Related Programs

There are several related ethics programs offered in connection with the Research Ethics Program. The programs mentioned below are opportunities to become more involved in campus-wide and community-wide discussions on various topics in research ethics.

Bioethics and Humanities

  • The Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series
    The Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Medical Teaching Facility, Room 175. Faculty members, staff, and students are welcome to attend. Past seminars covered a wide range of ethical topics including, but not limited to, Ebola, Replication in Science, Social Responsibility, and Physician Assisted Suicide.
  • Tough Cases Series
    The Tough Cases Series is supported by the Allen Lein Ethics in Medicine fund and meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 12:00-1:30 PM in the UCSD Medical Center, Room 11-309. The series provides an opportunity for physicians, nurses, social workers, and other clinical staff who are anticipating a career in medicine or science, to engage in discussion and increase awareness of important ethical issues. Past seminar topics included Organ Donation, Forced Feeding, Data Sharing, and Informed Consent.
  • Student Society for Medical Ethics
    The Student Society for Medical Ethics is a campus forum for both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in discussing the ethical challenges in medicine and life sciences. This group meets regularly twice a month in the Medical Teaching Facility, Room 175. As a group the student society investigates the history of medicine and fosters student-faculty interaction to raise awareness of these important topics. Past seminar topics included Mental Health Ethics, Social Justice, Palliative Care, and Integrative Medicine Ethics.

Institute for Practical Ethics (IPE)

Beginning in 2017, the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities launched the Institute for Practical Ethics (IPE). By leveraging the unique strengths of UC San Diego in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, the goal of the IPE is to become a leading voice on the ethics and social impact of cutting edge science.

Jacobs School of Engineering Research Ethics

The Jacobs School of Engineering has recently launched an initiatve to promote research ethics. A link to find more information about this project as well as an opportunity to RSVP for upcoming discussions can be found here.

Ethics Center

The Ethics Center holds community events to bring the public and scientists together to explore various topics in science and technology. The goal is to explore how science can best serve society. Through forums, projects, and resources, the Center gives all stakeholders an opportunity to share perspectives and educate each other on the most recent developments in science and technology. Each event invites guest speakers who are experts in their field to share their unique perspective and engage in exciting discussion with the audience.

The Ethics Center welcomes anyone who is open to learning and listening to viewpoints that may be different from their own. We welcome members of the public who are interested in learning the ethical implications of science and technology, as well as science and technology innovators who are eager to connect with the community.

The San Diego Research Ethics Consortium

The San Diego Research Ethics Consortium comprises six participating institutions: Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Scripps Health, The Scripps Research Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and the International Stem Cell Corporation. This multi-institution resource is formed by some of the leading biomedical research institutions in Southern California with the hopes of supporting the ethical conduct of science in research. The Consortium’s mission is to foster an environment of integrity and responsibility in the conduct of research while advancing awareness of evolving ethical topics. The services provided by the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium increase awareness, discussion, and understanding of the ethical dimensions of research.

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