What were you reading in 2015? Highlights from the PRIM&R Member Newsletter

Every month PRIM&R features a series of articles from academic journals, popular media, and other outlets in the PRIM&R Member Newsletter. As we begin 2016, we look back at some of the most popular stories from 2015. From conflicts of interest to changes to the Common Rule, these articles reflect the major issues, questions, and topics faced by the research ethics community over the past year.

January:Patients Seek ‘Right to Try’ New DrugsThe New York Times

February (2):What Does the Common Rule Have to Do With CIA Interrogations?Quorum Blog and “Look to Animals to Cure EbolaThe Baltimore Sun

March:Human Subjects Protections Under Fire at the University of MinnesotaScienceInsider

April:Have Research Ethics Committees Got It Wrong? A New Study Looks at What Participants in Medical Research Actually WantHuffington Post

May (2):Addiction Research and Care Collide With Federal Privacy RulesThe New York Times and “Apple Has Plans for Your DNAMIT Technology Review

June:Are Financial Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research Overblown?New Republic

July (2):Conflicts of Interest on Institutional Review Boards Remain ProblematicThe Wall Street Journal Pharmalot and “What Should Investigators Be Doing with Unexpected Findings in Brain Imaging Research? Journal of Medical Ethics Blog

August:The Moral Imperative for Bioethics” The Boston Globe (Read PRIM&R’s response to this editorial.

September:A Scientific Look at Bad ScienceThe Atlantic

October:Ethical issues surround plans for U.K. womb transplantsCBS News

November:FDA approves Amgen drug that uses herpes as a Trojan horse to destroy melanoma cellsU.S. News & World Report

December (2):Bacteria on the BrainThe New Yorker and “A Controversial Rewrite For Rules To Protect Humans In ExperimentsNPR [This second article features comments from PRIM&R’s Executive Director, Elisa A. Hurley, PhD. ]

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