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HSD Invites the UW Research Community to Attend a Webinar on The Guatemalan Inoculation Study (10/20)

Oct 15, 2010 at 7:44am

Join HSD Staff & IRB Members for a Webinar & Discussion . . .

The Guatemalan Inoculation Study:
Susan M. Reverby on Research Ethics and Lessons for Human Research Protection Programs

HSD has arranged for participation by the UW research community in this webinar conducted by the organization Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R).

Please join HSD staff and IRB members for this session and discussion on:

Wednesday, October 20 at 10:00 AM

Location #1: Health Sciences Building - Room T-733 (capacity 100)

Location #2: Gates Hall - Room 115 (capacity 45)

About the Webinar:

The Guatemala syphilis study, conducted more than 60 years ago and recently unearthed by medical historian Susan M. Reverby, is another shocking, and sadly familiar example of the abuse of human subjects in research.

Ms. Reverby will present her findings during the webinar, which will cover the horrific story of US public health researchers intentionally infecting hundreds of people in Guatemala with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge. Lessons for today's Human Research Protection Program professionals, researchers, and research staff will also be discussed.

Readings on the study and issues:

A draft "pre-print" of Dr. Reverby's main article on this Guatemalan situation is available on her Wellesley home webpage: http://www.wellesley.edu/WomenSt/Reverby%20Normal%20Exposure.pdf

An early release article from JAMA (posted 10/11/10) - Intentional Infection of Vulnerable Populations in 1946-1948: Another Tragic History Lesson http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/jama.2010.1554?eaf


No registration is needed and there is no cost to attend the session. Space in T-733 is limited to 100 and in Gates Hall Room 115 is 45.