With deep brain stimulation, experts want to tread carefully. Andreas von Bubnoff. Los Angeles Times, June 1, 2009.
Deep brain stimulation research also raises ethical questions, such as how to make sure patients who may have diminished capacity to consent understand the risks and benefits of participating in the trials. In 2007, researchers met to discuss such issues. Recommendations will be published in an upcoming paper.
The Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program (BSAP) of Indiana CTSI will be monitoring the research ethics news and publishing a digest of this news on this blog (piece-by-piece), on the Indiana CTSI Hub (soon, in a more complete form) and (ultimately) by email. Sections of this digest will be devoted to 1) research ethics news from and at Indiana University and Indiana CTSI, 2) research ethics from other news sources and blogs, and 3) research ethics in the academic literature.
Jere Odell, Editor
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The Center congratulates Margaret Gaffney, MD, who was among the nominees named by students at the Indiana University School of Medicine for the 2008 AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award. This honor recognizes faculty members who embody “the importance of humanistic qualities and the enhancement of the interactions between medical school students and faculty. The presence of a caring, compassionate, and collaborative learning environment serves as positive reinforcement to prospective physicians of the desirability of such qualities in the doctor-patient relationship”. Dr. Gaffney won the award from the IUSM in 2004 and, thus, is not eligible for the honor this year.