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Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, takes on leadership role in research ethics

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Written by Wendy Meyer on March 14, 2022

The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) is pleased to announce that Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, will assume the role as the new leader of its research ethics program. Marilyn Coors, PhD, who served in this role since 2010, recently retired from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. DeCamp is associate professor in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Division of General Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine.

Matthew DeCamp
Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD

“As the director of research ethics, it’s my goal to continue to help researchers with pressing and cutting-edge ethical problems in research through the Research Ethics Consultation committee. I also hope to further expand connections between bioethics and the rest of the CCTSI,” says DeCamp.

A practicing internist, health services researcher and philosopher, DeCamp knows what it is like to be an active investigator. His research spans patient and family engagement in health care and research, ethical issues in artificial intelligence and global health and human rights (with a focus on short-term global health ethics).

Recently DeCamp has been contact principal investigator (with Donald Nease and Spero Manson) of a mixed methods study examining the social, ethical and behavioral implications of COVID-19 testing in Colorado. With Hillary Lum and Stacy Fischer, he is co-leading a supplement to the Palliative Care Research Cooperative, examining the social, cultural and ethical factors that promote COVID-19 vaccination among home health aides in hospice and palliative care. In addition, he is principal investigator of a Greenwall Foundation Making a Difference grant, examining ethics and chatbots in health care.

DeCamp is also involved in education. He teaches in the Responsible Conduct of Research program, and in Spring 2022, he is teaching a semester-long course on Global Health, Bioethics and Human Rights at CU Anschutz.

In his new role with the CCTSI, DeCamp will be involved in planning the Annual Research Ethics Conference.

“Dr. DeCamp is an award-winning teacher, scholar and mentor, and has more than a decade of service on Institutional Review Boards,” says CCTSI Director Ronald Sokol, MD. “We are fortunate to have a new Research Ethics Director with the experience that Matt brings to the table and are very much looking forward to bringing his expertise to our institute.”

Topics: Research, Kudos