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BMC Medical Ethics

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. Content type: Research article

    Compensation for research related injuries is a subject that is increasingly gaining traction in developing countries which are burgeoning destinations of multi center research. However, the existence of dispa...

    Authors: George Rugare Chingarande and Keymanthri Moodley

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:8

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  2. Content type: Debate

    The participation of vulnerable patients in clinical research poses apparent ethical dilemmas. Depending on the nature of the vulnerability, their participation may challenge the ethical principles of autonomy...

    Authors: Gert J. van der Wilt, Janneke P. C. Grutters, Angela H. E. M. Maas and Herbert J. A. Rolden

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:5

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  3. Content type: Debate

    Fake news and alternative facts have become commonplace in these so-called “post-factual times.” What about medical research - are scientific facts fake as well? Many recent disclosures have fueled the claim t...

    Authors: Bjørn Hofmann

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2018 19:4

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  4. Content type: Research article

    For valid informed consent, it is crucial that patients or research participants fully understand all that their consent entails. Testing and revising informed consent documents with the assistance of their ad...

    Authors: Sabine Bossert, Hannes Kahrass, Ulrike Heinemeyer, Jana Prokein and Daniel Strech

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:78

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Community engagement (CE) models have provided much needed guidance for researchers to conceptualise and design engagement strategies for research projects. Most of the published strategies, however, still sho...

    Authors: Rosemary Musesengwa and Moses J. Chimbari

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:76

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  6. Content type: Debate

    The use of tissue collected at a forensic post-mortem for forensic genetics research purposes remains of ethical concern as the process involves obtaining informed consent from grieving family members. Two for...

    Authors: Laura J. Heathfield, Sairita Maistry, Lorna J. Martin, Raj Ramesar and Jantina de Vries

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:66

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  7. Content type: Research article

    As part of the preparations to establish a population-based biobank in a large Israeli health organization, we aimed to investigate through focus groups the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of insured Isra...

    Authors: Gideon Koren, Daniella Beller, Daphna Laifenfeld, Iris Grossman and Varda Shalev

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:63

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) is a set of technologies that are of increasing interest to researchers. BCI has been proposed as assistive technology for individuals who are non-communicative or paralyzed, suc...

    Authors: Sasha Burwell, Matthew Sample and Eric Racine

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:60

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Protecting human subjects from being exploited is one of the main ethical challenges for clinical research. However, there is also a responsibility to protect and respect the communities who are hosting the re...

    Authors: Sanna-Maria Nurmi, Arja Halkoaho, Mari Kangasniemi and Anna-Maija Pietilä

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:57

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The increased use of information technology in every day health care creates vast amounts of stored health data that can be used for research. The secondary research use of routinely collected data raises ques...

    Authors: Thomas Ploug and Søren Holm

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:51

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The informed-consent process should be one of meaningful information exchange between researchers and study participants. One of the responsibilities of research ethics committees is to oversee appropriate inf...

    Authors: Pornpimon Adams, Sukanya Prakobtham, Chanthima Limpattaracharoen, Sumeth Suebtrakul, Pitchapa Vutikes, Srisin Khusmith, Polrat Wilairatana, Paul Adams and Jaranit Kaewkungwal

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:50

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  12. Content type: Research article

    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, ...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:44

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  13. Content type: Debate

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:43

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

  14. Content type: Debate

    Ethical issues related to comparative effectiveness research, or research that compares existing standards of care, have recently received considerable attention. In this paper we focus on how Ethics Review Commi...

    Authors: Reidar K. Lie, Francis K.L. Chan, Christine Grady, Vincent H. Ng and David Wendler

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:42

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is reportedly the most effective therapy for relapsing Clostridium Difficile infection (CDI) and a potential therapeutic option for many diseases. It also poses important et...

    Authors: Yonghui Ma, Jinqiu Yang, Bota Cui, Hongzhi Xu, Chuanxing Xiao and Faming Zhang

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:39

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  16. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:36

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    1.618 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.940 - 5-year Impact Factor
    0.938 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
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