A member from the Institute for the Medical Humanities will integrate into each MTT providing support and education to investigators, research teams, and trainees.
Anticipated Role of IMH Partners
Proactive Engagement with Teams:
- Select from among the Multidisciplinary Translational Teams (MTT) one with whom the IMH partner shares an interest.
- Learn the language(s) of the MTT and the key issues of concern to the individual members and the team.
- Attend all regularly scheduled MTT meetings to build trust, foster a sense of community, and provide access to the resources available through the Institute for the Medical Humanities and the Ethics Support Key Resource.
- Participate in the ongoing conversation with the MTT about the goals, development and evolving best practices of team science.
- Partner with team leaders and members to facilitate interdisciplinary relationships and build group cohesion.
- Provide insights, guidance, and perspective from the viewpoint of the IMH consultant's area of expertise.
- Provide referrals when necessary to the Research Ethics Consultation Service and other Key Resources.
- Participate as a faculty member of the Research Ethics Consultation Service, if desired.
- Represent the IMH and work toward fulfilling its mission and goals through inquiry, dialogue, and reflectio
- Explore social value of the research through careful examination of impacts on study volunteers, community partners, or other stakeholders.
- Foster interdisciplinary communication and relationships.
- Assist with problem-solving and conflict resolution.
- Deepen partnerships between ethics, humanities, social sciences, and translational research.
- Provide information on teaching programs in the ethics of science, responsible conduct of research, and human subjects protections programs.
- Provide advice on research integrity and the ethics of science.
- Provide input on protocol development to enhance potential health outcomes.
- Provide input on potential physical, social, legal, environmental, and moral risks associated with translational research projects.
- Encourage respect for the autonomy of study participants, especially in the informed consent process.
- Provide advice on privacy and confidentiality issues related to data registries.
- Assist with protocol design, consent, and recruitment.
- Share information regarding developments in best practices and emerging ethics issues (e.g., incidental findings, specimen storage, re-identification of data, etc.).
- Provide expertise to facilitate sound IRB application materials.
To request more information about ethics or humanities resources available to the MTTs:
A request can be initiated (1) electronically or by (2) contacting a consultant
- Ethics Support Request Form – Please fill out the form as completely as possible. Please select ‘MTT Inquiry’ in the Purpose of Request section. The form contains a ‘Submit’ button for your convenience.
- A consultant may be contacted by phone at 409-747-1230 (after-hours and on the weekends and holidays a recorded message supplies a pager number to reach the on-call consultant). Or, you may call the director at (409) 772-1208. If you are on campus, just dial: 2-1208.
Websites of Interest to Principal Investigators and Research Teams:
NIH: Human Participant Protections Education For Research Teams (Registration Required)
National Library of Medicine: Gateway Search Page
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research
Centerwatch Clinical Trial Listing Service
Drug Information Association
BioSpace: Web Solutions for the Life Sciences
The National Academies Institute of Medicine
The National Academies: Science, Engineering and Medicine
National Institutes of Health Homepage
American Medical Association Ethics Program
Society of Research Subject Advocates
Canadian Institute of Health Research: Ethics Publications
The Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics
Friends Research Institute
Kluwer Online: research related publications
National Academies Press: Institute of Medicine publication "Integrity in Scientific Research."
NORD: National Organization for Rare Disorders
Association of American Medical Colleges
NIH: National Center for Research Resources
Society for Research Subject Advocates: Bioethics Reading List
Society for Research Subject Advocates: Useful Links
MedicineNet: Medical Dictionary
Stanford RCO: Glossary of Lay Terms for Use in Preparing Consent Forms
HHS OHRP: Frequently Asked Questions About Research with Children
HHS OHRP: Frequently Asked Questions about Human Subject Research
UTMB Research Listserv