Informed Consent in Gray Matters

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

1. Describe the three foundational domains of ethical conduct in scientific research.

2. Discuss various approaches to integrating ethics early and explicitly throughout the research endeavor.

3. Describe how integration of ethics and science promotes ethical research design.


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Download the Background module on research design here

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Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

1. Describe consent capacity and its relationship to the ethics of human subjects research.

2. Discuss the current regulatory framework and additional ethical protections for research involving individuals with impaired consent capacity.

3. Describe gaps in our understanding of consent capacity and how they can be addressed.


Download module here.

Download the Background module on informed consent here.

Listen to "Episode 5: Gray Matters", an episode of Ethically Sounda podcast of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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