In collaboration with First Clinical Research, each month we share a new question and accompanying anonymous survey, designed to encourage critical thinking about questions in clinical research and highlight discussion generated by the prior month’s question.
This month's question:
Researchers have identified a previously unknown but fairly common viral disease in certain developing countries: infant maternalitis, in which an infant is born with a serious allergy to the mere presence of his or her mother. For reasons that are not understood, [...] Read more
Are you attending the 2017 Advancing Ethical Research Conference? Would you like to participate in a research study to discuss the risks and benefits of conducting record linkage studies during the conference? If so, please join us for lunch and discussions on Nov 5th (Sunday), 12:00-1:30pm in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Room 005 (on the River Level of the Convention Center.) Read more
This week’s Research Ethics Roundup looks at how researchers can learn about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from living mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, why scientists are increasingly providing research primates with cage-mates, how research misconduct is handled in Canada, and the argument for more Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of stem-cell clinics. Read more
In September, PRIM&R hosted the webinar Mouse Anesthesia for IACUCs and Researchers, presented by Dr. Jim Marx, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, a veterinarian and researchers whose own research focuses on improving the care of mice in biomedical research. This basic-level webinar, ideal for researchers and IACUC staff, explains the fundamentals of administering and monitoring anesthesia in mice, including how to determine the proper anesthetic depth for a given protocol, how to make basic recommendations about anesthetic protocols to achieve the different planes of anesthesia, and how to understand the basics of anesthetic monitoring as an indicator of correct administration of anesthesia.
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Historically, medically-oriented research has dominated the ethical discussions that underlie federal regulations around human subjects protections. Read more
You are a member of an IRB reviewing a study protocol for a new artificial heart that, if approved by the FDA, will likely save many lives. The study sponsor, a very small company, plans to test the device in patients who will probably die without the device. It cannot afford to test the device with an adequate sample size, so it proposes to increase the sample size with funds raised by auctioning off the right to participate. Any delay in approval will likely cost lives.
You have no other information to make your decision and no clever way to dodge it. How will you vote? Read more