Annual Research Ethics Day: Trainings and Workshops

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Coffman Union

These workshops and trainings were part of a two-day Frontiers in Research Ethics event. To learn more about the March 8 conference, which focused on the future of informed consent, click here. To learn more about the conference held on the morning of March 9, "The Challenges of Informed Consent in Research with Children, Adolescents & Adults," click here

Planning Contributors 

A variety of centers and departments around the University offered learning opportunities applicable to a range of practical research topics. These trainings were an opportunity for researchers, faculty, staff, patient advocates and community groups to gain concrete, actionable and hands-on approaches to the everyday challenges of properly conducting research with human participants.

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research, Human Research Protection Program.


All trainings were free to registrants; sessions run concurrently from 1:30-3. 

  • Research Partnerships with Community Members (President's Room, Coffman Union)
    Join us for a rich discussion with a panel of community partners, who will share their perspectives on both the benefits and the ethical challenges of community-engaged research. Participants will have an opportunity to work in small groups with a community partner to discuss scenarios depicting common challenges in community-campus research partnerships. Participants will have an opportunity to work in small groups with a community partner to discuss scenarios depicting common challenges in community-campus research partnerships.
    • Sarah Axtell, PhD, Faculty Development Liaison, Office for Public Engagement
    • Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, Director of Community Outreach, Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
    • Atum Azzahir, Executive Director and Elder Consultant in African Ways of Knowing, Cultural Wellness Center
    • Susan Gust, Community Development Consultant and member of the Backyard Initiative
    • Paul Mattessich, Executive Director, Wilder Research
    • Larry Tucker, Owner and Co-Founder, Kente Circle
  • Navigating the Informed Consent Conversation (Room 303, Coffman Union)
    This advanced session will include an interactive discussion of three to five real-life scenarios related to the informed consent conversation. Perspectives from a diverse panel of study coordinators and research managers will be shared. Presenters: 
    • Sheila Kelleher, MA, CCRC, CIP, Senior Quality Analyst, Post Approval Review Program, Human Research Protection Program
    • Kathleen Miller, BSN, CCRC, Research Project Manager, StrokeNet/NETT 
    • Cameron NaughtonMPA, Program Manager, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Department of Pediatrics
    • Abbey Staugaitis, RN, MSN, Clinical Research Coordinator, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest in Human Research (Room 325, Coffman Union)
    This intermediate session will include an overview and interactive discussion of real-life scenarios related to conflicts of interest in the conduct of human research. The workshop is facilitated by the co-chair of the University’s Conflict of Interest committee:
    • Paul Olin, DDS, MS, Co-Chair, Individual Conflict Review Panel, Office of Institutional Compliance; Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Sciences
  • ETHOS: Preparing IRB Submissions (Room 324, Coffman Union)
    Hear from HRPP leadership about some of the key features of the University’s new electronic IRB submission system, ETHOS (Ethical Oversight Submission System) including how to create a new study using the SMART form and accessing support for document version control. Presenters: 
    • Linnea Anderson, Chief of Staff, Human Research Protection Program

All workshops qualified for continuing education credit. In order to receive the credit, participants were required to attend the workshop and complete an evaluation survey. To ensure a highly interactive and personalized educational experience, attendance for all trainings was in-person only. Annual Research Ethics Day is part of a University-wide effort to strengthen our human research protections and cultivate a culture of ethics.

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.

American Medical Association (AMA) Credit Designation Statements
The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Health Care Professionals
Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit this 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.