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Creating Collaborative Research Ethics Education with Costa Rica

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Project Information in NIH RePORTER

Creating Collaborative Research Ethics Education with Costa Rica

Principal Institution

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Heitman, Elizabeth

Project Contact Information

Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2525 West End Avenue, Suite 400
Nashville,TX 37203
Email: elizabeth.heitman@vanderbilt.edu
Telephone: 615-936-2696
Fax: 615-936-3800

Year(s) Awarded

2006-2010

Project Description

The Collaborative Research Ethics Education (CREE-Costa Rica) program is a joint endeavor of research ethics educators from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and the Costa Rican Hospital Nacional de Niños. It provides education in biomedical research ethics and capacity building in ethical research design, conduct, and review of human participant research for Costa Rica. The program’s interrelated educational and practical training activities include 1) a masters program in clinical research and research ethics at VUMC for early-career Costa Rican investigators; 2) a five-week practicum in research ethics at VUMC for directors and senior members of Costa Rican research ethics review committees; 3) a four-day research ethics symposium in San José for Costa Rican research ethics committee members, investigators, and research administrators; 4) a four-day symposium on teaching research ethics and the responsible conduct of research (RCR) in San José for Costa Rican biomedical educators; and 5) development of curricular materials in Spanish on research ethics and RCR, including professional presentations, publications, and a CREE program website.