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Posts tagged: human subjects protection

Compensation Expert Addresses Commission

In the course of its review of current human subjects research protections, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues asked an international panel of experts to advise them on how the current system might be improved.  One of the recommendations of the international panel was that the U.S. government “should implement a system [...]

Commission Calls for Transparency in U.S. Government-Funded Research

As the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues continued its assessment of current protections for human subjects in research at its public meeting in Boston this afternoon, Commission member, Christine Grady, proposed that the Commission recommend improving transparency in U.S. Government-funded research.  Grady said that federal agencies could develop systems – or improve [...]

Commission Work Will Dovetail Nicely with HHS’ ANPRM

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today discussed how its current work assessing the contemporary rules and regulations that protect human subjects in research will nicely dovetail with the Department of Health and Human Service’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which was released last summer. The ANPRM is entitled “Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects [...]

Putting Ethics in Action – What Role do Professional Standards Play?

Following the revelation that the U.S. Public Health Service conducted unethical research on STDs in Guatemala in the 1940s, President Obama charged the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues 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 [...]

Ethically Impossible

From 1946-1948, a team of medical researchers in the United States Public Health Service intentionally infected more than 1,300 Guatemalan prison inmates, psychiatric patients, commercial sex workers and soldiers with sexually transmitted diseases. The team also used children in diagnostic testing. Done completely without consent, their experiments resulted in a living hell for many of [...]

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