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.
The cases presented raise questions surrounding epistemic/scientific integrity, publication ethics, and professional, and personal integrity.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org