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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Content type: Research article

    Community engagement has been recognised as an important aspect of the ethical conduct of biomedical research, especially when research is focused on ethnically or culturally distinct populations. While this i...

    Authors: Paulina Tindana, Jantina de Vries, Megan Campbell, Katherine Littler, Janet Seeley, Patricia Marshall, Jennifer Troyer, Morisola Ogundipe, Vincent Pius Alibu, Aminu Yakubu and Michael Parker

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:24

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  10. Content type: Debate

    In 2008, researchers reported that Timothy Brown (the ‘Berlin Patient’), a man with HIV infection and leukemia, received a stem-cell transplant that removed HIV from his body as far as can be detected. In 2013...

    Authors: Stuart Rennie, Mark Siedner, Joseph D Tucker and Keymanthri Moodley

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2015 16:18

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  11. Content type: Debate

    This article outlines procedures for the feedback of individual research data to participants. This feedback framework was developed in the context of a personalized medicine research project in Canada. Resear...

    Authors: Adrian Thorogood, Yann Joly, Bartha Maria Knoppers, Tommy Nilsson, Peter Metrakos, Anthoula Lazaris and Ayat Salman

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:88

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Submission of study protocols to research ethics committees (RECs) constitutes one of the earliest stages at which planned trials are documented in detail. Previous studies have investigated the amendments req...

    Authors: Marlies van Lent, Gerard A Rongen and Henk J Out

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:83

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  13. Content type: Research article

    For many decades, access to human biological samples, such as cells, tissues, organs, blood, and sub-cellular materials such as DNA, for use in biomedical research, has been central in understanding the nature...

    Authors: Paulina Tindana, Catherine S Molyneux, Susan Bull and Michael Parker

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:76

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The pursuit of unproven stem cell-based interventions (“stem cell tourism”) is an emerging issue that raises various concerns. Physicians play different roles in this market, many of which engage their legal, ...

    Authors: Amy Zarzeczny and Marianne Clark

    Citation: BMC Medical Ethics 2014 15:75

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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 
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    1126.5 Usage Factor

    Social Media Impact
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