Research Ethics Education

An important aspect of Ethics Support is education. Building a community of values and shared vision for improving the health and wellbeing of the people UTMB serves requires framing of issues in ways that are immediately relevant to the people who lead, the people who carry out biomedical research, and the people who volunteer to serve as human subjects or tissue donors.

Ongoing communication that is open, clear, and balanced is essential to foster awareness of the potential implications of actions and omissions and the trust so central to good science and good relationships. In addition to carrying out research intended to enhance research ethics education in the future, Ethics Support currently contributes to or offers the following research ethics education opportunities:

To request more information on educational opportunities:
A request can be initiated (1) electronically or by (2) contacting a consultant

  1. Ethics Support Request Form – Please fill out the form as completely as possible. Please select ‘Education Request’ in the Purpose of Request section. The form contains a ‘Submit’ button for your convenience.
  2. 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.

In addition to courses and presentations, Ethics Support makes available a variety of educational materials, many of which are available at UTMB's Institute for Medical Humanities Ethics Resource Center.

Case Scenarios of Ethical Dilemmas in Scientific Research and Professional Integrity
Topics regarding responsible conduct in research are listed below. They were developed in their entirety by the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute at Emory University. You will find cases under each topic. Following each case is a brief, expert opinion that suggests strategies for resolution as well as cited resources for further consideration.

Allocating Credit
Animal Use
Conflict of Interest
Data Interpretation and Management
Data Representation
Drug Trials
Informed Consent
Intellectual Property
Participant Recruitment
Protocol Deviation