SBRI19006U Ethics in Translational Medicine I

Volume 2022/2023

BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme



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


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


Course literature is published on Absalon.

Participants must meet the admission criteria in BRIDGE – Translational Excellence Programme.
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.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 6
  • Preparation
  • 6
  • Exercises
  • 8
  • Total
  • 20
Continuous feedback during the course
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Course participation
Type of assessment details
Attendance and active participation.
Exam registration requirements

Participants are automatically registered for the examination upon admission to the BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Active contribution and course participation according to the BRIDGE Guidelines.