The Research Ethics Program serves as a resource for the campus community to identify and address ethical challenges intrinsic to the conduct of science, engineering, and other academic scholarship.

Case of the Month: June 2018

Conducting studies in humans can be difficult, but is ultimately the only definitive way to be sure something does or does not work in humans. One example is the question of whether a diet high in salt increases the risk of heart disease. A proper study could take many years of tightly controlled diets with target concentrations of salt. Doing so would be impractical in the general population, but it has been suggested that such a study could be conducted in prisoners.

Is the coercive nature of asking (requiring?) a prisoner to participate in a long-term study sufficiently problematic that the study should not be done?


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