CITI Expands Online Offerings in Human
Subjects Research Ethics

 
   

t has been more than seven years since the launch of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, or CITI, and during that time more than 800,000 individuals engaged in human subjects research around the world have participated in the specialized training at the CITI Course site, www.citiprogram.org.

Now the innovative program, co-founded by Paul Braunschweiger, Ph.D., professor of radiation oncology at the Miller School, has modified its Web offerings to present new bioethics courses in Spanish and Portuguese.

“One of the goals of the University is to increase its research footprint in Latin America, and having the bioethics infrastructure in place can help make that happen,” says Braunschweiger, who began developing the online training programs for human subjects protection in collaboration with Karen Hansen at Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in March 2000.

The CITI Program, launched in September 2000, is now considered the gold standard for online human subjects protection training. More than 20,000 people per month from over 900 member institutions around the world complete a CITI course.

The program also now offers comprehensive Web-based courses in good clinical practice, health information privacy and security, responsible conduct of research, and laboratory animal welfare. Thanks to Ken Goodman, Ph.D., and Sergio Litewka, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of Miami Ethics Programs, and collaborators in Chile, Peru, and Brazil, more than 50 content modules are now available from CITI’s Spanish and Portuguese libraries.

“As the Miller School expands its international research, it is imperative to have an infrastructure to make it easier for our researchers to collaborate with colleagues in other countries and know that they have had appropriate training—the CITI Program can help do this,” says Richard Bookman, Ph.D., executive dean for research and research training at the Miller School and the University’s vice provost for research.