Center for Bioethics

Center for Bioethics Events

The Center for Bioethics offers programming throughout the year to provide support to researchers as well as individuals interested in exploring topics related to ethics in medical research and patient care.


TREATs (Translational Research Ethics: Applied Topics Seminars) is a resource provided by the Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

Seminar in Research Ethics

In collaboration with Children’s Health Services Research and the Department of Pediatrics, the Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program created the Pediatric Research Ethics Seminar Series (PRESS) in 2014. PRESS meets five times per year to cover topics in research ethics relevant to fellows and other trainees in pediatrics. Fellows present on topics relevant to their own studies, partnering with a BSAP faculty member.

PRESS has dealt with cutting edge ethics topics in pediatrics, including:

  • Confidentiality, consent and big-data research
  • Pediatric risk and comparative effectiveness research
  • Clinical trials in neonates
  • Undue influence in pediatric global health research

This seminar series allows trainees to advance their education and involvement in research ethics and responsible conduct of research, specifically tailored to their research interests and projects, and it allows them to transition from learners to active teachers and researchers in this area. The existence of the seminar series also allows students and fellows preparing K awards and pediatric programs applying for F-level or T-level awards to reference PRESS as a provider of continued training in RCR, beyond the didactic component. This “module” can be easily plugged into upcoming applications and then utilized for funded proposals. PRESS is held four or more times per year and receives high ratings for quality.