Ethics in Translational Medicine I

Course content

As scientists, we are legally obliged to submit our research for evaluation and permission by the appropriate research ethics authorities, for example the Regional Research Ethics Committee. However, we are also morally obliged to reflect regularly about why, how, and on whom we are doing the research we do, what consequences that research might have, and the dilemmas it tends to sprout everywhere.

This course focuses on the first obligation of submitting research for ethical evaluation, and pays only superficial attention to the latter. The latter aspect will be thoroughly covered in the course Ethics in Translational Medicine II.

This course is discussion-based and will include examples from the participants’ own projects.


The course will cover

  • The basics of research ethics of studies involving human subjects and experimental animal
  • The basics of responsible conduct of science
  • Research ethics of big data and genetic data use in translational research
  • Writing applications to research ethics committees



BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme


Learning outcome

Upon completing the course, participants should be able to:



  • Discuss research ethics implications of basic/preclinical studies involving biological data, generated as part of “Omics” and similar “Big data” studies
  • Discuss research ethics implications of basic/preclinical studies involving experimental animals
  • Discuss research ethics implications of translational research bridging lab and clinic



  • Communicate research ethics issues related to big data and translational studies in a balanced and accessible manner



  • Critically assess and discuss complex ethical issues
  • Master dialogical methods that will support collaboration across fields in translational research


The course is organized with a combination of face-face lectures, group work, case studies, role-play, etc. The focus of this course will be on providing the participants with an update on relevant information on ethical challenges and applying that information to write applications for ethical reviews and assess research ethical dilemmas in modern biomedical translational research.

Course literature is published on Absalon.

Participants must meet the admission criteria in BRIDGE – Translational Excellence Programme.

Continuous feedback during the course
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Course participation
Type of assessment details
Attendance and active participation.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Active contribution and course participation according to the BRIDGE Guidelines.

Part time Master and Diploma courses

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 6
  • Preparation
  • 6
  • Exercises
  • 8
  • English
  • 20


Course number
Programme level
Part Time Master
See course dates and course programme in Absalon
15 participants
Study Board for the Professionel Master´s Degree Programmes at The Faculty og Health and Medical Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Public Health
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Course Coordinators
  • Mette Nordahl Svendsen   (4-6f6775784275777066306d7730666d)
  • Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard Knox   (4-6d70717a4275777066306d7730666d)
Saved on the 04-03-2023

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