Title

A Critical Appraisal of Protections for Aboriginal Communities in Biomedical Research

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2002

Journal

Jurimetrics

Volume

42

First Page

187

Last Page

198

Abstract

As scientists target communities for research into the etiology, especially the genetic determinants of common diseases, there have been calls for the protection of communities. This paper identifies the distinct characteristics of aboriginal communities and their implications for research in these communities. It also contends that the framework in the Belmont Report is inadequate in this context and suggests a fourth principle of respect for communities. To explore how such a principle might be specified and operationalized, it reviews existing guidelines for protecting aboriginal communities and points out problems with these guidelines and areas for further work.

Notes

Dr. Charles Weijer is currently a faculty member at The University of Western Ontario.