Responsible Conduct of Research

Dr. Merz leads Penn and two Guatemalan universities, the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) and the Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM) in an NIH-funded grant to create learning and practice opportunities in research ethics and the responsible conduct of research for researchers as well as reviewers of research. Based in a new Ethics Support Center in the medical school at USAC, the two-pronged approach will develop a research ethics knowledge base in the Universities, and professionalize and enhance Institutional Review Board (IRB) capacities.