The Research Ethics Initiative of the CTSI is comprised of three core components: education, service, and scholarship, which are fully integrated with the other components of the CTSI. The primary goal of the Research Ethics Initiative is to nurture an institutional culture that values and vigorously promotes the conduct of ethical clinical and translational research. This culture may be challenged when conflicts arise between researchers’ ethical obligations and other perceived responsibilities and/or opportunities. This goal will be accomplished through three specific aims:
Specific Aim 1: Provide robust education and mentorship in research ethics for all investigators, not only to train individual researchers, but to ensure the primacy of research ethics in both the research mission and the culture of the institution.
Specific Aim 2: Enlist CTSI researchers in the individual and collective goal of considering the ethical implications of their research, facilitating the early anticipation of ethical issues and providing them with guidance toward the resolution of challenges when they arise.
Specific Aim 3: Promote scholarship in research ethics related to clinical and translational research.
Research Ethics Consultation Service. This service is available to researchers at every stage of the research process, from study design through publication. Researchers can request consultation about ethical issues such as how to obtain appropriate informed consent (e.g., among vulnerable populations), how to manage conflicts of interest, how to manage tissue collections and databases, and how to address privacy issues in database-driven research. Assistance is also available to provide advice to investigators on how to develop research questions related to specific ethical concerns and incorporate them into the study design.
To request an Ethics Consultation, please complete the CTSI Service Request Form.