Connected and Open Research Ethics (CORE)


Mobile health or "mHealth" research introduces new ethical and regulatory challenges that both institutional review boards (IRBs) and researchers are struggling to navigate. In response, the Connected and Open Research Ethics (CORE) initiative was launched by a team at UC San Diego with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The CORE initiative has involved researchers and IRB personnel to identify the priorities and functionality of this resource. The overarching goal of CORE is to develop dynamic and relevant ethical practices to guide mHealth and digital medicine research. Join the CORE Network to access resources (e.g., protocol and consent documents), learn from experts and contribute to shaping ethical practices in the digital age. The UC San Diego Research Ethics Program encourages researchers who are using mobile apps, wearable technologies, pervasive sensors and social media to learn more about the CORE initiative by visiting the CORE platform at


What is CORE?

Research that involves pervasive sensing and/or computational methods raise new ethical challenges for both scientists and Institutional Review Boards. In response, we asked stakeholders to design a solution and, subsequently, built Connected and Open Research Ethics. CORE has three main features including a: 1- Network 2- Q&A Forum and, 3- Resource Library.


What can CORE do for you?

Mobile Imaging, pervasive Sensing, Social media and location Tracking or “MISST” strategies can be used to study and improve human health, but navigating the ethics and regulatory review process is challenging. The CORE brings researchers, ethics board members, technologists and other stakeholders together to share their expertise and experiences to shape best practices. 


Learn more about CORE and view resources