Our research bioethics consultants offer advice to researchers, research staff, personnel involved in protection of human subjects, and research participants who have questions about any aspect of a research study. We assist when there are ethical issues that could benefit from in-depth conversation and analysis related to the development, implementation, or analysis of clinical and translational research. Consultant recommendations are advisory and are supplemental to the institutional review board’s (IRB) responsibility for research oversight. Consultations may range from a phone conversation to a face-to-face meeting, and usually result in a written report being created for the requestor’s use. The consultations generally are confidential, and the details are not discussed with others without the requestor’s permission unless disclosure is required by law.