Greater Salt Lake Chapter: "Three Identical Strangers" - Looking at Ethical Issues of a "Secret" Stu

When:  Nov 1, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (MT)

"Three Identical Strangers" - Looking at Ethical Issues of a "Secret" Study

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Tonya K. Edvalson, CCRP, CHRC
Clinical Research Compliance Manager
Compliance Services
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Program Agenda:

  • 2:00 – 2:30 pm – Registration & Chapter Business Meeting (all welcome)
  • 2:30 – 4:00 pm – Presentation of “Three Identical Strangers”
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm – Discussion led by Tonya Edvalson
Program Description: 
Research misconduct and ethical violations are more historically common than most realize in our society. There are those that are well known in the research community from the Nazi War Crimes to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. But, other stories exist. One entitled “Three Identical Strangers” was recently highlighted by an award-winning documentary at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. This fascinating story unfolds about a set of triplets who were adopted into separate households at six months of age. The parents were never told of the existence of the other siblings. They were also not told that they were all, the children and the parents, in a project studying the idea of nature versus nurture. This session will discuss case study, the ethics of the research, and the current standing of these men as we know it now.

Upon completion of this Seminar, attendees should be able to:
  • Describe the basic ethical principles of informed consent, protection of vulnerable participants, and release of information, according to the Belmont Report and the Declaration of Helsinki.
  • Discuss current thoughts and attitudes of research involving children and other vulnerable populations in research.
  • Identify the risks associated with research when done with deception and failure to provide proper disclosure.

Target Audience:
  • CRCs
  • CRAs
  • Investigators
  • Project Managers
  • Regulatory Affairs/Compliance

Registration Cost: 
Free. The registration link is open. Pre-registration is requested to appropriately plan for snacks and beverages. Please REGISTER HERE.

Contact hours:
 2.0 ACRP contact hours have been approved for this presentation.

Membership is not required for online registration of contact hours.

To receive contact hours:
Purchase the contact hours, sign in at the event and attend the program.
Log on to the ACRP website then “Learning Portal” to complete the evaluation no later than 30 days following the event and obtain the online certificate.

Contact Hour Cost:

  • $0 Chapter Members
  • $15 ACRP Members
  • $30 Non-Members

Refund Policy: No refunds will be offered unless program is cancelled

Level: Intermediate

Parking Information: 
Available for free near the theater around Stilwell Field ‐ follow  signs. Carpool/public transportation is recommended as parking is limited. 


Post Theater
245 Fort Douglas Blvd
Building 636
Salt Lake City, UT 84113