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Monthly Archives: August, 2011

The scars of research done poorly

For much of the meeting, a discussion around protection of human subjects in scientific research was abstract. It became tangible today when Carletta Tilousi, member of the Havasupai Tribal Council in Supai, Arizona, told the story of a diabetes research study involving her tribe to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. The […]

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Commission builds database of scientific trials

One basic issue in today’s federally funded research involving human subjects around the world: There’s no single database. Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, noted the absence of a database during the second day of meetings, which are examining the […]

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Panel recommends compensation for research injuries

An international expert panel today issued five recommendations to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on the effectiveness of current federal rules and international standards for research involving human subjects. One of the five was a recommendation that the U.S. government should implement a system to compensate research subjects for research-related injuries. […]

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Questions and answers on Guatemala research

During today’s meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, several key questions were answered about the investigation into the U.S. Public Health Service’s studies in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 that exposed and infected vulnerable populations to sexually transmitted diseases. Here are some of the questions: Why were they studying sexually […]

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Quotes on Guatemala investigation

Here are some notable quotes from members of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. The Commission today focused on the historical investigation of a U.S. Public Health Service research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 in which researchers deliberately exposed and infected participants with sexually transmitted diseases. Lonnie Ali, the wife of […]

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The story of Berta

It was just one woman’s story, and that was more than enough for a Commission member to find moral blame. During the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues’ meeting today on the investigation of US researchers deliberately exposing and infecting Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases from 1946 to 1948, one member raised the […]

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Commission discusses ethical conclusions in Guatemala investigation

For nine months, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has investigated a US-funded research project in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 that deliberately exposed and infected vulnerable people with sexually transmitted diseases. Today, it unveiled some of its findings. While the Commission will not release its complete findings until next month when […]

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Tune in Monday: Live coverage of Bioethics Commission

Here’s a heads up that we’ll be live blogging starting Monday at the sixth public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. The two-day meeting , which will be held in Washington, D.C., is expected to cover issues surrounding the investigation into the revelations last October that researchers sponsored by the […]

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