Maintaining Research Integrity at Academic Institutions

“Research misconduct represents clear and present dangers to academic institutions and their faculty, residents, students, and staff,” declared the authors of a review published in the American Journal of Medicine.1 The review, authored by thought leaders from Florida Atlantic University and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, discussed the consequences of…

Will Term Limits Fix Academic Medicine’s Diversity Problem?

The National Institutes of Health has announced a plan to enforce 12-year term limits for tenured laboratory and branch chiefs; however, such a limit has yet to be enacted in academic medicine. Authors of an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine argue that lack of term limits on leadership positions at academic…

Is it Ethical to Charge for Prenatal Screening?

Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is becoming common around the world. Requiring only a blood draw at 9 to 11 weeks of gestation, NIPT tests for chromosomal abnormalities such as trisomies 21, 18, and 13. In some countries, the simple and safe test is part of routine care or offered through publicly funded programs. In other…

Defining Reasonable Compensation in Oocyte Donation

To remove the financial barriers associated with oocyte donation, the European Union (EU) allows for donors to be reasonably compensated. This must follow the EU tissue and cell directive that states donation must not result in a donor profiting from compensation for tissue donation.
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