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Research ethics dilemmas in thyroid disease

Rosenthal, M. Saraa; Angelos, Peterb; Schweppe, Rebecca E.c

Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity: October 2018 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - p 335–340
doi: 10.1097/MED.0000000000000429
THYROID: Edited by Lewis E. Braverman and Angela M. Leung

Purpose of review Since research ethics dilemmas frequently fall outside the purview of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), we present three unique recent research ethics cases in thyroidology that demonstrate research ethics dilemmas.

Recent findings The cases presented raise questions surrounding epistemic/scientific integrity, publication ethics, and professional, and personal integrity.

Summary Research ethics dilemmas that fall outside the purview of the IRB are appropriate for a Research Ethics Consultation, a common service in many large academic medical centers.

aProgram for Bioethics, Departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

bDepartment of Surgery, University of Chicago and MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Chicago, Illinois

cDivision of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, University of Colorado Cancer Center, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado, USA

Correspondence to M. Sara Rosenthal, PhD, Program for Bioethicss, Department of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky, Medical Sciences Building, 800 Rose Street, Suite MS-581, Lexington, KY 40536, USA. Tel: +1 859 257 9474; fax: +1 859 323 1825; e-mail:

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