Hot Topics: Human Subjects Research & IRBs

Blog Posts (6)

March 26, 2015

Research 2.0: Rise of the Citizen-Scientist and the Death of Privacy

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

On Monday I attended a symposium on inter-professional education. During a session on new technologies in medicine (telemedicine, wearables, and mobile devices) I brought up the question of preserving privacy.…

August 1, 2014

Day or Night: Ethics Depends on Time

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Is that shirt the cashier forget to ring up a bonus or do you point out the oversight?…

July 29, 2014


“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”

“Yes,” said Arthur. “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.'”

                           –Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Any apologia for Facebook’s recent behavioral study has to address one issue head on: that of informed consent.…

July 1, 2014

Enter the Corporate Congress: SCOTUS & FACEBOOK

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

One of the facts that hiring managers are taught is that you can never ask a potential employee about their religion (among other protected areas) unless the candidate brings it up.…

May 9, 2014

Why vampires stay young

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In the world of fantasy, the vampire is known for its immortality. In most incarnations, the vampire lives forever in a youthful state by feeding on the blood of humans.…

November 15, 2013

Does Execution by Lethal Injection Violate the Ethics of Human Research?

by Arthur L. Caplan, PhD

The Governor of Ohio has been wrestling with the question of whether a prisoner soon to be executed can donate his organs. …

Published Articles (3)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 14 Issue 5 - May 2014

Fostering IRB Collaboration for Review of International Research Francis Barchi, Megan Kasimatis Singleton & Jon F. Merz

AJOB Primary Research: Volume 4 Issue 2 - Apr 2013

Views of IRBs Concerning Their Local Ecologies: Perceptions of Relationships, Systems, and Tensions Between IRBs and Their Institutions Robert Klitzman

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 12 Issue 1 - Jan 2012

Protecting Patient Privacy Redux: Response to Open Peer Commentaries on You Don't Know Me, But: Access to Patient Data and Subject Recruitment in Human Subjects Research Toby Schonfeld

News (198)

July 10, 2014 4:02 pm

Did Facebook and PNAS violate human research protections in an unethical experiment?

Whatever good and bad things about Facebook there are, however, there’s one thing that I never expected the company to be engaging in, and that’s unethical human subjects research.

April 2, 2014 2:17 pm

Guidance published on informing study participants about findings with potential health implications

In the course of a study involving human participants, it is possible that researchers may make a finding that has potential health or reproductive implications for an individual participant.

March 3, 2014 4:08 pm

Women Still Left Out of Medical Research: Report

Two decades after the passage of a landmark law mandating that women be represented in government-funded medical research, a new report reveals that the world of science is still ignoring women’s unique health issues far more than it should.

August 26, 2013 12:56 pm

Reporting to NIH on Race and Ethnicity of Clinical Research Participants

The inclusion of women, different racial and ethnic groups, and children is extremely important in clinical research to understand who is affected by a given disease or condition and to develop the appropriate treatments.

March 20, 2013 5:51 pm

Stanford bioethicist speaks out about layers of stem cell regulations

Stanford bioethicist Hank Greely, JD, spoke out in an article in Nature exploring whether all these layers of approval are really still necessary.

March 7, 2013 12:19 pm

Time to ditch stand-alone stem cell oversight panels, experts say (Nature Medicine)

The vital role ESCROs have played in recent years can now be taken over by IRBs and IACUCs—both of which have existed at universities and research institutions for decades. Those two review bodies would only have to expand their remits slightly to cover hESC-specific considerations.

April 10, 2012 12:18 pm

'Benefits and burdens' of participating in clinical research trials (News-Medical)

In one of the first studies of its kind, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing researchers have identified what cancer patients consider the “benefits and burdens” of participating in clinical research trials. From their findings, the researchers developed a model of the five elements of decision-making (physical, psychological, economic, familial, and social) that patients with cancer use to determine whether to participate or remain in a clinical trial.

January 18, 2012 12:00 am

Fines expose failings in policing of Indian drug trials

June 23, 2010 12:00 am

EPA Reverses Controversial ?Human Guinea Pig? Rule

June 22, 2010 12:00 am

Concern Over Foreign Trials for Drugs Sold in U.S.

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