Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 106
  • January 13, 2016 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics 2015-16 Seminar Series

Speaker: Andrew Schroeder, PhD, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

Title: Using the Informed Consent Framework to Create Guidelines for the Ethical Presentation of Scientific Research

Abstract: Ethical guidelines for the presentation of scientific findings are largely silent when it comes to choosing between alternative ways to present the same data, so long as each alternative is honest, clear, and not grossly misleading. So, for example, there often aren’t any norms that dictate whether researchers should highlight relative risk or absolute risk in a press release, whether they should represent uncertainty numerically or graphically, etc. I argue that these choices are morally significant, and so should be subject to ethical guidelines. I think that the informed consent framework familiar from the bioethical literature can help us to find appropriate ethical guidance. In the talk, I’ll say a little about why, and I’ll describe some of the problems such a view would face.

This event will be webcast: https://jcb.adobeconnect.com/bioethicsseminars/