The mission of the NIEHS Ethics Office is to help ensure that NIEHS researchers, trainees, and staff understand their ethical responsibilities; comply with ethics rules, regulations, and policies; seek appropriate advice concerning ethical dilemmas and issues; and know how and where to report ethics violations.
The Ethics Office, located in Keystone, Suite 1079A, performs a variety of services and functions for the NIEHS community, including:
- Managing the filing and approval process for outside activities, scientific protocols, sponsored travel, awards, honorary degrees, and widely attended gatherings;
- Administering the filing and approval process for certifying public and confidential disclosure of financial interest statements;
- Providing guidance on conflict of interest issues for employees and the advisory committees that serve NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program (“NTP”);
- Responding to inquiries pertaining to conflict of interests, acceptable gifts, and post-employment restrictions;
- Coordinating and conducting training in responsible conduct of research for researchers, research staff, and trainees;
- Providing guidance on responsible conduct of research issues, such as misconduct, data sharing, authorship, publication, peer review, mentoring, collaboration, protection of human and animal research subjects, and social responsibility;
- Serving on NIEHS, NIH, and federal committees that deal with ethics issues;
- Conducting research and analysis on ethics issues related to environmental health research and policy;
- Serving as a liaison to the NIH Ethics Office and the HHS Office of General Counsel.
Jackie B. Stillwell
Director, NIEHS Ethics Office
P.O. Box 12233Mail Drop K1-07Durham, N.C. 27709
Ms. Stillwell joined the NIEHS Ethics Office in 2005 and served as the Deputy Director of the Ethics Office from 2011 until 2019, when she was appointed the NIEHS Ethics Director. She began her work at NIEHS in 1988 in the Travel Office and progressed through a variety of administrative positions within the Institute. Notably, she served as Administrative Officer in the Office of the Director, and later as Administrative Officer in the Division of Intramural Research. Ms. Stillwell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mount Olive.