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by Susan Gilbert, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at The Hastings Center

A curious aspect of the debate over the use of animals in research is that the two “sides” see themselves as making different kinds of arguments when in fact they have some fundamental similarities. For example, a recent post in Ampersand discussed the line between emotions and fact in debates over the use of animals in research. It referred to the keynote speech given by Allyson Bennett, PhD, at the 2013 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ConferenceRead more


by David Perlman, PhD, President & Founder of E4-Eclipse Ethics Education Enterprises, LLC

I borrowed the title of this blog post from Nancy Berlinger, PhD, at the Hastings Center. Every spring, before the summer season, she writes a post for the Hastings Center Bioethics Forum about works of fiction that tackle ethical issues in research and medicine.

Bioethics as entertainment is nothing new. My personal Top 10 List of films, books, and television programs show research gone awry is:

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by Megan Hayes Mahoney, Visiting Digital Library Research Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In 2010, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) began work on a multi-year project designed to make ethics information and training resources readily accessible to those working in the fields of science and engineering. PRIM&R was honored to be a part of the effort, which was supported by a grant awarded to UIUC by the National Science Foundation (NSF). PRIM&R contributed encyclopedia entries for commonly used terms in human subjects and animal research, as well as a listing of exemplary research forms, policies, manuals, and checklists related [...] Read more


Laura Stark, PhD, serves as an assistant professor of medicine, health and society at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on medicine, morality, and the modern state. Her recent publication, Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research, explores the development of human subjects protections regulations and the manner in which these rules are played out within institutional review boards (IRBs) today. Stark will be onsite at the 2012 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference to lead a research ethics book group lunch and sign books on Wednesday, December 5. Leading up to her talk, Stark will be sharing a series of blog posts [...] Read more


by Henry Silverman, MD, MA, professor of medicine, chair of the ethics advisory committee, and director of the Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

For more than 10 years, the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded several educational programs that aim to strengthen research bioethics expertise in in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Such programs offer intensive education on research ethics to in-country academics who then can enhance local ethics review of research, develop [...] Read more