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Marking Shifts in Human Research Ethics in the Development of Biobanking


Chalmers, DRC and Burgess, M and Edwards, K and Kaye, J and Meslin, E and Nicol, D, Marking Shifts in Human Research Ethics in the Development of Biobanking, Public Health Ethics, 8, (1) pp. 63-71. ISSN 1754-9973 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/phe/phu023


Biobanks are increasingly being created specifically for research purposes. Concomitantly, we are seeing significant and evolving shifts in research ethics in relation to biobanking. Three discrete shifts are identified in this article. The first extends the ethical focus beyond the protection of human subjects to the promotion of broader community benefits of research utilizing biobanked resources, and an expectation that these benefits will be shared. The second involves the evolution of the traditional consent paradigm for future research uses of biobanks resources that are not in contemplation at the time of donation. The third involves a move away from single project management to more dynamic governance accountability to research participants and the public. These shifts may take different local and institutional forms but share common recognizable elements.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Medical and health law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law reform
UTAS Author:Chalmers, DRC (Professor Don Chalmers)
UTAS Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
ID Code:94390
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2014-09-08
Last Modified:2016-10-05

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