Research Ethics and Integrity

The Focus Group Research Ethics and Integrity will share good practice in order to optimize the procedures in evaluation and management of ethical aspects. Sharing expertise connected with adoption of specific codes, rules, and policies related to research ethics is expected to change the culture of research and to incorporate ethical responsibility into protocol design and research projects implementation.

Main areas of interest and priorities of the Focus Group

1. Mapping ethics infrastructure among Alliance4Life partners – review of internal guidelines and procedures at each institutes. Research ethics committees and institutional RI officers use different approaches at each institution (retroactive vs. proactive approach). The group will discuss and share the procedures and rules applied at different institutions.

2. Education of early career researchers and students: Actions should be proposed that will change the perception of ethics as something abundant and ethics committees as “obstacles” to scientific activities. All members of FG agreed that one solution to this problem is education of young researchers and students. 

  • Courses on this topic should be introduced at the partners institutions of the project.
  • Information about existing courses will be shared among member institutions. 

3. Certification for animal research – due to different legislation in each country the certification is not always transferable and it is usually time limited and must be renewed after certain period. Differences and good practice will be identified and mutual acceptance of certifications among our countries will be suggested.

4. Clinical trials – there's a different approach in each country. Regulations will be discussed and compared among member countries. 

5. Data protection

6. There is an increased demand of ethical approvals from editorial offices. Though it is not always clear for what types of research it is relevant to have ethical approval in a) Research using GMO, b) Animal research, c) Human research. FG2 will discuss the situation, find the areas relevant to all partners and subsequently share experience in this area.   


Focus Group Members

Focus Group Chair: 

Eugenijus Gefenas - Vilnius University - Faculty of Medicine; eugenijus.gefenas@mf.vu.lt

Members of the Focus Group:

Renata Veselská - Masaryk University; veselska@sci.muni.cz

Veronika Mikitová - Masaryk University/CEITEC; veronika.mikitova@ceitec.muni.cz

Leoš Ševčík - St. Anne's University Hospital Brno/ ICRC; leos.sevcik@fnusa.cz

Miroslav Vlček - Biomedical Research Center SAS; miroslav.vlcek@savba.sk

Jakub Fichna - Medical University of Lodz; jakub.fichna@umed.lodz.pl

Ana Borovečki - School of Medicine - University of Zagreb; ana.borovecki@mef.hr

Līga Zvejniece - Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis; liga@farm.osi.lv

Igor Švab - University of Ljubljana; igor.svab@mf.uni-lj.si

Dorottya Mogyorósi - Semmelweis University; mogyorosi.dorottya@semmelweis-univ.hu