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. 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 second obligation, and pays only superficial attention to the first. The course is discussion-based and will include examples from the teachers’ research, as well as the participants’ own projects.

  • The basics of research ethics of studies involving human subjects and experimental animals (“Brush-up”)
  • The basics of responsible conduct of science (“Brush-up”)
  • Research ethics of translational research: “Does one size fit all?” (cross-cultural issues, e.g., academia vs. clinical setting vs. industry; international research)
  • Research ethics of big data use in translational research
  • Research ethics of gene modifications in translational research
  • Research ethics of experimental animal use in translational research

BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme


Learning outcome

On completion of the course, the 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 implication of translational research involving diverse stakeholders, such as academic scientists, clinicians, industry, multi-partner collaborations, and multi-country collaborations



  • 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 and applying that information to assess a number of research ethical dilemmas in modern biomedical translational research.

Course literature is published on Absalon.


Course literature includes:

Kara H. Research ethics in the real world.

Mittelstadt and Floridi (eds.). The ethics of biomedical big data

Weir and Olick. The stored tissue issue. Biomedical research, ethics, and law in the era of genomic medicine.

Green, Donovan, Jauss (eds.). Global bioethics

Lyons-Weiler J. Cures vs. profits. Successes in translational research.

Participants must meet the admission criteria in BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
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
  • 3
  • Theory exercises
  • 8
  • Exam Preparation
  • 6
  • English
  • 23


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   (4-4d70717a4275777066306d7730666d)
Saved on the 27-07-2022

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