Clinical Research Ethics

Program Description

The central aim of the Clinical Research Ethics Program (CREP) is to enhance clinical and translational research by integrating and expanding existing activities throughout SCTR and creating new programs to improve clinical research ethics. The Institute of Human Values in Health Care (hereinafter “the Institute”) is the key agent for integrating and expanding existing biomedical and research ethics activities and for creating new programs in SCTR. The institute collates existing ethics activities into a unified program with a portfolio of services and activities balancing theoretical research needs with empirical investigations.

The Research Ethics Consultation Service (RECS) provides consulting services for research ethics. RECS is a new function of the MUHA Ethics Committee and has provided several consultations to groups within SCTR and MUSC as well as other groups and individuals outside the institution.

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Research Ethics
Consultation Service (RECS)
These consultations result in a written report that covers the background and description of the request, ethical/social/other issues identified, and recommendations for the researcher, as needed. Consults are advisory, do not provide mediation, and have no decision-making authority.

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Certificate of
Competence in Research Ethics

This program  is designed to provide health professionals who are interested in clinical research ethics with sufficient background to warrant special recognition in the form of a Certificate. It comprises 2 components: a one semester, one-credit course in research ethics, MCR 750, Ethical Issues in Clinical Research and Epidemiology and a two semester one-credit course interprofessional course, IP 738, Clinical Research Ethics Seminar Series. Using a variety of instructional methods, these courses will give the participant a broad and deep background in research ethics. It is required for those who wish to serve as a consultant on the MUSC Research Ethics Consultation Service.

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Program Director:

Robert Sade, MD
Professor of Surgery
Director, Institute of Human Values in
Health Care


Assistant Director:

Walter Limehouse, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Chair, MUH Ethics Committee