Community Research Ethics Committee

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The mission of the Community Research Ethics Committee is to contemplate the potential community and individual-level benefits and risks of the CoSAGE project and research studies within the community. The Community Research Ethics Committee consists of men and women who represent the villages of Westphalia, Fowler, Pewamo and the surrounding area. The committee meets on a quarterly basis in one of the three villages.

Roles and Responsbilities

  • Contemplate the impact of CoSAGE research on the community
  • Consider the potential Ethical, Legal and Social implications of the CoSAGE project
    • What are the community and individual-level benefits of conducting this research?
    • What are the community and individual-level risks of conducting this research?
  • Assist in identifying methods to determine potential concerns or issues in the community related to the research.
  • Assist in establishing and implementing strategies for responding to potential concerns or issues in the community related to the research.
  • Review  CoSAGE products (papers, presentations, grant proposals, IRB applications) for consistency with:

Four Principles of Biomedical Ethics

  • Respect for Autonomy (self-directing)

  • Beneficence (to do good)

  • Non-maleficence (to do no harm)

  • Justice (fairness and equity)

  • Community ordinances (Legal implications)

  • Community values (Social implications)

  • Principles of Community Engaged Research

  • Sign letters of support for grant applications.
  • Provide recommendations for appropriate/inappropriate use of the genealogical data base

Meet the community members from the Community Research Advisory Committee and Community Research Ethics Committee. Individuals who may be interested in joining the Community Research Advisory Committee are invited to contact us to learn more.