What can we learn from historical violations of research ethics?

bbag-icon-decWhat We Have Already and Have Still to Learn from Historical Unethical Research

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Current public health policies are inherently influenced by a case-based infrastructure. But what is lost and what is gained by bioethical policies that are generally reactionary? What can we learn from worst-case historical scenarios that seem inconceivable in our current human subjects research environment? This discussion will analyze the value of historical violations of research ethics in encouraging compliance with the spirit as well as letter of the law, in addition to informing actions in the space in which something may be legal but unethical.


Join us for Kayte Spector-Bagdady’s lecture on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from noon till 1 pm in person or online.

Kayte Spector-Bagdady is a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine. There she focuses on the collective impact of laws, institutional policies, and ethics on equitable access to healthcare. Previously she served as Associate Director at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. There, she supervised staff work on the ethics of the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic, returning incidental findings, and whole genome sequencing, and was a lead staff investigator and author for the report “Ethically Impossible”: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948. Kayte began as an attorney advising drug and device companies on FDA compliance. She received her J.D. and M. Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and School of Medicine respectively after graduating from Middlebury College. Her publications, teaching, and talks focus on reproductive justice, genetic testing, drug and device regulation, and research ethics.

In person: This lecture will take place in C102 East Fee Hall on MSU’s East Lansing campus. Feel free to bring your lunch! Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

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