Tag: research ethics

Blog Posts (43)

June 15, 2015

Welcoming the Concept of Alief to Medical Ethics

Welcoming the Concept of Alief to Medical Ethics

 by J.S. Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D.

Philosopher Tamar Gendler has introduced (circa 2008) a new concept in the philosophical literature that could be of interest to medical ethicists.…

April 19, 2013

John Lantos, MD weighs in on the SUPPORT study

David Magnus, Ph.D.

John Lantos, MD weighs in on the SUPPORT study. He points out that the work of self-appointed “watch-dogs” such as Public Citizen and the Alliance for Human Research Protection are a danger to bioethics.…

April 18, 2013

NEJM Responses to the support controversy

David Magnus, Ph.D.

The New England Journal of Medicine ‘s web site has the early publication of an editorial about the controversy over the SUPPORT study of oxygen saturation levels in premature infants.…

April 4, 2013

Check out the April 2013 issue of AJOB!



February 19, 2013

"Innovative Treatment" vs Research: Which Is It?

Maurice Bernstein, M.D.

When does a doctor’s treatment of a patient become medical or surgical research? If what the doctor does is a standard and accepted method of therapy using proven medications or surgical techniques and represents nothing novel then at first glance what is occurring cannot be designated as research or can it?

December 14, 2012

Operation Delirium

Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.

Joining the long line of examples of concerning human subjects research experiments is a profile in The New Yorker (December 17).…

September 1, 2012

AJOB's September Issue is Here!

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February 10, 2012

Is Hope a Culprit in Cancer Clinical Trials?

A recent study conducted by Emory University School of Medicine found that therapeutic misconception is alive and well in Phase I cancer research.…

November 3, 2011

November Issue of AJOB is Now Available Online!

This month’s issue of The American Journal of Bioethics is now available online. Research ethics is featured prominently in this issue with Rosamond Rhodes et al arguing for a new category of research risk and an article about the recruitment of research participants.…

October 4, 2011

A Duty to Report Dead Ends?

When an investigational agent is being studied by pharma, is there an ethical responsibility to disclose the findings of that research, even if the agent is no longer being studied or being brought to market?…

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Published Articles (42)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 9 - Sep 2015

Patient Perspectives on the Learning Health System: The Importance of Trust and Shared Decision Making Maureen Kelley, Cyan James, Stephanie Alessi Kraft, Diane Korngiebel, Isabelle Wijangco, Emily Rosenthal, Steven Joffe, Mildred K. Cho, Benjamin Wilfond & Sandra Soo-Jin Lee

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 9 - Sep 2015

Prudentia Populo: Involving the Community in Biobank Governance Megan A. Allyse, Jennifer B. McCormick & Richard R. Sharp

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 4 - Apr 2015

Examining the Ethics of Clinical Use of Unproven Interventions Outside of Clinical Trials During the Ebola Epidemic Seema K. Shah, David Wendler & Marion Danis

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 4 - Apr 2015

Selecting the Right Tool For the Job Arthur L. Caplan, Carolyn Plunkett & Bruce Levin

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 15 Issue 3 - Mar 2015

The Social Determinants of Health: Why Should We Care? Adina Preda & Kristin Voigt

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 12 - Dec 2014

Shared Vulnerabilities in Research Eric Chwang

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 11 Issue 11 - Nov 2011

“You Don't Know Me, But …”: Access to Patient Data and Subject Recruitment in Human Subjects Research Toby Schonfeld, Joseph S. Brown, N. Jean Amoura & Bruce Gordon

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 11 - Nov 2014

Ethical Justifications for Access to Unapproved Medical Interventions: An Argument for (Limited) Patient Obligations Mary Jean Walker, Wendy A. Rogers & Vikki Entwistle

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 11 - Nov 2014

Compassion and Research in Compassionate Use David Magnus

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 10 - Oct 2014

Case Study: Ethical Implications of Social Media in Health Care Research Holly A. Taylor, Ellen Kuwana & Benjamin S. Wilfond

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News (111)

August 9, 2016 8:00 am

Beyond CRISPR: A guide to the many other ways to edit a genome (Nature)

The CRISPR–Cas9 tool enables scientists to alter genomes practically at will. Hailed as dramatically easier, cheaper and more versatile than previous technologies, it has blazed through labs around the world, finding new applications in medicine and basic research.

August 8, 2016 11:58 am

NIH Plans To Lift Ban On Research Funds For Part-Human, Part-Animal Embryos (NPR)

The federal government announced plans Thursday to lift a moratorium on funding of certain controversial experiments that use human stem cells to create animal embryos that are partly human.

August 5, 2016 12:19 pm

Medical Studies Involving Children Often Go Unpublished (NPR)

Many medical studies involving children never end up being put to use because scientists frequently don’t publish the results of their work, according to an analysis published online Thursday.

August 3, 2016 8:00 am

Young blood antiaging trial raises questions (Science)

It was one of the most mind-bending scientific reports in 2014: Injecting old mice with the plasma portion of blood from young mice seemed to improve the elderly rodents’ memory and ability to learn. Inspired by such findings, a startup company has now launched the first clinical trial in the United States to test the antiaging benefits of young blood in relatively healthy people. But there’s a big caveat: It’s a pay-to-participate trial, a type that has raised ethical concerns before, most recently in the stem cell field.

March 17, 2016 9:00 am

Scientists Grow "Dinosaur Legs" in Chicken Embryos

It’s said that dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, but we technically still have dinosaurs running around Earth today (or at least their descendants). Modern-day birds evolved from certain species of dinosaurs, and now scientists have used birds to bring a little piece of the dinosaurs back. In a study published in Evolution, researchers announced that they had successfully grown “dinosaur legs” in chicken embryos.

March 15, 2016 9:00 am

Should All Research Papers Be Free?

Drawing comparisons to Edward Snowden, a graduate student from Kazakhstan named Alexandra Elbakyan is believed to be hiding out in Russia after illegally leaking millions of documents. While she didn’t reveal state secrets, she took a stand for the public’s right to know by providing free online access to just about every scientific paper ever published, on topics ranging from acoustics to zymology.

April 30, 2015 6:31 pm

Withholding results from clinical trials is unethical, says WHO

The movement to ensure that clinical trial results don’t end up in drawers has found an important global ally. Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a call to make results from every clinical study publicly available within a year. Not doing so can harm patients and research subjects, waste time and money, and hold back medical science, WHO says.

March 30, 2015 6:57 pm

Grants help level the playing field for young moms in science

Thanks to a generous benefactor, young mothers doing laboratory research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston can receive major grants to keep them from falling behind while they raise their children.

March 18, 2015 1:49 pm

Build it (an easy way to join research studies) and the volunteers will come

Just nine days after the launch of Stanford Medicine’s MyHeart Counts iPhone app, 27,836 people have consented to participate in this research study on cardiovascular health.
February 2, 2015 2:49 pm

The new scientific revolution: Reproducibility at last

Diederik Stapel, a professor of social psychology in the Netherlands, had been a rock-star scientist — regularly appearing on television and publishing in top journals. Among his striking discoveries was that people exposed to litter and abandoned objects are more likely to be bigoted.

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