MBIO 5001 Ethics in Science, Research and Scholarship

2 credits – Spring Semester
Course Director – Katrina Cooper, Ph.D.
Required Textbook: Scientific Integrity – Text and Cases in Responsible Conduct of Research, 3rd Edition, F. L. Macrina, ASM Press, 2005.

Major advances in biotechnology and biomedical knowledge, the limited funding available for biomedical research as well as the restructuring of traditional academic institutions has shaped the contemporary biomedical research environment. Ethical and legal concerns centering on scientific misconduct, including plagiarism, grant writing and data handling as well as the use of animals, human subjects and biohazards will be addressed in both lecture format and through various workshops. Upon completion of this course students are expected to be able to 1) examine attitudes toward ethical problems in biomedical research and education, and 2) have the ability through an awareness of the technical and ethical aspects of decision making, to critically reflect on current ethical issues in biomedicine. Assigned readings relevant to these issues will be made prior to the class meeting.