On July 22, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it was seeking comment on a framework for a five-year, NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The plan, which will ultimately be submitted to Congress and is being generated with input from senior leadership and staff across NIH, is intended to “outline a set of unifying principles to guide NIH in pursuit of its mission” and “highlight major trans-NIH themes” in order to help advance the biomedical research enterprise.
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Warren K. Ashe, PhD, retired associate dean for research at Howard University and former PRIM&R Board member, passed away on July 26, 2015. He was 85.
Dr. Ashe had a self-described love affair with Howard University from childhood, when he dreamed of being involved in the medical school. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard, Dr. Ashe enlisted in the US Marines Corps. He remarked that the day he enlisted was both the best—and the worst—day of his life. “[The Marines] have a motto that I still remember. They say, ‘the difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little time.’…I live my life on that principle.”
After an honorable [...] Read more
This week’s Research Ethics Roundup reflects on the past by exploring revelations that the US government conducted race-based experiments on American troops and considers emerging issues such as China’s growing presence in biomedical research and the move toward single IRB review.
A Scientific Ethical Divide Between China and West: In this article for The New York Times, Didi Kirsten Tatlow explores some ethical concerns that have come to the fore amidst China’s efforts to “become a leader biomedical research.”
Please, Corporations, Experiment on Us: [...] Read more
Alan P. Wertheimer, PhD, senior research scholar in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and professor emeritus of political science at the University of Vermont (UVM), passed away on April 10, 2015.
Dr. Wertheimer was a respected leader and philosopher who made significant contributions to the field of research ethics. Much of his career, however, was spent in the field of political science. As an undergraduate student at New York University (NYU), Dr. Wertheimer took his first course in political philosophy, an experience that served as inspiration for his career. He completed his bachelor's degree at NYU in 1964, and went on to receive his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1968. From there, he [...] Read more
by Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, Executive Director, and Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Manager The biomedical research landscape has evolved dramatically since the publication of the federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in 1974. In particular, research with human subjects has become an increasingly complex endeavor in which multi-center rather than institution-based research is increasingly the norm. In light of this shift, it is sensible to consider whether an alternative structure for research review better safeguards the rights and welfare of research participants and lessens unnecessary administrative burdens. In December, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) took a step in this direction with the release of a draft policy aimed at reducing inefficiencies associated with [...] Read more