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The Bioethics and Participant Advocacy Program (BPAP) of the Indiana CTSI offers free consultations to help clarify and address ethical issues that arise in planning, carrying out, and analyzing translational research, including such topics as informed consent, return of results, biobanking, health information, research with minors, community engagement, and much else.
The consultations are provided free of charge, get high ratings for quality, and are confidential. They are available to researchers, research staff, IRBs, and other community members at all campuses of the CTSI (including IU School of Medicine, IU Bloomington, IUPUI, Purdue, and Note Dame).
Questions addressed in recent consultations, collaboration, and research include:
- When should researcher return individual research results to study participants?
- What should individuals be told when asking them to contribute a biosample and share their medical information with researchers through a “biobank”?
- Should minors be allowed to participate in research on preventing AIDS without the consent of their parents?
- How can researchers respect the rights of children and adolescents when enrolling them in projects that may carry risk?
- How can research using large amounts of data support medical breakthroughs while protecting the privacy and confidentiality of patients?
If interested in receiving a consult on an ethics issue, please fill out the form below or email BSAP@iu.edu.