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New in Ethics & Human Research, September-October 2021 Issue

Pregnant Participants in Research

Peer-Reviewed Publication

The Hastings Center

Pregnant people are often excluded from research without clear justification, even when there is little harm to the fetus in minimal-risk research. In this issue of Ethics & Human Research, ob/gyn Amina White and colleages survey current and former institutional review board personnel to find out their interpretations of "minimal risk" to identify factors that might influence IRB decisions to approve research with those who are pregnant.

Also in this issue, an ethics review in the Covid-19 era; designs for an observational toxicology study involving intoxicated patients; and an essay on mamking metrics meaningful in human research protection programs.


IRB Decision-Making about Minimal Risk Research with Pregnant Participants

Amina WhiteChristine GradyMargaret LittleKristen SullivanKatie ClarkMonalisa NgwuAnne Drapkin Lyerly


Creating a Research Ethics Consultation Service: Issues to Consider

Holly A. TaylorKathryn M. PorterErin Talati PaquetteJennifer B. McCormickEmma TumiltyJason F. ArnoldKayte Spector-BagdadyMarion DanisDebra BrandtJina ShahBenjamin S. WilfondLisa M. Lee


Making Metrics Meaningful: How Human Research Protection Programs Can Efficiently and Effectively Use Their Data

Kimberley Serpico


Opt-Out Design for an Observational Toxicology Study Involving Intoxicated Patients at a Dance Music Event

Paul CallePeter BlanckaertSabine LemoyneRobert Rubens



A Call for Better, Not Faster, Research Ethics Committee Reviews in the Covid-19 Era

Leonardo TamarizFred J. HendlerJohn M. WellsAnnette AndersonStephen Bartlett


Table of contents of the September-October 2021 Ethics & Human Research:


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