Ethics in Biomedical Research

Section edited by Beatrice Godard and Anita Ho

This section will include manuscripts that consider ethical aspects of research in biological and medical sciences, as well as ethical implications of new technologies, -omics research, and human  enhancement. Manuscripts addressing researcher behavior are also welcome in this section.

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  1. Research article

    Familiar ethical issues amplified: how members of research ethics committees describe ethical distinctions between disaster and non-disaster research

    The conduct of research in settings affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes is challenging, particularly when infrastructures and resources were already limited pre-disaster. However, ...

    Catherine M. Tansey, James Anderson, Renaud F. Boulanger, Lisa Eckenwiler, John Pringle, Lisa Schwartz and Matthew Hunt

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:44

    Published on: 28 June 2017

  2. Debate

    Ethics review of studies during public health emergencies - the experience of the WHO ethics review committee during the Ebola virus disease epidemic

    Between 2013 and 2016, West Africa experienced the largest ever outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease. In the absence of registered treatments or vaccines to control this lethal disease, the World Health Organizatio...

    Emilie Alirol, Annette C. Kuesel, Maria Magdalena Guraiib, Vânia de la Fuente-Núñez, Abha Saxena and Melba F. Gomes

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:43

    Published on: 26 June 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:45

  3. Research Article

    Written versus verbal consent: a qualitative study of stakeholder views of consent procedures used at the time of recruitment into a peripartum trial conducted in an emergency setting

    Obtaining prospective written consent from women to participate in trials when they are experiencing an obstetric emergency is challenging. Alternative consent pathways, such as gaining verbal consent at enrol...

    J. Lawton, N. Hallowell, C. Snowdon, J. E. Norman, K. Carruthers and F. C. Denison

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:36

    Published on: 24 May 2017

  4. Research article

    The Picture Talk Project: Starting a Conversation with Community Leaders on Research with Remote Aboriginal Communities of Australia

    Researchers are required to seek consent from Indigenous communities prior to conducting research but there is inadequate information about how Indigenous people understand and become fully engaged with this c...

    E.F.M. Fitzpatrick, G. Macdonald, A.L.C. Martiniuk, H. D’Antoine, J. Oscar, M. Carter, T. Lawford and E.J. Elliott

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:34

    Published on: 11 May 2017

  5. Research article

    Assessment of knowledge about biobanking among healthcare students and their willingness to donate biospecimens

    Biobanks and biospecimen collections are becoming a primary means of delivering personalized diagnostics and tailoring individualized therapeutics. This shift towards precision medicine (PM) requires interacti...

    Leena Merdad, Lama Aldakhil, Rawan Gadi, Mourad Assidi, Salina Y. Saddick, Adel Abuzenadah, Jim Vaught, Abdelbaset Buhmeida and Mohammed H. Al-Qahtani

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:32

    Published on: 2 May 2017

  6. Debate

    Ethics of health research with prisoners in Canada

    Despite the growing recognition for the need to improve the health of prisoners in Canada and the need for health research, there has been little discussion of the ethical issues with regards to health researc...

    Diego S. Silva, Flora I. Matheson and James V. Lavery

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:31

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  7. Research article

    Ethical framework for the detection, management and communication of incidental findings in imaging studies, building on an interview study of researchers’ practices and perspectives

    As thousands of healthy research participants are being included in small and large imaging studies, it is essential that dilemmas raised by the detection of incidental findings are adequately handled. Current...

    Eline M. Bunnik, Lisa van Bodegom, Wim Pinxten, Inez D. de Beaufort and Meike W. Vernooij

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:10

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Regulation of genomic and biobanking research in Africa: a content analysis of ethics guidelines, policies and procedures from 22 African countries

    The introduction of genomics and biobanking methodologies to the African research context has also introduced novel ways of doing science, based on values of sharing and reuse of data and samples. This shift r...

    Jantina de Vries, Syntia Nchangwi Munung, Alice Matimba, Sheryl McCurdy, Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem-Boyer, Ciara Staunton, Aminu Yakubu and Paulina Tindana

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:8

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Dynamic Consent: a potential solution to some of the challenges of modern biomedical research

    Innovations in technology have contributed to rapid changes in the way that modern biomedical research is carried out. Researchers are increasingly required to endorse adaptive and flexible approaches to accom...

    Isabelle Budin-Ljøsne, Harriet J. A. Teare, Jane Kaye, Stephan Beck, Heidi Beate Bentzen, Luciana Caenazzo, Clive Collett, Flavio D’Abramo, Heike Felzmann, Teresa Finlay, Muhammad Kassim Javaid, Erica Jones, Višnja Katić, Amy Simpson and Deborah Mascalzoni

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:4

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  10. Debate

    Navigating social and ethical challenges of biobanking for human microbiome research

    Biobanks are considered to be key infrastructures for research development and have generated a lot of debate about their ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI). While the focus has been on human genomi...

    Kim H. Chuong, David M. Hwang, D. Elizabeth Tullis, Valerie J. Waters, Yvonne C. W. Yau, David S. Guttman and Kieran C. O’Doherty

    BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:1

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Seeking consent for research with indigenous communities: a systematic review

    When conducting research with Indigenous populations consent should be sought from both individual participants and the local community. We aimed to search and summarise the literature about methods for seekin...

    Emily F. M. Fitzpatrick, Alexandra L. C. Martiniuk, Heather D’Antoine, June Oscar, Maureen Carter and Elizabeth J. Elliott

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:65

    Published on: 22 October 2016

  12. Research article

    Communicating BRCA research results to patients enrolled in international clinical trials: lessons learnt from the AGO-OVAR 16 study

    The focus on translational research in clinical trials has the potential to generate clinically relevant genetic data that could have importance to patients. This raises challenging questions about communicati...

    David J. Pulford, Philipp Harter, Anne Floquet, Catherine Barrett, Dong Hoon Suh, Michael Friedlander, José Angel Arranz, Kosei Hasegawa, Hiroomi Tada, Peter Vuylsteke, Mansoor R. Mirza, Nicoletta Donadello, Giovanni Scambia, Toby Johnson, Charles Cox, John K. Chan…

    BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:63

    Published on: 21 October 2016

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