Ethics research on research is important because it helps to inform the design of protocols and the process of research ethics review, it improves training for researchers and helps to promote research integrity. For example, the importance of the principle of gaining to consent to participate in research is widely accepted but: What, if any, ought to be the exceptions to this principle? How ought participants be provided with the information necessary to making a decision about participation? How much information should they have? How much significance is placed on information in making this decision? How should consent be gained for research that affects whole populations or in situations where a potential participant or legal proxy is under huge stress? Ethics research on research also addresses wider issues such the definition of vulnerable populations, responsible innovation and the secondary effects of types of research such as that aimed at combating infection.
Research Integrity Meetings
- Heather Draper and Anne-Marie Slowther host a series of lunchtime meetings intended to promote research integrity. Click here for further information and notes from previous meetings.
Research Ethics Training
- Seed funding to develop full funding application for a study exploring the extent to which a lay-designed Participant Information Sheet can improve the consent process for research participants.
- Improving the quality of information given to potential research participants: a qualitative study
- The use of electronic participant information sheets as a means of tailoring information to the needs of potential research participants
- Methodological and ethical issues associated with health-related quality of life measurement in clinical trials
- Prisoners as Research Participants: Current Practice and Attitudes in the UK
- Design and manufacture of novel food structures for the targeted delivery of bioactive components to the large intestine