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.

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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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How Midwives Learn: Origins of the Home Birth Controversy

bbag-icon-decHow Midwives Learn: Origins of the Home Birth Controversy

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Recent media coverage of the increasing popularity of out-of-hospital births in the U.S. has generated a widespread debate about the politics and place of birth. This is not a new phenomenon. In the 1970s, a quiet revolution spread across cities and suburbs, towns and farms, as individuals challenged legal, institutional and medical protocols by choosing unlicensed midwives to catch their babies at home. But just who were these self-proclaimed midwives who seemed to appear overnight, and how did they learn their trade? Because the United States had virtually eliminated midwifery by the mid-twentieth century, most of these newer “rebels” had little knowledge of or exposure to the historic practice, and had to determine for themselves how to define, learn, and teach midwifery skills. This talk examines the creation, controversies, and evolution of the first accredited program for non-nurse midwives in the U.S., the Seattle Midwifery School.

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Join us for Wendy Kline’s lecture on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from noon till 1 pm in person or online.

Wendy Kline, PhD, is the Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine in the Department of History at Purdue University. She is the author of several articles and two books: Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women’s Health in the Second Wave (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom (University of California Press, 2001). Her current book project, under contract with Oxford University Press, is entitled Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth in Late-Twentieth-Century America. Two related articles are forthcoming in 2015: “Communicating a New Consciousness: Countercultural Print and the Home Birth Movement in the 1970s,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine and “The Little Manual That Started a Revolution: How Hippie Midwifery Became Mainstream,” in David Kaiser and Patrick McCray, eds., Groovy Science: The Countercultural Embrace of Science and Technology over the Long 1970s. In 2014 Kline was selected as a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. She is also a professional violinist, and is currently a member of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

In person: This lecture will take place in C102 Patenge Room in 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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