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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: Debate

    Pediatric biobanking is considered important for generating biomedical knowledge and improving (pediatric) health care. However, the inclusion of children’s samples in biobanks involves specific ethical issues...

    Authors: Noor A. A. Giesbertz, Karen Melham, Jane Kaye, Johannes J. M. van Delden and Annelien L. Bredenoord

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:59

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Returning neuroimaging incidental findings (IF) may create a challenge to research participants’ health literacy skills as they must interpret and make appropriate healthcare decisions based on complex radiolo...

    Authors: Caitlin E. Rancher, Jody M. Shoemaker, Linda E. Petree, Mark Holdsworth, John P. Phillips and Deborah L. Helitzer

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:58

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Biobanks are precariously situated at the intersection of science, genetics, genomics, society, ethics, the law and politics. This multi-disciplinarity has given rise to a new discourse in health research invo...

    Authors: Keymanthri Moodley and Shenuka Singh

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:57

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  4. Content type: Research article

    As in other countries, the traditional doctor-patient relationship in the Japanese healthcare system has often been characterised as being of a paternalistic nature. However, in recent years there has been a g...

    Authors: Victoria Coathup, Harriet J. A. Teare, Jusaku Minari, Go Yoshizawa, Jane Kaye, Masanori P. Takahashi and Kazuto Kato

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:51

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Maximizing comprehension is a major challenge for informed consent processes in low-literacy and resource-limited settings. Application of rapid qualitative assessments to improve the informed consent process ...

    Authors: Adamu Addissie, Serebe Abay, Yeweyenhareg Feleke, Melanie Newport, Bobbie Farsides and Gail Davey

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:40

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Research ethics review is a critical aspect of the research governance framework for human subjects research. This usually requires that research protocols be submitted to a research ethics committee (REC) for...

    Authors: Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem-Boyer, Nchangwi Syntia Munung and Godfrey B. Tangwa

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:27

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The ethical concerns associated with HIV prevention and treatment research have been widely explored in South Africa over the past 3 decades. However, HIV cure research is relatively new to the region and sign...

    Authors: Keymanthri Moodley, Theresa Rossouw, Ciara Staunton and Christopher J. Colvin

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:26

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  8. Content type: Research article

    In research ethics, the most basic question would always be, “which is an ethical issue, which is not?” Interestingly, depending on which ethics guideline we consult, we may have various answers to this questi...

    Authors: Rosemarie D. L. C. Bernabe, Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel and Johannes J. M. van Delden

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:23

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In specific situations it may be necessary to make an exception to the general rule of informed consent for scientific research with an intervention. Earlier reviews only described subsets of arguments for exc...

    Authors: Susanne Rebers, Neil K. Aaronson, Flora E. van Leeuwen and Marjanka K. Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:9

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  10. Content type: Debate

    Depressive disorders are a common form of psychiatric illness and cause significant disability. Regulation authorities, the medical profession and the public require high safety standards for antidepressants t...

    Authors: Melvyn W. Zhang, Keith M. Harris and Roger C. Ho

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:4

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Genealogical research and ancestry testing are popular recreational activities but little is known about the impact of the use of these services on clients’ biological and social families. Ancestry databases a...

    Authors: Susan E. Wallace, Elli G. Gourna, Viktoriya Nikolova and Nuala A. Sheehan

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:87

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2016 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.618 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.940 - 5-year Impact Factor
    0.938 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.731 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

    Usage 
    371,299 downloads
    1126.5 Usage Factor

    Social Media Impact
    124 mentions

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