HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute

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Now beginning its sixth year, the Fordham HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) is a training grant sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (# 1R25DA031608-01, Principal Investigator, Celia B. Fisher, Director Center for Ethics Education).

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The RETI provides early career investigators in the social, behavioral, medical and public health fields with an opportunity to gain research ethics training. A major function of the RETI is also to conduct institute-funded research on ethical issues in HIV and drug use research. In doing so, RETI addresses the urgent need for HIV investigators who can identify and address ethical issues, engage drug-using and other at-risk communities in the construction and evaluation of population-sensitive research protections, and generate empirical data to inform ethical practice and policies for HIV prevention science. Through their funded Mentored Research Project (MRP), RETI fellows generate empirical data, publish their findings in a variety of high-impact academic journals, and are trained to apply for increasing grant opportunities.


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Mentored Research Training

The HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute provides a unique opportunity for early-career HIV and drug use researchers to gain invaluable experience in the ever-expanding field of research ethics. Working with internationally renowned expert on research ethics, Dr. Celia B. Fisher, and other highly accomplished faculty members, RETI fellows are trained to design an empirical research study, analyze and publish their findings, facilitate approval of Institutional Review Boards, teach research ethics, and contribute to the emerging body of work on HIV and drug abuse research practices. RETI fellows join a growing group of early-career professionals in pioneering innovative ways to examine HIV and drug abuse research ethics. Past RETI fellows have published not only in ethics journals, but also in bio-medical journals, and other publications that are increasingly publishing ethics-relevant work.

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News and Events

For the latest RETI news and events, please visit our Ethics & Society blog.

HIV Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Resources

The Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute has compiled a number of continuously-updated resources in HIV prevention and drug use research ethics for Institute participants, researchers, students, faculty and teachers, as well as the general public, including: NIH Funding Opportunities in HIV and Drug Use Research Ethics, HIV and Drug Abuse Research Ethics Bibliography, Downloadable RETI Faculty Lectures, Research Ethics Regulations and Guidelines, and Relevant Government and Organization Resources.

Research Ethics Scales and Measures

The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education in partnership with the HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute provides continuously-updated evidence-based research ethics resources for investigators who wish to use scales and measures to study all aspects of research ethics, not limited to HIV prevention. The website an extensive bibliography on quantitative approaches to research on research ethics.

Ethics and Society Blog and Social Media

For the latest RETI news and events, please visit our Ethics & Society blog and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.