Participants in this year’s 42nd annual Intensive Bioethics Course at Georgetown were invited to sign up for a post-session dedicated to issues in research ethics.

Designed for clinical researchers and others whose work brings them face-to-face with moral issues in gathering medical research, and facilitated by lab designers, the full-day workshop used design-based inquiry to explore problem contexts and scenarios drawn from real cases. Participants used empathy maps to articulate issues in informed consent, unpacked some key issues in research ethics like the therapeutic misconception and research on complex populations, designed sample recommendations for US Human Health and Services regarding the Safe Mothers and Babies Act task force, and finished the day with some famous local cupcakes.

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