Wed, May 25, 2016, 12:00pm
UH Ford Amphitheater & Lobby
Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBioethicsAbstract: In 1966, Dr. Henry Beecher argued that there was no more reliable safeguard for the human research subject than an “intelligent, informed, conscientious, compassionate, responsible investigator.” Considering the current strictures of our human subjects research compliance enterprise, and wide-spread industry hand wringing over the proposed revisions to regulations, we might perhaps long for a simpler time when researchers with “high ethical purposes and completely good morals” were assumed as opposed to compelled. And yet. This presentation will explore the implications and aftermath of the STD experiments conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service in Guatemala in the 1940s.