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Feb. 16, 2004

Speaker To Discuss Ethics Of Research Involving Human Subjects

Robert Levine, M.D., professor of medicine and lecturer in pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, will give two lectures Tuesday, March 2 at the University of Iowa.

Levine will discuss "The Ethics of Randomized Clinical Trials and Special Problems Presented by Placebo Controls" beginning at 8:30 a.m. Following a short break with light refreshments, Levine will present "Standards for the Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Human Subjects; Their Development in Response to Public Perceptions" at 10:30 a.m. Both lectures will be in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, located in E331 General Hospital at UI Hospitals and Clinics. There will be time for questions following each talk.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Nursing continuing education credits are available to those to attend both lectures.

Levine is also director of the Law, Policy and Ethics Core of Yale University's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, and co-chair of the executive committee of Yale's Interdisciplinary Bioethics Project.

Levine is the founding editor of IRB: A Review of Human Subjects Research and has served as consultant to several federal and international agencies involved in the development of policy for the protection of human subjects. Most of his research, teaching and publications have been in the field of medical ethics, with particular concentration on the ethics of research involving human subjects.

Levine is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the American College of Physicians and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. He has served in a variety of leadership positions for various professional councils and organizations.

Levine's lectures are part of the UI Human Subjects Office 2004 Speaker Series, which will feature national leaders in the field of human research protection. For more information, contact the UI Human Subjects office at 319-335-6564 or visit its Web site at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Writer: Tiffany Bronk