New members sought for ethics committees April 2, 2012 Murdoch University is looking for members of the public interested in helping make sure its research meets ethical standards. The university needs to appoint new members to its Human Research Ethics Committee and Animal Ethics Committee. At least one new community member is required for each. "These committees ensure that all Murdoch research involving people or animals meets the required legal and ethical standards," said Dr Erich von Dietze, Murdoch’s Manager, Research Ethics. "Committee members learn about the research that goes on across the university and get involved in making decisions and providing advice to researchers about how their research should be conducted. "It’s very important that the community has a voice in these decisions, and being on the committees can be very interesting and rewarding." The Human Research Ethics Committee is responsible for approving all research at the university that involves human subjects or participants – from studies involving surveying or interviewing people to medical experiments. The Animal Ethics Committee approves all research and teaching involving the use of animals, including the activities of the Veterinary School. Each committee meets around 11 times a year. The Animal Ethics Committee also carries out inspections of all the facilities where animals are kept at the university. The positions are not paid but training is provided and committee members’ travel expenses are reimbursed. While no specific qualifications are required, candidates for the Animal Ethics Committee role must not have worked with animals in any formal sense. Anyone interested in either committee should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Research Tags: animal ethics committee, committee, erich von dietze, ethics, human research ethics committee Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!