Vulnerable Populations Background

 Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

1. Define and discuss the term “vulnerable population” in the context of human subjects research.

2. Understand the ethical considerations relevant to research with vulnerable populations.

3. Understand existing U.S. regulations and multinational guidelines that govern research with vulnerable populations, and their historical context.

4. Explain why and how research with vulnerable populations can be conducted ethically and can be of benefit to those populations.


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Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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