In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past image

WBUR, March 21, 2017
Paul C. McLean, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

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That’s why ethics review of human subject research matters. This NIH panel is an especially good model in both its composition — expertise in law, medicine, medical science, social sciences, vaccine research and advocacy and bioethics — and its transparency. The findings are there for all to see on the NIH website, including the researchers, who now have more to do before receiving the NIH go-ahead for their important work.

“We didn’t want to be overly protective,” said Holly Lynch, a member of the NIH ethics panel and executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School. “We didn’t want people saying bioethics is getting into the way again, in a way damaging to the science. We wanted to lay out a road map for researchers.”

 

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