The Newsletter 52 Winter 2009

Biomedical research in South Asia. Ethical review, remit and responsibility

Robert SimpsonVajira DissanayakeRachel Douglas-JonesSalla Sariola

In recent decades, research in the biomedical sciences has been increasingly located in settings outside of the global north (Petryna 2009). Much of this research arises out of transnational collaborations made up of sponsors in richer countries (pharmaceutical industries, aid agencies, charitable trusts) and researchers and research subjects in poorer ones. A recent workshop on the ethics of international collaboration, held in Sri Lanka, confirmed that in addition to the usual concerns about the protection of human subjects in biomedical research, these engagements raise a host of new ones.

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