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NIEHS Bioethics

The Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) supports several programs designed to address the ethical aspects of the NIEHS mission. The NIEHS bioethicist, David B. Resnik, J.D., Ph.D., coordinates these programs for the OSD. The OSD sponsors annual training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) and supports workshops, seminars, and focus groups on ethical issues in environmental health research and bioethics. Dr. Resnik works closely with the NIEHS Institutional Review Board, the Office of Clinical Research, the Office of the Scientific Director and the NIEHS Division of Extramural Research to help develop institutional policies that promote research integrity and compliance with federal research policies and regulations. Dr. Resnik conducts interdisciplinary research on ethical, legal and social issues in environmental health research, spanning such areas as environmental toxicology, environmental genomics, public health, biotechnology, bioterrorism, HIV/AIDS research, genetic testing, gene therapy, stem cell research, drug development, medical decision-making and scientific methodology. Dr. Resnik also provides consultations for researchers and administrators on bioethics issues, problems and concerns. Department of Health & Human Services National Institutes of Health
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