Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, is director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. She was co-recipient of PRIM&R’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 with her husband, Tom L. Beauchamp.
When I was pregnant with my first child more than 30 years ago, I developed a serious medical problem (deep vein thrombosis) and was put on heparin, a blood thinner. With every injection, I worried about whether I was doing the right thing, [...] Read more
by Wendy Tate, PSM, CIP
By this time almost everyone is familiar with the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) that recommends vast changes to the human subject regulations known as the “Common Rule.” As I read the memorandum, table of changes, and 92-page document, one thing kept popping into my mind: What about the subparts?
Being “in the trenches” at a university that supports both medical and social/behavioral research, I find it frustrating to apply subpart B (research involving pregnant women) to non-biomedical research and/or minimal risk biomedical research. Granted, subpart B is not technically part of the “Common Rule,” and as such is not included in the recent ANPRM. [...] Read more