Research Ethics Series opens Oct. 14

The Rock Ethics Institute's Research Ethics Series starts on Oct. 14 with a presentation from Sheldon Krimsky, Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities & Social Sciences at Tufts University. He will discuss "The Ethics Foundation of Addressing Scientific Conflict of Interest" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library, on Penn State's University Park campus. 

His talk explores the ethical foundations of conflict of interest (COI) in the sciences by investigating the concepts of stewardship, transparency, consequentialism, and scientific integrity. This framework is used to inform the current guidelines on conflicts of interest issued by the National Institutes of Health. The event is free and open to the public.

Conflict of interest is embedded in many areas of public ethics. Certain enactments named for their ethical content, such as the U.S. Ethics in Government Act, have sections devoted to "conflict of interest," and the legal community, government officials, financial organizations and many news organizations have strict guidelines on such conflicts. Yet, the term is rather new to the scientific and medical research communities.

Krimsky's research has focused on the linkages between science/technology, ethics/values and public policy. He is the author of 10 books, the latest of which is the "2013 Biotechnology in Our Lives: What Modern Genetics Can Tell You about Assisted Reproduction, Human Behavior, and Personalized Medicine, and Much More," co-authored with Jeremy Gruber. Krimsky also has published over 180 essays and reviews that have appeared in numerous books and journals.

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Last Updated July 17, 2015