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Bioethics Commission Staff Presents “Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research” at PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research Conference in Boston

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) Executive Director Lisa M. Lee, Ph.D, M.S., and Associate Director Michelle Groman, J.D., will be speaking at PRIM&R’s (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research) 2013 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, which takes place Nov. 7-9 in Boston, Mass. Their session, “Pediatric Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Research: Enumerating […]

Bioethics Commission Staff Presents “Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research” at APHA in Boston

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) Executive Director Lisa M. Lee, Ph.D, M.S., Associate Director Michelle Groman, J.D., and Commission Member Christine Grady, R.N., Ph.D will be speaking at the 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association (APHA), which takes place Nov. 2-6, in Boston, Mass. Their […]

See you at APHA in Boston

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) will be participating in the 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Public Health Association in Boston, Mass. We look forward to seeing you at the following sessions: Panel Session – Enumerating Ethical Considerations of Medical Countermeasure Research with Children (3442.0) at […]

See you at ASBH in Atlanta

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) will be participating in the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 15th Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. We look forward to seeing you at the following sessions: Plenary Session, Friday, 9:15 a.m. A Conversation with Amy Gutmann, Chair, Ph.D., Presidential Commission for […]

Member Spotlight: John D. Arras

President Obama appointed philosopher John D. Arras, Ph.D., to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) in May 2010. Dr. Arras is the Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Program in Bioethics and is affiliated with the Center for […]

Compensating Participants Injured in Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research

In its recent report, Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) revisited the issue of compensation for research-related injury—an issue first addressed in its December 2010 report, Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research. In Safeguarding Children, the Bioethics Commission reaffirmed the conclusion […]

Bioethics Commission Develops Ethical Framework—Guidance for National-Level Review of Higher Risk Pediatric Research Protocols

The central tenet of pediatric research ethics is that it should not pose greater than minimal risk (or the risks of daily life) to participants, and, when greater risk cannot be avoided in research, there must be a commensurate potential for direct benefit to pediatric participants or benefit to an identifiable class of children. Only […]

What is anthrax vaccine adsorbed and what do we know about it?

Anthrax is an infection of the skin, intestinal tract, or lungs caused by exposure to spores of the bacterium, Bacillus anthracis. Although several types of antibiotics are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent and treat anthrax, such antibiotics do not provide long-term protection against the persistence of dormant spores. Data […]

In Safeguarding Children, Commission provides guidance for application of section 407

Most pediatric research can be approved by an institutional review board (IRB) if it poses only minimal risk, offers the prospect of direct benefit, or yields vitally important generalizable information about the participants’ condition. When a pediatric research proposal does not fit within these confines, to move forward, it must be elevated to national-level review […]

Community Engagement in Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) recently published its report, Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research, in which it reviews the ethical considerations for conducting research on medical interventions that would be used to protect children in the event of a bioterror attack—also known as “medical countermeasures” (MCM). One […]

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