Research Ethics

Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program (BSAP) of the Indiana CTSI:

Innovative research to develop and implement medical breakthroughs often raises complex ethical questions.  Frequently there are no simple right or wrong answers, and regulations are absent or murky when applied to innovative methods and approaches. 

The Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program (BSAP) of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) works with researchers, trainees, and leadership to support ethical research, effective communication with patients and research participants, and the responsible conduct of research. 

BSAP supports translational research on all four campuses of the Indiana CTSI by:

  • Providing free, timely, confidential consults to researchers, administration, and leadership,
  • Collaborating over extended periods with high-risk, high-reward research programs in areas such as precision health,
  • Educating students and trainees about ethics and responsible conduct of research.
  • Hosting monthly talks on Translational Research Ethics – Applied Topics (TREATs) talks, and making recordings available with additional information. You can search topics, such as Authorship, Research with Children, De-Identified data, Virtual research.
  • Conducting research on research ethics itself, identifying and disseminating best practices.

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See recent TREATS talk on research ethics

P S

Director, Indiana University Center for Bioethics
Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Phone:
(317) 278-4037
Email:
phschwar@iu.edu
C H

Faculty Investigator, Indiana University Center for Bioethics
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Phone:
(317) 278-4411
Email:
chalver@iu.edu
J H

Faculty Investigator, Indiana University Center for Bioethics
Director of Clinical Ethics for the Academic Health Center, Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, IU Health
Phone:
(317) 962-9237
Email:
jhartsock@iuhealth.org
T K

Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University Center for Bioethics
Member, Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program, Indiana CTSI
Phone:
(317) 278-4045
Email:
tkasperb@iu.edu
M O

Faculty Investigator, Indiana University Center for Bioethics
Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine
Phone:
317-274-8812
Email:
maott@iu.edu
A B

Member, Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program, Indiana CTSI
Assistant Head of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University
Email:
aob@purdue.edu
M F

Member, Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program, Indiana CTSI
Associate Dean and Director, Indiana University School of Medicine- South Bend
J M

Member, Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program, Indiana CTSI
Professor of Law and Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow; Co-Director, Center for Law, Society & Culture
Email:
jmadeira@indiana.edu
T Y

Program Manager, Indiana University Center for Bioethics
Member, Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program, Indiana CTSI
Phone:
(317) 278-0299
Email:
tnyogo@iu.edu