Children are considered a vulnerable population and are granted extra legal protections. This is due in part to a history of exploitative research practices and the general view that while adults can assume the risks of research following their own altruistic values, we should not expect children to take on extra risks primarily for the benefit of others. At the same time, research with minors is of critical importance to advance knowledge about how to safeguard their wellbeing, educational opportunities, and health. This panel investigates the distinctive challenges that come when researching children, including the ethics of consent, risk, and parental involvement.
David Wendler, MA, PhD (Head, Section on Research Ethics, Department of Bioethics, Clinical Center National Institutes of Health)
Mollie Blackburn, PhD (Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Ecology, OSU)
Mark W. Hall, MD, FCCM (Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and OSU College of Medicine)
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