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Ethics Support

Ethics Support refers to a wide variety of services provided to biomedical scientists, their trainees and support staff, clinicians engaging in scientific research, and other members of the university and community to enhance the quality and integrity of research and promote healthy relationships between and among those who participate in the research enterprise. It also refers to the group of people that provides these services. The activities of the Ethics Support Team fall into the five broad categories shown in the diagram below.

Mission and Vision
Ethics Ethics Support aims to promote integrity and strive for clarity in the midst of what can be complex and confusing ethical situations that arise in the conduct of clinical research. The Ethics Support Team also strives to be a strong voice of compassionate care for all people involved in the pursuit of research at UTMB.

Our vision is to contribute to culture change in the way UTMB and others engaged in health-focused research understand the implications of research and research relationships on the present and the future. Beyond compliance, we seek to deepen UTMB's awareness of and commitment to others' perspectives and values, respectful interactions, reflective problem-solving, and trust-building within and between groups that engage in and stand to benefit from biomedical research.

Requesting Support from the Ethics Service

A Research Ethics consultation can be initiated (1) electronically or by (2) contacting a consultant:

1) Ethics Support Request Form – Please fill out the form as completely as possible.

Requestor Information
Purpose of Request: This form may be used to request the variety of services offered by Ethics Support including:

  • Research Ethics Inquiry – Please select this if you have a question regarding identifying, addressing, and/or reflecting on a research ethics matter. We also offer insights on the ethical dimensions of the IRB, SRC, DSMP, DSMB and other issues. PLEASE NOTE: We do not represent or speak for the IRB, SRC or other regulatory/oversight body and our counsel should not be construed as such.
  • Education Request – Please select if you have a question regarding educational opportunities and/or requests for educational services.
  • MTT Inquiry – Please select if you wish to have more information regarding the integration of ethics support within the Multidisciplinary Translational Teams (MTTs).
  • Community Engaged Humanities – Please select if you would like more information on community engagement activities and opportunities with Ethics Support.
  • Other – Please specify the purpose of your request is not covered by one of the categories above.

Follow-up Requested: Please indicate if you have a preference as to how you would like us to follow up with you.

Study Information: If your request involves a study protocol, please provide a few details to better assist us.

Nature of Request/Inquiry: Please provide as much detail as possible to best assist us in addressing your request.

Other Parties Involved: It is important for us to know who may be stakeholders regarding your request. We recognize that an ethics consultation may involve sensitive information. Please indicate whether or not you would like us to contact anyone mentioned above and if not, please provide rationale.

Additional Comments: Please include any other information you feel is pertinent for us to better assist you.

The form contains a ‘Submit’ button for your convenience.

2) A consultant may be contacted by phone at 409-747-1230 (after-hours and on the weekends and holidays, a recorded message supplies a pager number to reach the on-call consultant). Or, you may call the director at (409) 772-1208. If you are on campus, just dial: 2-1208.

Ethics Support Contacts
Michele A. Carter, Ph.D., Director, UTMB Institutional Ethics Program and CRC Research Subject Advocate (e-mail)
Evelyn M. (Bernadette) McKinney, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor (e-mail)