Emerging Technologies, Ethics,
and Research Data

The Emerging Technologies, Ethics, and Research Data subcommittee works to identify and develop models to aid IRB and IT collaboration as well as to create practical tools to enhance the data security reviews and human subjects protections in research involving novel technologies (i.e. cloud platforms, apps, inter-connected smart devices, and other big data research initiatives).

Sample Informed Consent Language Library: Describing Technologies Used in Research

The library was developed to assist investigators in describing technologies used in research within the informed consent form. The library is a series of sample informed consent language adopted from real-world examples, examining regulatory issues specific to various technologies used in research projects and suggestions for understanding and describing them.

Additional Resources

Data Protection Privacy and Security Matrix
(Request Matrix: regulatory@catalyst.harvard.edu)
A tool to assist investigators in assessing research information practices.


To request any of the above documents be made accessible please email communications@catalyst.harvard.edu.