The Research Methods Core ensures the highest ethical standards for participants’ safety are upheld throughout the entire clinical trial process. It helps make understanding a study and agreeing or declining to participate in a trial easy for potential participants. And it offers researchers assistance with trial design, fast Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval processes, biostatistics support, and more.

Lainie Ross
ITM Research Methods Core Leader

Lainie Ross, MD, PhD, is the ITM’s Research Methods Core Leader. She creates and maintains the ITM’s ethical framework, ensuring safe and ethical research practices for participants and investigators.

Ross – who also serves as the Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics and professor of pediatrics, medicine, and surgery – is a nationally and internationally recognized bioethicist and physician. Her work has focused on ethical and policy issues in organ transplantation, genetic testing, pediatrics, and human subjects protections, and she has published more than 100 research articles. She currently serves on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) and as the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics Executive Committee. She is also the associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. In recognition of her outstanding work in public policy and medical ethics, Ross was elected as a prestigious Hastings Center Fellow in 2009.

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