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01-394DL Public Health and Bioethics - “Ethically Impossibly” STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948

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Length: 1 hour

Following the revelation of unethical U.S. research conducted in Guatemala in the 1940s, on October 1, 2010, President Barack Obama apologized to the people of Guatemala via a telephone call to President Álvaro Colom, and directed the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) to review the events that occurred in Guatemala. 

This second installment in the “Public Health and Bioethics” webinar series will discuss the Bioethics Commission report “Ethically Impossible” STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948, an historical account and ethical assessment of the Guatemala experiments. The report aims to uncover and contextualize as much as can be known at this time about the experiments that took place more than 65 years ago. It also aims to inform current and continuing efforts to protect the rights and welfare of participants in U.S.-sponsored or -conducted research. Educational materials pertaining to this report and relevant to public health educators, students, and professionals will be presented.

PRESENTER: Karen Meagher, Ph.D. – Senior Policy and Research Analyst, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Learning objectives:
1. Participants will be able to describe two contemporary examples of public health-related ethical challenges addressed by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission).
2. Participants will be able to list two recommendations from the Bioethics Commission’s report “Ethically Impossibly” STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948.
3. Participants will be able to cite two Bioethics Commission-developed educational materials to include in teaching research ethics to public health students.


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