Program Description

NIH/Fogarty: "Research Ethics Education in the Balkans and Black Sea Countries"


This grant has been awarded through the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). By pooling the combined resources of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and the University of Belgrade School of Medicine (UBSM) we have created an educational program for clinicians, biomedical researchers and other professionals from this region that provides them with the knowledge and skills to enable them to become leaders and spearhead the development of research ethics infrastructure and regulation. Over the span of the five-year project the participants will become a community of scholars and resources for each other and their region.

We have 8-10 students per cohort, each cohort for a period of three years. We teach a total of 11 courses, on-site and online in collaboration with faculty from the region. Students receive useful textbooks and access to other electronic resources.

Program Competency Objectives

By the end of this comprehensive curriculum, program participants should be able to:

  • Refer to the historical evolution of research ethics and the development of protections for human subjects.
  • Explain basic concepts of research ethics to others.
  • Identify and employ the guiding principles of research ethics.
  • Evaluate clinical studies in terms of ethical considerations.
  • Review the research ethics literature and use it in addressing questions related to the ethics of clinical research.
  • Justify decisions about the ethical conduct of research in terms of reasons that other reasonable clinician-scientists could accept.
  • Contribute original insights to the assessment of research protocols and to the research ethics literature.
  • Design and teach a course in research ethics.
  • Provide leadership in establishing and running institutional research ethics activities.