CARE: Conversations About Research Ethics



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About the CARE Program

CARE works to promote multidisciplinary and foundational discussion of ethical issues arising from research practice.  It has two arms, each organized and moderated by CEHV ethicists:

  • CARE Panels
    • Monthly discussion panels with external speakers and experienced Ohio State researchers
  • CARE Training Program
    • A semester-long training program in the responsible conduct of research for investigators seeking to meet federal ethics guidelines

Our CARE Coordinators are Professor Dana Howard (Bioethics, College of Medicine) and Professor Pamela Salsberry (Health Behavior and Health Promotion, College of Public Health), both members of the CEHV Steering Committee.

Why Ohio State needs CARE 

The aim of CARE is to build a community around research integrity at Ohio State that goes beyond legalistic requirements for human subjects protection and the responsible conduct of research.

When thinking about the ethical challenges that arise in academic research, we often conjure up one of two extreme images: (i) detailed, compliance-oriented feedback from institutional review boards or (ii) newspaper headlines that call attention to disgraced scientists, falsified data, and retracted articles. Missing from this binary picture are the complex and difficult ethical dilemmas and challenges that most researchers face every day.

Researchers motivated by the scientific and social value of their work to responsibly design and conduct their research often face pressing ethical challenges in the field or in the lab. These ethical challenges arise out of the persistent social inequities that create vulnerable populations, and from the demands of current funding structures, publishing practices, and norms of professional advancement. They do not merely bear on the question of what is allowed—the questions that federal regulations and institutional oversight committees are designed to enforce—but rather on questions about what is the right thing to do.

CEHV is grateful to OSU's Office of Research for their generous support of the CARE program.

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