Dialogues in Research Ethics, November

November 05, 2010 — RMSB 3rd floor auditorium, noon - 1 p.m. —

Friday, November 5, 2010, noon - 1 p.m.
RMSB 2rd Floor Auditorium, Miller School of Medicine
Tuskegee Revisited—But Worse?  U.S. Wrongdoing in Guatemala
Sergio Litewka, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, International Ethics Programs
UM Ethics Programs

A historian doing research on the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis” has discovered that a U.S.-government-supported project included intentionally infecting Guatemalans with gonorrhea, chancroid, and syphilis.  The unpublished study, conducted in the 1940s, was funded by the NIH through the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (the predecessor to the Pan American Health Organization) and several Guatemalan government ministries.  Revelations about the research have reopened wounds about the biomedical research relationship between the United States and developing countries.

Dr. Litewka directs international activities for the UM Ethics Programs and the CITI Program.  He is project director on an NIH/Fogarty grant to improve research ethics education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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