Research Ethics Grand Rounds is a monthly seminar series of local and invited speakers, addressing current ethical, legal and social issues in the design and conduct of biomedical research involving human subjects.

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Research Ethics Grand Rounds are co-sponsored by
UNC Center for Bioethics
North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute
UNC Office of Human Research Ethics

Upcoming Research Ethics Grand Rounds


Updating Regulations for Human Subjects Research

The New Common Rule has Arrived! What Changes are Coming?

2017 April 20, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Daniel Nelson

In early 2017, just prior to the change in administration, the 18 federal agencies that share the “Common Rule” that … Continued


Digital Informed Consent for Pragmatic and Other Large-scale Trials

2017 May 18, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Chris Simon

Digital technologies are changing how people are recruited to research and raising new ethical, practical, and social considerations. Informed consent … Continued

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Reflecting on “Experimenting with Humans and Animals”

2017 March 23, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Anita Guerrini

Looking at human and animal experimentation together revealed intersections and differences that were not immediately evident. This talk will look at … Continued


Ethical and Regulatory issues in “E-consent” to Clinical Research

2017 February 16, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
John Wilbanks

As translational researchers turn to electronic information sources for clinical research recruitment, they are increasingly using on-line communication tools to … Continued


Ethics of treatment interruption in HIV cure trials

Normative and empirical perspectives

2016 November 17, Thursday, 12:00pm, 219 Brinkhous-Bullitt
Gail Henderson and Stuart Rennie

Gail E. Henderson, PhD, is professor of Social Medicine in the School of Medicine, and Director of the UNC Center … Continued


Duties to look, return, or rescue

Moral obligations and incidental findings in research

2016 October 20, Thursday, 12:00pm, 219 Brinkhous-Bullitt
Karen Meagher

Dr. Karen Meagher graduated in Hamilton College in 2004 with a biology. She received a PhD in Philosophy from … Continued

David Resnik

Employees as research participants

Ethical and regulatory considerations

2016 September 15, Thursday, 12:00pm, 219 Brinkhous-Bullitt
David Resnik

Dr. Resnik has an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and J.D. … Continued


Should we take the moral concerns of biobank donors seriously?

2016 April 21, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Raymond De Vries

Biobanking is becoming an increasingly important component of genomic and medical research. President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative ― which proposes the … Continued


Join the Conquest

Increasing participation in clinical research in North Carolina

2016 March 10, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Heidi Hennink-Kaminski, Michelle Maclay, and Carol Brelan

Clinical trial recruitment is in crisis. The public typically encounters clinical trial information in controversies or study-specific recruitment ads, which … Continued


Patient perspectives on research on standard medical practices

Implications for consent

2016 February 18, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Kevin Weinfurt

Dr. Kevin P. Weinfurt is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke Clinical … Continued

reeder-hayes and dees

Informed consent for oncology phase 1 clinical trials in the 21st century

2016 January 21, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Katie Reeder-Hayes and Claire Dees

Dr. Katie Reeder-Hayes and Dr. Claire Dees, UNC Division of Oncology, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Automatic placement of genomic research results in medical records

Do researchers have a duty? Should participants have a choice?

2015 November 19, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Anya Prince & Jean Cadigan

In genomics research, it is becoming common practice to return individualized primary and incidental findings to participants and several ongoing major … Continued


Proposed changes to the Common Rule IRB regulations

Step 2 in changing the world as we know it

2015 October 15, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Daniel Nelson

On September 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its long-awaited proposal to revise the “Common … Continued


Handling research animal ethics

Interactions between science and welfare

2015 April 16, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Nicole Nelson

Research on animal welfare is organized around a distinction between the care of animals and their use in experiments. Nicole … Continued

Eric Juengst, Genomics, gene therapy, genetic tampering, ELSI, genetic revolution, personalized medicine, precision medicine, genetic manipulation, genetic engineering, human enhancement, directed evolution, eugenics, genomic sovereignty

Rules, rebels and scientific integrity

Do you have to be a “good scientist” to be a good scientist?

2015 March 19, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Eric Juengst

Most courses and texts on the responsible conduct of research imply that the professional ethical norms they teach also facilitate … Continued


The ethics of clinical research during an epidemic

Lessons from Ebola

2015 February 19, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Annette Rid

The 2014 Ebola epidemic in west Africa is the most severe and largest documented to date. It is also the … Continued


Paying research “volunteers”

Ethical and regulatory concerns

2014 November 20, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Toby Schonfeld

Compensating research participants has been the subject of national debate for some time. In this presentation, I will review the … Continued

Richard S. Saver, Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law at UNC Chapel Hill. Professor Saver is also professor (secondary appointment) in the Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine; and adjunct professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health Photographed by Steve Exum on September 4, 2014.

Dignitary and other intangible harms in clinical research

Regulatory and ethical challenges

2014 October 9, Thursday, 12:00pm, Brinkhous-Bullitt 219
Richard Saver

Can research subjects be “wronged” even if not physically injured in a clinical trial? Thorny questions of how to account … Continued

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