THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) spearheaded a week-long training that aimed to spread awareness on the importance of observing ethical practices while doing research.

The ethical research practices training, which was held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, was handled by advocates of ethical research practices, namely, Dr. Darryl Raymund Johnson Macer of the American University of Sovereign Nations (AUSN), and Dr. John Weckert of the Australian multi-campus school Charles Sturt University.

Dr. Macer, who is also the president and a professor of bioethics and biomedical sciences at AUSN, talked about the importance of having an Ethics Review Board and its functions, and how one can observe ethical practices in research from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.

Weckert, for his part, facilitated discussions on practicing ethical researches that deal with technology on Feb. 3 and 4. Weckert is a professor emeritus of Charles Sturt University in Australia.

In December 2015, USJ-R partnered with the Association of Government Information Officers in Central Visayas (AGIO) 7 for the group to become members of the Ethics Review Board of the university’s Center for Policy, Research and Development Studies.

AGIO 7 is an organization of public information officers of over 30 different national government agencies and government-owned and -controlled corporations.

The six-day training was held at the university’s Center for the Performing Arts in the main campus on Magallanes St. and the Talavera House of Prayer in Barangay Quiot, both in Cebu City.