Remind me why I have to get IRB approval for my research…

Paul Lombardo

You’ve probably heard of the shocking ethics violations of the Tuskegee syphilis experiments and medical experiments by Nazi physicians but did you know that in 1946, American…

Public Health Service (PHS) researchers intentionally exposed over 1,300 non-consenting Guatemalan soldiers, prisoners, psychiatric patients, and commercial sex workers to gonorrhea, syphilis, and/or chancroid…

Dr. Paul Lombardo, Georgia State’s Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law and Senior Advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues  and Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Associate Director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues have published a new article detailing the Guatemala experiments and their lack of oversight.

Spector-Bagdady K, Lombardo PA. “Something of an Adventure”: Postwar NIH Research Ethos and the Guatemala STD Experiments.  J Law Med Ethics. 2013 Sep;41(3):697-710. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12080.

The Georgia State University Library has many resources to help you investigate research ethics, be they related to humans, stem cells or animals.

Review the timeline of human medical experimentation from the NIH Office of Extramural Research here and familiarize yourself with Georgia State’s Institutional Review Board guidelines.

About Sharon Leslie

Sharon is the subject librarian for Nutrition, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and Respiratory Therapy. She is available for research consultations by contacting her at or 404-413-2855.
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