Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Research Ethics & Law: Protecting integrity

Ethical and legal issues arise on several levels in association with research. There are questions related to the interpretation of legal frameworks, the recruitment of research subjects, the research process and the dissemination of research results.

Research ethics & law

Biomedical research using biobanks and registries have been and are objects for many studies related to questions about informed consent, privacy and how to handle incidental findings in association with such research. Other projects concern the recruitment of patients for clinical trials and the participation of patients in research.

Many studies are carried out within international consortia and funded by the European Commission. CRB is responsible for ethical and legal issues within the Swedish infrastructure for biobank based research, BBMRI.se. The research in research ethics provides updated knowledge for courses in research ethics and training of graduate students: At Uppsala Univeristy we run mandatory courses for PhD students in medicine, pharmacy, science and technology. We also offer an online research ethics training for medicine and the life sciences.