SBRI19010U Ethics in Translational Medicine II: Participant Related Issues

Volume 2022/2023

BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme



Translational research presents new organizational, ethical, and legal challenges. Equally, it calls for collaboration and communication between different fields of omics, big data analytics and drug development and attention to the respect for involved participants. A number of dialogical situations in the translational journey of knowledge as well as the ethical questions pertaining to the complex nature of public-private partnerships in health will be identified and discussed in Ethics II.

The course is focused on participant issues. The fellows are asked to reflect ethically on him/herself as a researcher engaged in his/her field (touching on values, positions, relations, etc.). Other participant perspectives that can impact the fellow will eventually be incorporated in reflections (e.g. colleagues, patients, clinics, labs, objects, animal models, society, etc.). Ethical reflections will be promoted through lectures on translation and law. By using artefacts from Medical Museion fellows will also reflect on the ethical issues that these objects represent. 

Fellows will keep a logbook consisting of two exercises. One before the course and one during the course. Instructions will be sent in advance of course.

Course objectives

To understand the moral and legal component in translational medical research by:

  • Acquiring competencies that will help identify, assess and resolve ethical and legal questions and provide an analytical framework of translational movements between different settings
  • Ascertaining the interrelationship between ethical issues and the production of knowledge through omics, big data and pharma
  • Developing dialogical competencies that will support the collaborative effort in generating data, informing clinical therapeutics and improving patient care
Learning Outcome

On completion of the course, the participants should be able to:


  • Understand the relationship between science and society
  • Discuss underlying ethical questions in and ramifications of their professional work



  • Use analytical tools and obtain practical experience with identifying, assessing and resolving ethical and legal questions



  • Critically access and discuss complex ethical issues in their work
  • Obtain an understanding of ethical issues in other disiciplines than their own in translational medicine
  • Master dialogical methods that will support collaboration across fields in translational research

Course literature is published on Absalon.


Course literature includes:

1. Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard Knox (2014): “The 4C model: A reflective tool for the analysis of ethical cases at the neonatal intensive-care unit”, in Clinical Ethics, vol. 9(4): 120-126.

2. Mie Dam, Per T. Sangild & Mette N. Svendsen (2018): Translating neonatology research: Transformative encounters across species and disciplines, in HPLS, 40:21.

3. Luciana Riva & Carlo Petrini (2019): A few ethical issues in translational research for gene and cell therapy”, in Journal of Translational Medicine, 17:395.

Participants must meet the admission criteria in BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme
•The course is divided into a theoretical (before noon session) and practical part (afternoon session)
•Focus is on a mentored hands-on experience with postgrads' specific ethical interests and challenges within their own work of moving between basic science and clinical settings
• The course will consist of presentations, small group discussions, pair exercises, case-based work and master class elements
• Individual reading
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 9
  • Preparation
  • 8
  • Theory exercises
  • 9
  • Exam Preparation
  • 8
  • Total
  • 34
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Type of assessment details
• Attendance
• Active participation
• Postgrads will do three exercises (one per day of course) and store in a log book that is handed in for peer supervision
Exam registration requirements

Participants are automatically registered for the Examination upon course registration.

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.