Skip to main content

Should we take the moral concerns of biobank donors seriously?

February 17, 2016

Biobanking is becoming an increasingly important component of genomic and medical research. President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative ― which proposes the collection of genetic and clinical data for upwards of 1 million Americans ― is just one example of this trend in medical science.  Because biobanks depend upon donations from a willing public, it is important that potential … Read more

Join the Conquest

February 17, 2016

Clinical trial recruitment is in crisis. The public typically encounters clinical trial information in controversies or study-specific recruitment ads, which limits full understanding. To help address the national clinical trial recruitment crisis, researchers at UNC-CH used the social marketing approach to develop an evidence-based, online clinical research website and registry called Join the Conquest. This … Read more

The living and the dead

January 13, 2016

Susan E. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she is the chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics. A historian of American medicine, she has written extensively on the history of animal and human … Read more

Playing doctor

January 11, 2016

Robert Turell Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. UNC-Duke Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor, Spring 2016. More information about the Bullitt History of Medicine Club

Rules, rebels and scientific integrity

October 22, 2015

Most courses and texts on the responsible conduct of research imply that the professional ethical norms they teach also facilitate the best science. But we love rule—breakers, rebels, and “disruptive” innovators in science. What is the relation between the ethical values behind concern s over scientific misconduct and the intellectual virtues we praise in creative … Read more

Handling research animal ethics

October 21, 2015

Research on animal welfare is organized around a distinction between the care of animals and their use in experiments. Nicole Nelson draws on ethnographic fieldwork in a behavioral neuroscience laboratory to complicate this presumed division between science and welfare. Using the case study of animal handling, she explores how scientists use animal welfare concepts to … Read more