Punxsutawney Phil predicted that spring will come early this year, so to celebrate we’ve brought together the latest stories in the world of research ethics! In this Research Ethics Roundup installment, learn about burgeoning discussion of the use of placebos in developing countries, recent reports of government agencies funding redundant protocols, and much more!
Ethical controversy in human subjects research: The use of placebo as a control in clinical trials is typically considered unethical if an effective treatment for the condition under study already exists. However, in resource-scarce countries, individuals outside of clinical trials may not have access to those treatments. This blog post from Ruth [...] Read more
Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian (Chris) Newcomer, VMD, MS, DACLAM, who is a recent addition to PRIM&R’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Newcomer is the executive director of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC International) and has participated in AAALAC’s review activities for the past 27 years. Prior to his appointment at AAALAC International, he held academic and leadership positions in laboratory animal medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of [...] Read more
Winter is here in full force, so if you've been looking for an excuse to stay out of the cold, look no further! Our latest Research Ethics Roundup features articles on red-hot topics in research, from rising concerns over insider trading to defending research with animals, so cozy up next to the fire and dig in!
40 years after Tuskegee: Reuniting medical research and practice: This [...] Read more
2013 is here, and what better way to kick off the New Year than with a brand new Research Ethics Roundup? In this installment, we take a look at the unprecedented rise of opiate painkiller prescriptions, the discrepancy between perceived and actual safety levels in laboratories, an international controversy over genetically modified foods used to fight pediatric malnutrition, and more!
‘Rehab’ helps errant researchers return to the lab: Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research (RePAIR), a program at Saint Louis University, seeks to rehabilitate researchers who have sullied their ethical records. With the help of a sizable grant from the National Institutes of Health, RePAIR has developed a [...] Read more
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so before you start stuffing turkeys and mashing potatoes, take a moment to check out this week’s Research Ethics Roundup. The latest installment of our biweekly series features articles on a range of issues, including recent debate over the use of newborn blood samples, challenges to improving research in Nigeria, and more.
A collective effort to save decades of research as the water rose: Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast last month, leaving a large portion of New York City underwater, without power, or both. The massive outpouring of support offered to researchers and institutions affected by the [...] Read more