- Ethical Discrepancy between Observational and Experimental Methodologies in Research
Kenji Matsui is Associate Professor at the Center for Clinical Bioethics, which was established in December 2009 at the University of Toyama, Japan. Dr Matsui has also been Visiting Scholar at the Department of Health Science at Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan. His current research interests include the ethical analysis of risks involved in clinical research and the ethics of research on stored human samples.
I am grateful to Dr Reidar K. Lie and Dr Joseph Milium of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, USA, and my colleagues, Dr Shimon Tashiro and Dr Yusuke Inoue at the University of Tokyo, Japan, for their critical reviews and very helpful comments on the several draft versions of the paper. I also thank all participants of the Asian Bioethics Network Meeting Kyoto, Japan, held on 13-14 January 2010, for their very helpful discussions that helped develop the primitive idea of the paper. This study is partly supported by the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) and (B) (no. 19602001 & 20390184) of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and is also partly funded by the research grant in 2010 from the Japan Medical Education Foundation. No conflict of interest is declared.
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