Research Ethics Grand Rounds

Jill A. Fisher, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Medicine will present, "Healthy Volunteers' Perceptions of Risk: The Influence of Informed Consent and Urban Legend in Phase I Clinical Trials"

When Feb 21, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 219 Brinkhous-Bullitt
Contact Name
Contact Phone (919) 962-4340
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The first stage of testing new pharmaceuticals in humans is referred to as Phase I clinical trials.  The majority of these studies are conducted under controlled, in-patient conditions using healthy volunteers who are paid for their participation. This talk draws on an ethnographic study of Phase I clinics to explore the ways in which participants talk about and understand the risks of these clinical trials. It focuses on two sources of information about clinical trials: (1) the information from the formal informed consent process and (2) the information that is shared through social networks of healthy volunteers, especially stories that amount to urban legends about trial participation.