Understanding the Ethics of Research

Judith Navratil, MA, CIP, is a faculty research liaison for the University of Pittsburgh Human Research Protection Office. Ms. Navratil works with academic researchers to ensure that their research meets regulatory and ethical standards. She also gives presentations to community members, people working in academics and students on the importance of conducting ethical research. She trains researchers and communities on how important it is for research to be equitable. This means that the risks and benefits of scientific research are equally distributed among all communities.
Ms. Navratil says, “Before joining the staff of HRPO, I worked for nearly 20 years as a research coordinator. I ran studies of children and teens with mental health issues. From this experience, I learned that research participants are the most important members of the research team. Without their willingness to share their experiences, advances in scientific knowledge would not be possible.”
If you would like to learn more about Pitt’s HRPO, visit www.irb.pitt.edu.
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