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Live from New York: Commission’s meeting on human subjects trials

Welcome to the live blog for the fifth public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
The two-day hearing, held in midtown Manhattan, will focus in part on the investigation into the revelations last October about the U.S. Public Health Service’s support for sexually transmitted disease research conducted in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948.

Two separate investigations have been launched. One is by Guatemala, led by Vice President Rafael Espada, a medical doctor. The second is being overseen by the President’s Bioethics Commission.

Vice President Espada has canceled his scheduled appearance today before the Commission due to unrest in Guatemala.

The Commission today will hear from Valerie H. Bonham, Executive Director of the Commission, who will give an update on the U.S. investigation, which is expected to be released sometime this summer.

A large part of the agenda will be on the current federal standards of international scientific research. Last November, President Obama requested the Commission to conduct a “thorough review of human subjects protection to determine if Federal regulations and international standards adequately guard the health and well-being of participants in scientific studies supported by the Federal Government.”

We will be posting several blogs throughout today and tomorrow. Today’s hearing runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tomorrow’s meeting will be from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Here is a full agenda of the meeting. You also can watch a live Webcast here.

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