ASIST co-authored online training on Research Ethics

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The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is developing an online certificate program to introduce students to the complex and rewarding world of clinical research. The program is primarily designed for undergraduate and graduate students early-on in their medical training and is being shared initially with the Duke and N.C. Central university communities before being released to the general public.

The certificate curriculum will touch on a wide range of topics related to clinical research including: An Overview of the Clinical Research Paradigm, Study Design and Analysis, Data Collection and Data Management, Research Ethics and Regulation, Stakeholder Engagement, and Team Science. Throughout the program, emphasis will be placed on the various roles that make clinical research possible (from clinical research coordinator to principal investigator), with an aim of exposing trainees to the many possibilities for engaging with this important work.  The CTSI hopes to launch the complete online curriculum by fall 2021.

In spring 2019, ASIST was excited to be invited to develop the “Research Ethics in the Context of Clinical Research” module.  This module explores the “basics of ethical principles in clinical research and the unethical history that transformed the way clinical research was conducted.”  Although most of the certificate modules are still under development, the Research Ethics module, co-authored by Emilia Chiscop, PhDRebecca Beerman, PhD (both members of the ASIST team), Chris Simon, PhD and Misha Angrist, PhD, is now available on the Duke Learning Management System platform, accessible to everyone at Duke.

A second module, “Introduction to Regulation of Medical Product: FDA Oversight of Drugs and Devices” is also now available for access.

Use the links below to check-out these two learning modules in the Duke LMS:

Research Ethics in the Context of Clinical Research

Introduction to Regulation of Medical Products: FDA Oversight of Drugs and Devices

To find out more about the Duke CTSI’s certificate curriculum, please contact Amanda McMillan, staff director for workforce development, at