Stanford Center for
Biomedical Ethics

Benchside Ethics Consultation Service

The Benchside Ethics Consultation Service (BECS) is a service for Stanford University researchers, developed through the combined efforts of an interdisciplinary group of scholars within CIRGE and the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. The program in Benchside Ethics Consultation is analogous to the bedside consultation service bioethicists and ethics committees have long provided for real-time discussion, analysis and resolution of ethical issues in the clinical setting; BECS, however, focuses specifically on issues arising from laboratory and clinical research.

The program is the first of its kind in that it allows for proactive identification of important ethical and policy issues in biomedical research. Through early and direct interactions among ethicists, philosophers, social scientists, lawyers, biomedical scientists and others, BECS aims to facilitate discussions with researchers about as-yet-undefined, cutting-edge science as it unfolds.

BECS was established as part of CIRGE with a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Department of Energy (DOE). It is also supported by a grant from the NIH as part of Stanford’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and Spectrum - The Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research.

Download the BECS flyer here (PDF)

Download an overview of the BECS consultation process here (PDF)

Download the Research Ethics Inventory, a collection of research ethics resources at Stanford University here (PDF)


Mildred Cho, PhD
SCBE Associate Director
Associate Professor (Research) of Pediatrics

Hank Greely, JD
Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and, by courtesy, of Genetics

David Magnus, PhD
SCBE Director
Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics
Co-Chair of the Stanford Hospital and Clinics Ethics Committee

Christopher Scott, PhD
Senior Research Scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
Director of the Stanford Program on Stem Cells in Society

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