Clearly, scientific investigation has extended and enhanced the quality of life and increased our understanding of ourselves, our relationships with others, and the natural world. It is one of the foundations of our society's material, intellectual, and social progress. For many citizens, scientific discoveries have alleviated the suffering caused by disease or disability. Nonetheless, the prospect of gaining such valuable scientific knowledge need not and should not be pursued at the expense of human rights or human dignity.
National Bioethics Advisory Commission, 2001
Cardiovascular Disease Research Ethics Program
The Cardiovascular Disease Research Ethics (“CADRE”) Program is a 5-year project (T15HL075759) funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Our goal: provide researchers across the U.S. with unprecedented short-term (1-day) research ethics training tailored to their identified needs and interests.
Courses are held near major research centers. Past courses have been held in Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Dallas, Tucson and Birmingham. An online course is currently under development. Course content is based upon a national needs assessment, and includes topical modules, case studies and related readings centered on different ethics topics.
T. Howard Stone, JD, LLM, Associate Professor of Bioethics, serves as Principal Investigator and course director. Course faculty represent other U.S. academic and research centers, including the Michigan State University, Stanford University, University of Tennessee, University of Texas Medical Branch, University of Louisville and Vanderbilt University. Steve Cherry serves as the Course Coordinator.
Check out the CADRE program web site to learn more about this project (a new Internet browser window will open) .