The much-anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking—offering the first changes to the Common Rule since its publication in 1991—has now been released. in the interest of providing PRIM&R’s community with as much exposure to the issues raised within it, and the writing and scholarship around the proposed rules changes, PRIM&R and other organizations are cross-posting their thoughts. This post, from Dr. Celia B. Fisher at Fordham University, focuses on the proposed changes to minimal risk. It originally appeared on Ethics & Society, the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education blog.
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If you were to reflect on important events that occurred in 1966, a legal decision handed down that year had such impact as to influence the conduct of our society every day thereafter. History buffs may think I’m referring to the Supreme Court decision in the case of Miranda v. Arizona which protected the rights of the accused, and introduced the Miranda warning. While this was undeniably monumental and provided necessary protections within the criminal justice system, it was not the only important safeguard measure enacted that year. For animals, the critically significant Read more
To fulfill ethical requirements, each year, millions of people (Krall, 2009) engage in an informed consent discussion before joining clinical trials, weighing both possible risks and benefits of the trial participation when making their choice to take part in the proposed study Read more
Earlier this year, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released the second part of its report on neuroscience and ethics—Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society (Gray Matters, Vol. 2). The report examines in depth several controversial topics that bring ethical issues to the fore, including cognitive enhancement, neuroscience and the law, and the ethical conduct of research with participants with impaired capacity for informed consent. Read more
By Angela Craig, DVM, lab animal veterinarian and institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) member at the University of Minnesota
Each of us has a unique path that brought us to our career in laboratory animal care and use. I started my career in laboratory animal medicine twenty years ago as a member of the husbandry staff. I enjoyed the close connection I made with the animals under my care, and I understood that they depended on me for their basic needs. I further realized how the scientific discoveries unfolding were dependent on physically and psychologically healthy animals. When you feel deeply invested in the work you do, it is natural [...] Read more