The blog of the 2009 – 2017 Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Monthly Archives: March, 2013

Revisiting Research Ethics

In its most recent report, Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) builds on its prior work concerning human subjects research protections.  In November 2010, President Obama charged the Bioethics Commission to conduct a thorough review of current protections for research participants.  The Bioethics […]

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Core Principles in Safeguarding Children

In 1978 the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (the National Commission) published the Belmont Report, which established the three central principles of human subjects research protections—respect for persons, beneficence, and justice—and implicitly endorsed a fourth principle, democratic deliberation. These foundational principles guided the Presidential Commission for the […]

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What Is “Minimal Risk” For Research with Children?

Conducting clinical research with children is necessary to ensure that children are prescribed safe and effective medications.  However, children are legally prohibited and ethically unable to consent to clinical research.  As a result, clinical research with children requires more careful ethical analysis and oversight. According to federal regulation, clinical research with children is generally acceptable […]

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What are Medical Countermeasures?

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) recently published a report, Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research, addressing the ethical considerations in conducting clinical trials of medical countermeasures (MCMs) with children. The Bioethics Commission received its charge for this report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, […]

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Multiple steps must be taken before ethical pediatric anthrax vaccine trials can be considered

Today the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues concluded that the federal government would have to take multiple steps, including additional research in adults, before anthrax vaccine trials with children could be ethically considered by the U.S. government.  In its report released today, Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research, the Bioethics Commission responded to […]

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Privacy and Progress Inspires California Genetic Information Privacy Bill

In February 2013, California State Senator Alex Padilla introduced a bill declaring the intent of the legislature to enact new, comprehensive genetic privacy protections in the state.  Senate Bill 222 explains that existing law protects genetic privacy in some ways, but suggests that additional legislation is needed to provide individuals with comprehensive protection. For example, […]

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