UCD Doctors Unethically Vaccinated Children in Mother and Baby Homes

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Medical researchers from University College Dublin (UCD) conducted unethical vaccine trials on children in Ireland’s mother-and-baby homes, according to the findings of a government investigation. Seven vaccine trials took place in the mother-and-baby homes from 1934-73, according to the Commission’s report. Researchers from UCD conducted five vaccine trials on children in mother-and-baby homes from 1960-73, all of which breached medical standards at the time …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 18 January]

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Minister for Health publishes new Bill to reform the Research Ethics landscape

Posted in Legal issues, Research on July 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has today published the General Scheme of the National Research Ethics Committees Bill confirming plans to develop a streamlined, regulated and fit-for-purpose model for the ethical review of health research projects. The Bill will modernise the current system, will support more consistent and more efficient decisions for research studies and will mean better results for patients …” (more)

[Department of Health, 30 July]

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Overhaul of Rules for Human Research Hits Impasse

Posted in Research on March 8th, 2013 by steve

“After nearly two years of effort, a bid to rewrite the federal rules governing research involving human subjects appears to be stuck, with little optimism for a way forward …” (more)

[Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 March]


Is it ethical to publish unethical research?

Posted in Research on June 3rd, 2012 by steve

“How should journal editors treat submissions based on unethical research? Is it ethical to publish scientific results if they build on unethically gathered data? A recent case has forced reflection on these questions and suggests that changes need to be made to the publishing system …” (more)

[Curt Rice, University World News, 3 June]


Sheep, robots and communicating science

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2011 by steve

“… But actually the list if potential ethical issues could stretch for miles, depending on whom you ask and what it is that keeps them awake at night. Equally, you may find people who simply cannot believe that we agonise over the ethics of research that could help millions, save lives and generate supplies of food. Research ethics committees are now all over the higher education system, and their work is vitally important. But that’s not what I am addressing here. It’s not just about assessing ethical dilemmas, it is about communicating what these issues are really all about …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 25 July]

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Guidelines on ethics in research ‘too restrictive’

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 7th, 2011 by steve

“Ethical guidelines around research in healthcare settings have become too restrictive, according to a UK-based professor of nursing who will give a talk in Dublin tomorrow. ‘We need to move away from a rules-based system to one that asks what harm will it do and what are the benefits?’ said Prof Martin Johnson, professor of nursing at the Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research at the University of Salford, England, in advance of his talk at Dublin City University …” (more)

[Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times, 7 June]

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The 14 commandments of responsible research

Posted in Research on September 22nd, 2010 by steve

“Following up on the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity in Singapore this past July, a group of researchers and policy makers has posted today a statement meant to serve as a global guide for research conduct. The statement includes 14 short paragraphs offering guidance for maintaining honesty, accountability, professional courtesy and fairness …” (more)

[Brendan Maher, The Great Beyond, 22 September]


A Rush to Moral Judgment

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 4th, 2010 by steve

“The recent (self-)destruction of Harvard evolutionary biologist Marc Hauser is both hard to watch and impossible not to. When the university last month found Hauser guilty of scientific misconduct – ugly and serious words, those, meaning in this case either tweaking data or fabricating it outright – someone really, really big started a long fall in slow motion …” (more)

[David Dobbs, Slate, 3 September]

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New code tells European researchers how to behave

Posted in Legal issues on July 22nd, 2010 by steve

“A voluntary code of conduct for European researchers was published today at the World Conference on Research Integrity in Singapore to help guard against fraud and malpractice. The code was draw up by the European Science Foundation (ESF), an association of 79 science bodies across Europe …” (more)

[The Great Beyond, 21 July]