepared to meet the challenges posed by this changing landscape, both to educate and support investigators as they design and conduct research, and to protect and advocate for subjects and society.

The principal objective of the Ethics Core is for ethicists from partner institutions to work together to facilitate, develop, and administer consultative, educational, and research programs across disciplines within the Clinical and Translational Science Center. This allows translational research teams and individual investigators to move beyond the regulatory framework to appreciate the deeper ethical implications that their work has for science and the wider community. The Ethics Core will provide translational researchers the requisite tools and environment to explore complex questions regarding ethics and will provide support for researchers and research participants to ensure the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research. Specific services include: