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April 10, 2024

1:00-2:00 pm on Zoom

Registration required
at the link below.



Ethical research on human subjects is research that obtains consent from participants without coercion.  Ethical engagement with communities for research purposes is engagement that separates relationship building from recruitment, offers incentives as appreciation, and treats trust as more than merely transactional.

But ethical research is also epistemically good research, since it is unethical to recruit participants into a flawed study that cannot meet its scientific objectives.  Recruitment goals are set so that prospective studies will be properly powered.  Eligibility requirements are set so that recruited participants will be able to tolerate or implement prospective study interventions.

It can be a real challenge to satisfy all these objectives at once!  Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, April 10th at 1 pm for a frank and lively discussion of how to get the necessary numbers, with participants who genuinely qualify, in a way that builds trust, and never coerces.

We will showcase the University of Utah’s tool for connecting studies with participants: Studies For You.  There will also be a panel discussion, featuring: the director of our participant advocacy office; a resident community engagement expert; a specialist in recruitment methods; and an expert on the design and conduct of randomized trials—all moderated by a professional research ethicist.  Come with your most pressing questions, and be ready to get all the tips and tricks you might need… on how to get Recruitment Done Right.



After initial discussion by the panelists, the moderator will open the floor to questions from the audience.

We welcome all stakeholders to join us.


Morgan M. Millar, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Utah

Tom Greene, PhD
Professor in the Division of Biostatistics, Department of Population Health Sciences
Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Utah

Sara J. Knight, PhD
Professor with Tenure
Division of Epidemiology, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Utah

Sadie Gabler, BS, CCRC
Director of Research Participant Advocacy (RPA)
Research Integrity and Compliance
University of Utah


Joyce C. Havstad
Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy
Clinical and Translational Science Institute 
Office of Research Integrity and Compliance







Past E3 Panels

2022-2023 Academic Year

Our 2023 E3 panel discussion will focus on the issue of professional misconduct in the research context, understood as bullying, harassment, discrimination, and inappropriate conduct creating a hostile work environment for any and all researchers here at the University of Utah.

The NIH has recently changed their reporting requirements for funded PIs who are sanctioned for professional misconduct by their home institutions, and we hear that the University of Utah will of course be complying with this federal requirement.

We aim for our faculty, staff, and students to all be aware of what professional misconduct is—ideally, to keep it from ever happening in the first place; but also, so that reporting and correction can occur when necessary. Both preventative and responsive measures are necessary and this E3 event will help serve both these aims.

Addressing topics such as:

  • What kind of behavior counts as professional misconduct?
  • Where can I go for help if I think professional misconduct is occurring?
  • How do I report instances of professional misconduct for formal review?
  • Can I be retaliated against if I make an allegation of professional misconduct?



Dr. Caren Frost
Associate Vice President
Research Integrity and Compliance

Dr. Sherrie Hayashi
Director & Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Zachary Mitchell
Research Integrity Officer
Clinical & Translational Science Institute


Joyce C. Havstad
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy, Clinical and Translational Science Institute 
Office of Research Integrity and Compliance



2021-2022 Academic Year

Enrolling participants in a research study or clinical trial is not always easy, and it can be hard to get the number of participants needed to generate significant results.  Also, researchers sometimes work on problems which apply not just to others but themselves too.  For instance, study personnel working on COVID vaccines might want to be a part of that study and be a part of the development of those vaccines.

This E3 asks: when study personnel are potentially a part of the population under study, should these personnel also be eligible for enrollment in the study?  Additionally, when that study offers compensation for participation (especially, financial compensation) should these personnel-slash-participants be compensated in the same way, or at the same level, as non-personnel participants?  This event will begin with contributions by expert panelists, but the floor will soon open for audience input and group discussion.

Date & Time: Wednesday April 13, 2022 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm (ZOOM)


  • Leslie Francis - Distinguish Professor, College of Law
  • Rachel Hess - Professor, Internal Medicine
  • Ann Johnson - Director, Institutional Review Board
  • Brian Watts - Deputy General Counsel, General Counsel



  • Joyce Havstad - Associate Professor, Philosophy


2020 - 2021 Academic Year

The Belmont Report's ethical principles align with the need for equity, diversity, and inclusion in human subject research. In order to respect and protect the best interests of research participants, the University of Utah Human Research Protection Program and IRB will discuss best practices for improving EDI in research, as well as common and innovative approaches used by IRBs across the country.

Date & Time: Thursday May 11, 2020 from 11:00am to 12:00pm (ZOOM)


  • Anna Johnson  - Director, Institutional Review Board
  • Sarah Mumford - Associate Director, Institutional Review Board

The University of Utah is committed to the advancement of research and discovery on a global level, while managing the risk of potential undue foreign influence. The Office of Research Integrity and Compliance’s Foreign Influence unit works to educate, identify, and implement reporting requirements and best practices to prevent and combat undue foreign influence. What is Foreign Influence?  How does/could this affect the university? What is being done to mitigate this risk?

Date & Time: Thursday March 18th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm (ZOOM)

Panelist: Trent Foxley: Associate Director, International Engagement and Compliance

According to recent scholarly work, bullying is defined as physical, social, and/or verbal actions that cause harm to a person or a group.  These repeated actions present negative consequence for the victim(s) as well as the bully.  Bullying, one form of unprofessional behavior, "always involves aggressive behavior" and a differential in power dynamics.  A recent case in Australia highlights the mechanisms through which this type of behavior occurs.  This panel dialogue will address what the U of Utah doing to reduce bulling and address professional misconduct in the research setting. Resources on campus will be identified.

Date & Time: Tuesday September 15th, 10:00am - 11:00am (ZOOM)

  • Dr. Sarah Projansky: Associate Vice President for Faculty, Office of Faculty
  • Dr. Joan Sheetz: Professor (Clinical), Pediatric Administration
  • Dr. Joyce Havstad: Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • Dr. Jim Ruble: Associate Professor, Pharmacotherapy


2019 - 2020 Academic Year

Determining manuscript authorship for publications can be a daunting task whether you are working with a new research team or if you are working with a well established team. This kick off E3discussion, led by a panel of experts from the University of Utah, will highlight the appropriate steps and conversations researchers should consider when establishing authorship parameters for their work with other researchers. A draft authorship guideline will be shared for discussion. The audience is junior and senior faculty (tenure line and career line), study coordinators, and graduate students.

Have you received those e-mails encouraging you to submit your valued research findings to a new journal?  How do you know if you journal is legit?  This panel discussion with highlight how to use the Bealls List of Predatory Journals ( (Links to an external site.)) and to determine which journals to avoid.  Part of the discussion will include how to identify an appropriate journal for your work.

The concept of reproducibility of results became part of the research lexicon in 1989. In 2014, the NIH developed key goals and guidelines that highlight processes to ensure that data are collected rigorously and research steps can be reproduced. This discussion will explore (1) why rigor in research studies is crucial to the scientific endeavor and (2) how to ensure research activities can be reproduced using the eight transparency standards developed by the NIH. What types of guidelines are needed at the U of Utah to ensure data rigor and reproducibility?



Last Updated: 3/1/24