What We Have Already and Have Still to Learn from Historical Unethical Research

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Current public health policies are inherently influenced by a case-based infrastructure. But what is lost and what is gained by bioethical policies that are generally reactionary? What can we learn from worst-case historical scenarios that seem inconceivable in our current human subjects research environment? This discussion will analyze the value of historical violations of research ethics in encouraging compliance with the spirit as well as letter of the law, in addition to informing actions in the space in which something may be legal but unethical.
Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, M.Bioethics
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at University of Michigan
Recorded November 11, 2015

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