Since the launch of People and Perspectives (P&P) in 2013, we have interviewed a variety of individuals, from the founders of the research ethics field to those who have only been in it for a few years. But one thing we ask most of them is, "what do you think the general public needs to know about research?" Though their responses are different, many reference a common theme: people need to understand why research matters to them. (more…) Read more
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by Nicholas Spetko, Membership Services Intern
The portrayal of scientific research and research ethics in popular media can offer considerable insight. To reflect on some of the lessons offered, PRIM&R staff have spent the summer reading and watching classic books, movies, and television shows that have generated conversation and debate around issues related to research ethics. Over the next several weeks, they will share their reflections here, so join us as we explore popular representations of the research world.
In this week’s installment of our summer series looking at depictions of research ethics [...] Read more
by Joan Rachlin, JD, MPH, Executive Director
Among the many topics that will be presented and discussed at the 2013 Advancing Ethical Research Conference is the ubiquitous issue of data transparency. Some of the most hotly debated questions making the research ethics rounds include who should interpret, distribute, review, and receive data, and with good reason. From WikiLeaks to National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblowers, and all other manner and [...] Read more
by Maeve Luthin, JD, Project Coordinator
It’s been a busy two weeks in the research ethics world! Grab some iced coffee and take some time to catch up with current events.
Dirty Medicine: Earlier this month, generic drug manufacturer Ranbaxy pled guilty to federal criminal charges of selling adulterated drugs with the [...] Read more
by Joan Rachlin, Executive Director
Today marks one month since the heartbreaking and horrific Marathon bombings here in Boston. Some things in the city remain unchanged: the ubiquitous springtime walks for worthy charities and important organizations are taking place—safely—each weekend, U-Haul and Budget trucks clog the streets in neighborhoods with high student density as college kids decamp for home and/or jobs elsewhere, and white sails are starting to dot the Charles River.
A lot of things are different, though, from that bright Marathon-morning when the trees were still bare, and excitement and energy were in [...] Read more