Annual Research Ethics Conference — Major Changes in Research Rules & Oversight: Making Progress or Creating New Problems?

Graphic for 2019 Research Ethics conference
March 6, 2019 - 8:30am to 1:30pm
Coffman Theater, University of Minnesota

This is a free conference and webcast.

VIEW THE WEBCAST HERE (will go live at 8:15am CST on Wednesday, March 6)

Researchers and research participants across the country are facing big changes in the rules governing the ethical conduct of research. Many studies are affected, including those in basic science, biomedical research, the social sciences, and research with human participants. This conference features senior leaders from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Partners HealthCare, and Harvard University, who will analyze changes in oversight of emerging technologies, the Common Rule governing research with human participants, and the federal redefinition of “clinical trials” to cover more studies. Finally, a panel with community and local experts will join these speakers to debate the impact of these changes. This University of Minnesota Research Ethics Conference will be especially valuable for researchers, clinicians, study coordinators, oversight personnel, research participants, patient advocates, students, and trainees.

In-person registration begins at 7:30am, and includes a buffet breakfast available beginning at 7:45am and a box lunch served at 11:45am.

Speaker Biographies 
Planning Committee

Presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research; Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences; and Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

This conference is part of Research Ethics Week (March 4-8, 2019), during which the University of Minnesota focuses on professional development and best practices to ensure safety and integrity in research. To see a complete list of events being offered during Research Ethics Week, click here

Continuing Education Information: 

To earn Continuing Education credits, webcast viewers must email us at during the webcast to confirm their wish to receive CE credits. Later viewing of this video will not qualify for credit. 

An application for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits has been filed.

Continuing Medical Education
Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Educational Objectives for this conference are:

  • Learn the content of the new guidelines and hear from experts about how they will influence research and clinical care, especially Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) and the community.
  • Gain an understanding of the ways the revised Common Rule will impact researchers, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and study participants.
  • Researchers need to know how to mitigate the unintended consequences of the new NIH clinical trial rule, and apply the changes it specifies in their studies to stay in compliance.

Coffman Union is centrally located on the East Bank of the Twin Cities campus and is accessible via several transit options, including: 

There are three public parking ramps close to Coffman Union: 

A full list of parking options can be found here
Information on disability parking can be found here