Tom Beauchamp

Nov. 3: Questioning current research ethics regulations

Expert Tom Beauchamp to address the ethics of federal regulation

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1:43 p.m., Oct. 17, 2011--Tom Beauchamp, professor of philosophy and senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, will deliver a special lecture, “The Ethics of Federal Regulation of Biomedical Research and Clinical Practice,” at the University of Delaware on Thursday, Nov. 3. The event will take place from 3:15-4:15 p.m. in the Ewing Room of the Perkins Student Center.

Beauchamp will discuss how ethical issues in health research led to creation of the current federal regulations and how and why this structure is now being called into question. 

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Using recent historical examples, including the Tuskegee Panel and the Kennedy Hearings, he will argue that what might have been good then might need significant revision today, with a focus on the current attempts to change federal regulations. 

Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

For more information, contact Ann Marie Cochran at 302-831-8729 or acoch@udel.edu.

About the speaker

Tom Beauchamp is a professor of philosophy and senior research scholar at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. His research interests are in the ethics of human subjects research, the place of universal principles and rights in biomedical ethics, methods of bioethics, Hume and the history of modern philosophy, and business ethics. 

In 1975, he joined the staff of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, where he wrote the bulk of The Belmont Report. His publications have also included four major textbooks, a number of edited and coedited anthologies and more than 150 scholarly articles in journals and books. 

In 2004, Beauchamp was given the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities in recognition of outstanding contributions and significant publications in bioethics and the humanities. In 2010, he received the Henry Beecher Award of The Hastings Center for a lifetime of contributions to research ethics.

Article by Diane Kukich

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