Ethical Guidelines for Research Involving Human Subjects to be Discussed at Upcoming Duquesne Lecture

The author of the bulk of a historical report that summarizes the ethical principles and guidelines for research involving human subjects will be the featured speaker at the upcoming David F. Kelly Bioethics Lecture at Duquesne University.

The Center for Healthcare Ethics will host Dr. Tom L. Beauchamp, who will present A Defense of Universal Principles and Common Morality in Biomedical Ethics on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Room 613 of the Duquesne Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Beauchamp is a professor emeritus of philosophy and a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. He wrote most of The Belmont Report, a document published by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1978.

Beauchamp is the author of the most popular biomedical ethics textbook Principles of Biomedical Ethics, which establishes the current methodology in addressing ethical issues reflecting common morality-moral standards all humans should adhere to, regardless of cultural or religious setting.

"With the growing importance of global health for all of us, it is necessary to identify the ethical values that we share with each other to safeguard our planet," said Dr. Henk ten Have, director of Duquesne's Center for Healthcare Ethics.

The David F. Kelly Bioethics Lectures invites nationally and internationally prominent scholars to lecture at Duquesne University each fall and spring semester on current and emerging topics in bioethics. The purpose of the series is to provide ethics leadership on the crucial issues in health care today.

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