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Research Areas

How do we ensure medical research is conducted in an ethical manner?

Through participation in medical research, individuals help develop generalizable knowledge and improve our understanding of human health and physiology. Much of this research puts participants at risk of potential harm for the good of others.

Duke researchers are addressing ways to best protect research participants while promoting scientific advancement. These faculty members study the ethics of human subject research, participant rights, children’s rights, international research ethics, theories of informed consent, conflicts of interest in research, and the balance between compensation and coercion.

Participating Faculty

Representative Courses

  • Advanced Issues in Children and Family Law (Law)
  • Advanced Research Ethics (Ethics)
  • Behavioral Neuroimmunology (Neuroscience, Psychology)
  • Children and the Law (Law)
  • Foundations of Behavioral and Computational Neuroscience (Psychology)
  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience (Neuroscience)
  • Genetics and the Law (Law)
  • Issues in Medical Ethics (Philosophy)
  • Principles of Neuroimmunology (Biology, Psychology, Neurobiology)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (Trent Center for Bioethics)

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