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Researchers explore ethical issues

By Wendy S. Meyer

James Evans, MD, PhD
Keynote speaker James Evans, MD, PhD
​As 125 researchers and clinicians settled into their seats in the Gossard Forum for the Seventh Annual Research Ethics Conference, Return of Research Results: What Do We Owe Participants, Laura Wiley, PhD, from the division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine, chatted about what brought her there. 

"I’m mainly here to see what people on the Anschutz campus are thinking about the return of research results, and to get a better sense of what the cultural norms are at this institution because that informs how future initiatives will be implemented,” said the young faculty member who recently came to the Anschutz campus from Vanderbilt University.

2016 Research Ethics Conference
James Evans, MD, PhD, director of the Adult Cancer Clinical Genetics Services at University of North Carolina, delivered the keynote presentation, Navigating the Genome: Ethics and Omics. Afterwards, the full-to-capacity crowd was engrossed in discussion, exploring the ethics and nuances involved in returning research results to participants. 

Attendees also listened as clinicians shared the details from an actual case that was presented to the Research Ethics Consult Service, heard about legal and regulatory challenges from former associate general counsel of University of Colorado Health and participated in two additional panel discussions in the afternoon.

“With our conference each year, we aim to provide a forum for researchers to discuss ethical issues that are relevant to academics, physicians and the public at large,” said Marilyn Coors, PhD, director of Research Ethics for the CCTSI. “With the rise of genomics research, personalized medicine, bio banking and big data, it’s more important than ever to work through some of the thornier ethical issues that arise. And I was particularly gratified to see a diverse range of faculty members, clinicians and university staff engage in a lively and productive way.”

For more information on research ethics and the kinds of the issues that CCTSI’s Research Ethics Consult Service could help you with, click here​.



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