Portland State University has started disciplinary proceedings against Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy who co-authored a series of bogus research papers that parody what the authors dismiss as “grievance studies.”

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Chad Tackett claimed his weight loss program was so good that it was part of a university-sponsored study. That the study never existed was the least shady part of the tale. With comments from our Alan Regenberg

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Southern Illinois University’s medical school has halted all herpes research, one of its most high-profile projects, amid growing controversy over a researcher’s unauthorized methods offshore and in the US

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Chair of research program’s institutional review board details big challenges ahead. “This is the largest government study ever on its own people.” Nancy Kass, Sc.D., a professor of bioethics and public health at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics was talking about the Precision Medicine Initiative, now called the All of Us Research Program

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Public Members Needed

March 29, 2017

The Research Involving Human Subjects Committee (RIHSC) FDA’s IRB, is looking for up to three individuals from the community to serve as public members on the committee

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This was the proposal: Deliberately infect a small group of consenting adults with the Zika virus to learn about the disease and speed up the search for a vaccine. The need is clear. Zika is an emerging global threat to public health. The disease can be devastating, especially for the babies of mothers who catch it while pregnant

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Chances are, you’re on Facebook right now. About 1.7 billion people—almost a quarter of the world’s population—actively use the social media platform . And though it’s free, Facebook isn’t charity. It has a product, and that product is you and me. The company cleared a tidy $5.2 billion from user-directed ads in the first quarter of 2016 alone

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The fundamental ethical responsibilities of the cohort IRB remain the same as for any other IRB, Nancy Kass said, but there are particular issues that require sensitivity. Kass is a bioethicist and deputy director for public health in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. She also has been tapped by the National Institutes of Health to lead the central IRB for the Precision Medicine Cohort Program

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