Jan. 6, 2015

ACTSI and Winship launch new consultation service

Winship and the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute (ACTSI) have launched a new consultation service to ensure that research involving human subjects meets the highest ethical standards. The ACTSI/Winship Bioethics Research Consultation Service will provide confidential guidance to faculty, staff and students from ACTSI partner sites Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Located on the Emory campus, ACTSI is one of a national consortium working to accelerate the translation of research discovery into improved patient care. Each of the 62 consortium members is funded through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The ACTSI/Winship Bioethics Research Consultation Service will be led by Emory faculty Rebecca Pentz, PhD and John Banja, PhD. Dr. Pentz, a Winship member, is a professor of research ethics in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology. Banja is a medical ethicist with Emory’s Center for Ethics and a professor of rehabilitation medicine. Both participate in ACTSI’s Ethics & Regulatory program. In addition to having extensive local expertise available, Pentz and Banja are able to call in bioethics experts from around the country as part of the CTSA’s Clinical Research Ethics Consultation Collaborative. “The CTSA Consultation Collaborative is a very exciting opportunity to run difficult cases by some of the best in the field,” says Pentz.

If you have a research ethics question, the ACTSI/Winship Bioethics Research Consultation Service offers confidential discussion and non-binding advice. Contact John Banja at (404) 712-4804 or jbanja@emory.edu or contact Becky Pentz at (404) 831-1758 orrpentz@emory.edu.

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