Regulatory Support , Advocacy and Bioethics Core (RSAB)

New Service: Research Ethics Consultation

The Regulatory Support , Advocacy and Bioethics Core Core now offers a Research Ethics Consultation (REC) service for researchers, trainees, research staff, and IRB program personnel. REC services are advisory, providing a forum for in-depth conversation and analysis of ethical issues in clinical and translational research. Recommendations are supplemental to the authority and oversight of review groups, like an IRB or DSMB.

Consultation discussions can take place by telephone or in-person. If requested, the consultant will provide a written report of relevant considerations and recommendations. Consultation details may be discussed amongst the REC consultation team, but otherwise will not be discussed with others involved in the issue without the requestor's permission. To ensure a balanced understanding of the facts or to facilitate reconciliation of a conflict, the consultant is available to talk to others involved in the issue if desired by the requestor.

There is no charge for research ethics consultations.

REC Phone: (312-996-4331, 312 996 5797).

The Research Ethics Consultants include: Burton Andersen, MD, Medicine; Jonathan Miller M.D. Pediatrics; Lisa Anderson­Shaw DPH, MSN, Clinical Ethics, Nursing; Eric Swirsky, J.D. Health Informatics; Michael J. Schrift, DO, MA Neuroethics, Psychiatry; and Mark Stein Ph.D. Psychiatry and Pediatrics.

Research Ethics Resources

In addition to the Research Ethics Consultation, you may find the following helpful, too:

Ethics in Clinical Research

Ethics in Clinical Research is an online course offered Fall Semester. Register as a credit non-degree Clinical and Translational Science (CND-MS CTS) student. Application deadline for Fall 2012 Semester is August 1, 2012; $60 admission fee is waived for staff and employees.  More info at:

Course description:

MHPE 512 Ethics in Clinical Research.  1 hour.  A survey of key ethical issues involved in conducting research with human subjects, including informed consent, confidentiality, access and equity. This course requires completion of an online course in human subjects research, to be supplemented by classroom discussion of the topics raised in that course and others.  Same as HPA 512. Prerequisite: Approval of the department; email with your UIN and intent to register.

Principles of Clinical Ethics

Principles of Clinical Ethics by Lisa Anderson-Shaw, PhD (Director of the Ethics Consult Service at the UIC Hospital) isan archived slide presentation from the CCTS 2009 Intensive Summer Program for Clinical and Translational Research Methods.
This is available for view at
University NETID is required.