NEW IRB EVENT: Distinguished Speaker Craig Klugman, Ph.D. Monday, May 6th at 10:00-11:30am in RWEC 101

Please join us for a fascinating dive into the history and current state of human subjects research provided by the 2019 Western Oregon University Institutional Review Board’s Distinguished Speaker

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Talk Synopsis: The history of human subjects research is littered with the bodies of abused people. From the Nazi medical experiments in World War II, to the US Public Health Service syphilis experiments in Tuskegee and Guatemala, to the radiation experiments throughout the U.S, we have often experimented on the most vulnerable people in society—those who are poor, young, minority, uneducated, and who lack a political voice. Twentieth century research experimented on populations to prove that they were a different species from other people, to gain knowledge of the human body through trials that were deemed unacceptable to do on “people”, and research populations were chosen because they were convenient or easily controlled. Modern ethical guidelines for conducting human subjects research—respect of persons, beneficence, and justice—come out of the experiences of ignoring these ideas. Today all proposed experiments on humans must undergo some level of review with an institutional review board (IRB) and are required to ensure the physical and psychological safety of participants, that they have sufficient understanding to be able to volunteer as a subject, and that we do not exclude (or include) a population solely because of their race, gender, age, sex, or other characteristic. This talk will explore this troubled past and show how regulatory and procedural efforts are meant to ensure that human subjects are protected from harm, while simultaneously forwarding the search for knowledge.

Time: Monday, May 6th, 10:00-11:30am

Location: RWEC 101

Support for this event is provided by the Western Oregon University Institutional Review Board.

This event is open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact the WOU IRB Chair, Ethan A. McMahan, at

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