Welcome to the Atlanta Clinical & Translational Science Institute's (ACTSI) webpage on ethical dilemmas in scientific research and professional integrity. This page presents case scenarios involving responsible conduct in research. Each case is followed by a brief, expert opinion that suggests strategies for resolution. For a sample case followed by an expert opinion, click here.

We especially hope that these cases can provide useful teaching materials for college or university faculty who present lectures or courses on responsible conduct in research. The cases and expert opinions on this page are intended for instructional use and are copyrighted by Emory University.

Readers interested in submitting a dilemma of their own for possible review, comment, and posting to the website can send their dilemma to Dr. John Banja. The dilemma must relate to research ethics. Submission of a dilemma does not guarantee review for an expert opinion or posting to the website.

The cases and expert opinions on this website are intended for instructional use and are copyrighted by Emory University. THEY MAY BE REPRODUCED AND FURTHER DISTRIBUTED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES, SO LONG AS THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS ARE FULFILLED: (1) APPROPRIATE ATTRIBUTION IS INCLUDED; (2) THE MATERIALS ARE NOT MODIFIED; (3) THE MATERIALS ARE USED ONLY FOR ACADEMIC AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES; AND (4) NO FEE OR OTHER CHARGE IS IMPOSED TO OBTAIN ACCESS TO THE MATERIALS. ALL OTHER RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO USE THE MATERIALS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES, IS EXPRESSLY RESERVED BY EMORY UNIVERSITY. EMORY UNIVERSITY HOPES THAT THE MATERIALS ON THIS PAGE WILL BE HELPFUL, BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS, AND ALL WARRANTIES ARE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMED.

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