The HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute: Training Early-Career Scientists to Conduct Research on Research Ethics

J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2015 Dec;10(5):470-80. doi: 10.1177/1556264615614937.


The responsible conduct of HIV/drug abuse prevention research requires investigators with both the knowledge of and ability to generate empirical data that can enhance global ethical practices and policies. This article describes a multidisciplinary program offering early-career professionals a 2-year intensive summer curriculum along with funding to conduct a mentored research study on a wide variety of HIV/drug abuse research ethics topics. Now in its fifth year, the program has admitted 29 trainees who have to date demonstrated increased knowledge of research ethics, produced 17 peer-reviewed publications, 46 professional presentations, and submitted or been awarded five related federal grants. The institute also hosts a global information platform providing general and HIV/drug abuse relevant research ethics educational and research resources that have had more than 38,800 unique visitors from more than 150 countries.

Keywords: HIV; community-based research; drug abuse; ethics; evidence-based ethics; training.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / ethics*
  • Curriculum*
  • Education*
  • Ethics, Research / education*
  • HIV Infections* / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Professional Competence
  • Research Personnel / education*
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / prevention & control