Bioengineering Ethics

Ethical Considerations in Bioengineering

  • conflict of interest – personal, professional, and financial
  • policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices
  • mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
  • collaborative research including collaborations with industry
  • peer review
  • data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership
  • research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
  • responsible authorship and publication
  • the scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research

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Sample Questions

  • What would you do in case of an authorship dispute?
  • What would you do if an animal experienced an adverse effect during your experiment?
  • If you need human blood for a procedure, how would you obtain it?
  • What would you do if an animal injected with human neuronal stem cells in an experiment appeared to be more intelligent?
  • Why can’t you run a simulation instead of an in vitro experiment?
  • Why can’t you run an in vitro experiment instead of an in vivo experiment?
  • How do you protect patient data?
  • What institutions are in charge of animal studies?
  • What institutions are in charge of human subjects research?