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In June 2000 the National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research issued a requirement that all researchers conducting research involving human subjects with NIH funds must receive training on the protection of human subjects. Currently the Lab has a short on-line tutorial covering the main points which those researchers using human cell lines should take.

The short LBNL computer based training program on the protection of human subjects can be found at the Lab's training siteSelect the EHS 740 course. The 20 question tutorial takes approximately 40 minutes to complete. Please direct any comments or questions about the tutorial to Dianna Bolt, Note that the EHS 740 course was updated on March 1, 2011 and all investigators and responsible protocol staff at LBNL who are involved in research with human subjects who took this course earlier must retake it. If a grant agency or some other entity requires certification from you for human subjects protection training, after you have completed EH&S 740, go to the training website at LBNL for instructions on how to print out your training profile.

LBNL researchers may also take the CITI online human subjects protection training course. This is a course hosted by the University of Miami Collaborative IRB (Institutional Review Board) Training Initiatives on the ethical use of humans as research subjects. It has multiple modules, such as those on the history of human research subject use, consent form requirements, using vulnerable populations, etc. Register under "Other DOE." Those researchers involved in the Million Veterans Project should choose the biomedical track. Please remember to save the completion email you receive from CITI so that the HARC staff can load it into your HARP profile as proof of your ethics training.

In addition to the online tutorials, LBNL offers occasional seminars on ethical subjects of interest to researchers. The next seminar has not yet been scheduled. It will be posted here as soon as the details are known. The last offering was:

Wednesday, November 17st, 2004, bioethicist Gaymon Bennett spoke on the ethics of human stem cell research.