This learning module was conceived, researched, and authored by Joyce Plaza and Ruth Fischbach.  The Columbia Center for New Media Teaching & Learning (CCNMTL) was responsible for production and technical details. 

Joyce Plaza, MS, MBE, is the Deputy Director of Columbia University's Center for Bioethics.

Ruth L. Fischbach, PhD, MPE, Professor of Bioethics at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health, is the Director of the Columbia University Center for Bioethics.  Dr. Fischbach was awarded the NIH grant support that made this module possible.

Executive Producers
Frank Moretti
Maurice Matiz

Project Management
Mike Soupios

Creative Direction, Photography and Production
Marc Raymond

Video Production
Stephanie Ogden, lead
Gerard Zoehfeld
Brian O'Hagan
Michael Deleon

Anders Pearson

We gratefully acknowledge funding for this module that was provided by grant # T15 HL72451-01, Current Issues in Research Ethics (CIRE), from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (Ruth Fischbach, PhD, MPE, Principal Investigator).

The authors thank for their expert video commentary, Heather Butts, MPH, JD, MA, a regulatory specialist of the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a member of the CUMC Privacy Board; Jeffrey Cohen, PhD, President of HRP Associates, Inc., a firm engaged in training and consulting in human research protections; Robert Klitzman, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and School of Public Health at Columbia University and Director of the Ethics, Policy, and Human Rights Core of the NY State Psychiatric Institute’s HIV Center; and Philip R.O. Payne, MA, currently a PhD student in Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University.

For their invaluable editorial consultation, the authors also thank Heather Butts, MPH, JD, MA, CUMC IRB’s regulatory specialist and member of the Privacy Board; Jeff Davis, JD, Associate Vice President and HIPAA Compliance Officer at CUMC; and David Strauss, MD, Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chairman of the IRB at the NY State Psychiatric Institute.

Ruth Fischbach and Joyce Plaza have authored an earlier distance learning module entitled "Conflicts of Interest," supported by grants from the NIH and the Office of Research Integrity.  To view this module, which should be of interest to researchers, IRB members and administrators, Institutional Officials, and students, go to http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/cire/coi/introduction/.