February 2, 2017

Raymond De Vries, PhD Authors Article on the Ethics and Obstacles in Medical Tissue Banking

The Winter 2017 issue of Medicine at Michigan contains Giving (Bits of) Your Self to Medicine an article by Raymond De Vries, PhD co-director of U-M’s Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, and a professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences.

De Vries discusses how patients' willingness to provide "blank consent" for tissue donations to a biobank decreases when they are given specific potential uses like: to develop a bioweapon or earn profits for companies.  De Vries references his study published in the Journal of American Medical Association and examines the role of President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative which has the goal of increasing blood and tissue donation from a "voluntary national research cohort."

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