Research Ethics and Policy Series (REPS) | Anna Wexler, PhD
12:00pm - 1:00pm • via Zoom
Ethical issues in intraoperative neuroscience studies: Assessing subjects’ recall of informed consent and motivations for participation
Anna Wexler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine
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In recent years, an increasing number of intraoperative neuroscience studies have been supported by the NIH through the BRAIN initiative. Some of these studies take advantage of intraoperative situations—such as Parkinson’s disease patients undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery—to advance basic neuroscience knowledge. However, the use of neurosurgical patients as human research subjects raises important ethical considerations, particularly regarding informed consent and undue influence, as well as subjects’ motivations for participation. In this talk, I will present results from a recent empirical study that examined these considerations and assessed informed consent recall in Parkinson’s disease patients who participated in an intraoperative neuroscience study at the University of Pennsylvania.
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