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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: 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Content type: Research article

    Informed consent as stipulated in regulatory human research guidelines requires that a volunteer is well-informed about what will happen to them in a trial. However researchers are faced with a challenge of ho...

    Authors: Agnes Ssali, Fiona Poland and Janet Seeley

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:86

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The increasing emphasis on research, development and innovation for health in providing solutions to the high burden of diseases in the African Region has warranted a proliferation of studies including clinica...

    Authors: Marion Motari, Martin Okechukwu Ota and Joses Muthuri Kirigia

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:82

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Community consultation is increasingly recommended, and in some cases, required by ethical review boards for research that involves higher levels of ethical risk such as international research and research wit...

    Authors: Leslie Shanks, Claudio Moroni, Isabel Cristina Rivera, Debbie Price, Sifa Banzira Clementine and Giovanni Pintaldi

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:38

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  10. Content type: Debate

    International partnerships in research are receiving ever greater attention, given that technology has diminished the restriction of geographical barriers with the effects of globalisation becoming more eviden...

    Authors: John D Chetwood, Nimzing G Ladep and Simon D Taylor-Robinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:36

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  11. Content type: Debate

    UK-based research conducted within a healthcare setting generally requires approval from the National Research Ethics Service. Research ethics committees are required to assess a vast range of proposals, diffe...

    Authors: Fiona A Stevenson, William Gibson, Caroline Pelletier, Vasiliki Chrysikou and Sophie Park

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:21

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  12. Content type: Research article

    As sharing and secondary research use of biospecimens increases, IRBs and researchers face the challenge of protecting and respecting donors without comprehensive regulations addressing the human subject prote...

    Authors: Aaron J Goldenberg, Karen J Maschke, Steven Joffe, Jeffrey R Botkin, Erin Rothwell, Thomas H Murray, Rebecca Anderson, Nicole Deming, Beth F Rosenthal and Suzanne M Rivera

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:32

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In an adaptive clinical trial (ACT), key trial characteristics may be altered during the course of the trial according to predefined rules in response to information that accumulates within the trial itself. I...

    Authors: Laurie J Legocki, William J Meurer, Shirley Frederiksen, Roger J Lewis, Valerie L Durkalski, Donald A Berry, William G Barsan and Michael D Fetters

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:27

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The provision of informed consent is a prerequisite for inclusion of a patient in a clinical research project. In some countries, the legislation on clinical research authorizes a third person to provide infor...

    Authors: Anne-Marie Mendyk, Julien Labreuche, Hilde Henon, Marie Girot, Charlotte Cordonnier, Alain Duhamel, Didier Leys and Régis Bordet

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:26

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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)

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