We provide free consultation on ethical issues related to research design, tissue banking, genetic research results, informed consent, and working with vulnerable patient populations. In particular, we assist clinical investigators in identifying and addressing the ethical challenges that frequently arise when designing or conducting research with human subjects. These include ethical challenges in sampling design; randomized and placebo-controlled studies; participant recruitment and informed consent; return of individual-level research results; community engagement processes; and more.
This service is free to all UI investigators thanks to support provided by the ICTS.
Consultations are available weekdays during normal business hours, by appointment only. Please call or email one of the consultants listed at the right to schedule an appointment.
Researchers may request their preferred level of confidentiality. CRECS functions independently of the IRB.
CRECS is located within the Program in Bioethics and Humanities (PBH). The consultants are full-time UI faculty from the Carver College of Medicine who have expertise in research ethics. They teach research ethics, have served as members of institutional review boards, and have published widely on medical ethics. The faculty consultants are also experienced extramurally funded researchers themselves, thus bringing to the consultation table an intuitive grasp of the challenges many investigators face. In some cases, consultants may need to refer investigators to other content experts at the UI.
The service does not replace any portion of the IRB review process at the UI, and CRECS functions independently of the IRB.
For additional information, please contact Christian Simon, PhD. firstname.lastname@example.org