Research Ethics Consulting Service

In cooperation with the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) is pleased to offer the Research Ethics Consulting Service (RECS). RECS is a no-cost resource designed to help raise awareness of, and to assist investigators in resolving issues of ethics in human subjects research. This service is open to everyone in the Johns Hopkins research community, although students and staff are asked to coordinate their requests through a faculty advisor or principal investigator.

If you are currently considering or addressing any ethical issues that are related to the development, conduct, or analysis of a research study at Johns Hopkins and would like to take advantage of the expert assistance and support of the ICTR RECS consultants, you can request their services through the ICTR Connection Request system by going to:

If you have trouble connecting contact Holly Taylor at

Examples of issues that we can assist you with include:

  • Biological Sampling
  • The Consent Process
  • Data Confidentiality
  • Disclosure of Test Results
  • Enrollment of Vulnerable Subjects
  • Genetics
  • Research Integrity/Research Misconduct
  • Risk/Benefit Assessment and Study Design (for example, what to provide to the control group)