Center for Bioethics

TREATs Talks

The Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) at Indiana University School of Medicine presents Translational Research Ethics: Applied Topics seminars (TREATs) monthly regarding ethical issues in translational research. Access to presentations and information on research ethics presented as TREAT seminars are available.

Ethics of Research Involving Wearable Technologies

On October 3rd, 2019, Dr. Andrew Brightman gave a presentation on the ethics of research involving wearable technologies. The video can be found here.

Cultural Competence

On September 5th, 2019, Dr. Sylk Sotto, EdD, MBA, MS, gave a presentation on the importance of cultural competency in research. The video can be found here.

Informed Consent in Biobanks

Dr. TJ Kasperbauer of the IU Center for Bioethics gives a talk on informed consent in biobanks.

The video can be found here.

Minor Consent to Research

Cluster Randomized Clinical Trials: Ethics and Science

On March 29, 2017, Edward Liechty, MD gave a presentation on the unique ethical issues that can arise from cluster randomized clinical trials.

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Conflict of Interest

On September 29, 2016, Andrew Brightman, PhD gave a presentation on the conflicts of interest that can arise from partnering with medical device companies during research. This talk was titled “Does It Pay to Partner With Medical Device Companies? Considering Conflict of Interest.

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Data Safety

Misconduct in Research

On June 29, 2017, Kim Quaid, PhD, presented insights to the ethical issues of research misconduct, including issues related to fabrication, falsification and plagiarism.

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De-Identified Data: Ethics and Regulation

Peter Schwartz, MD presented a TREAT Talk on Data De-Identification on December 22, 2016. This seminar focused on the ethics and regulations involving de-identifying data from research in order to protect patient privacy.

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Incidental Findings

On June 16, 2016, Kim Quaid, PhD, gave a presentation on incidental findings from genetic testing and the ethics involving what to do with those results and whether the patient should be informed.

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Clinical Trial Recruitment

On May 19, 2016, Peter Schwartz, MD gave a presentation titled “Is it Ethical to Exclude People Who Can’t Speak English from Participating in a Study?” on the ethics surrounding exclusion of people with limited English proficiency from participating in a research study.

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Research in Schools

On March 1, 2017, Mary Ott MD, MA gave a talk on conducting research in schools. The talk explored a number of case studies regarding how to obtain student consent in schools.

Video of the full talk can be found here.


Re-Consent in Pediatric Biobanking

On October 27, 2016, Jane Hartsock, JD, MA gave a presentation on the issues that can arise from the re-consent process of pediatric BioBanking and whether re-consent is necessary.

Video of the full talk can be found here.


Community Consent

In this talk, Jack Hosty gives a presentation on community consent and exceptions from informed consent in emergency medical research.

Quality Improvement vs. Research

In this talk, Mary Ott, MD MA, Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy & Bioethics in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, presents “When is QI just QI? Ethical Overlap and Distinctions between QI & Research.”