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Recent News Coverage of Unit Members

August 4, 2021. When To Stop Hoping For a COVID-19 Miracle Cure


June 24, 2021.  Can Botox ease depression by eliminating frowns? Researchers have doubts


June 7, 20121.  After 600 emergency use authorizations for COVID, experts worry the FDA has gone too far

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April 29, 2021. Ethical Considerations Before Launching a Clinical Cancer Trial. The ASCO Post


January 18, 2021. COVID-19 : Quel bilan tirer des prépublications scientifiques? Radio Canada


December 20, 2020. De nouveaux écueils sur la route des vaccins. La Presse


December 3, 2020. 6 Ways the Coronavirus Pandemic Changed Science. Discover Magazine


November 21, 2020. ‘People of poorer nations have moral claim to be at the front of the queue when vaccines arrive’. Open the Magazine


November 10, 2020. Lost in the Pfizer press release that vaccine is 90% effective: ‘Percentage may vary’. National Post


October 28, 2020. When it comes to COVID-19 vaccines, how good will be good enough?. National Post


October 7, 2020. Trump's COVID-19 antibody cocktail is promising but untested. Financial Post 


October 1, 2020. S’infecter délibérément pour la science. La Presse


September 16, 2020. Rush to approve Covid vaccine prompted by politics may end in disaster. Chemistry World


September 14, 2020. Scientists relieved as coronavirus vaccine trial restarts — but question lack of transparency. nature


September 14, 2020. Challenge trials face too many ethical and logistical hurdles to go forward, experts say. The Hill Times


September 12, 2020. Keeping accurate lists of COVID in schools not 'mission impossible': parent. Montreal Gazette


September 9, 2020. A leading coronavirus vaccine trial is on hold: scientists react. nature


August 26, 2020. Is the rush to roll out a coronavirus vaccine undermining safety? New Scientist


July 7, 2020. The Pandemic Is Pushing Scientists To Rethink How They Read Research Papers. NPR


June 21, 2020. Racialized groups in Canada will ‘lose’ in the post-pandemic economy. Experts aren’t surprised. Global News 


June 13, 2020. "Ergebnisse sollten nicht gleich für alle Welt freigegeben werden". Zeit Online


May 30, 2020. Should B.C. remain an outlier when it comes to releasing locations of COVID-19 cases? CBC News


May 29, 2020. Hva feiler det koronaforskningen? MORGENBLADET


May 26, 2020. How we make decisions during a pandemic. Knowable Magazine


May 25, 2020. Coronavirus pandemic exposing health inequities among Canadians, experts say. Global News


May 24, 2020. Stanford coronavirus research: Did politically-motivated scientists hype their speedy study? Mercury News


May 21, 2020. Florida knew a COVID-19 pandemic was likely. State leaders didn’t warn the public. Miami Herald


May 15, 2020. COVID-19's devastating toll on families in Montreal's poorest neighbourhoods. CBC News


May 14, 2020. Ethics questions swirl around historic Parkinson’s experiment. STAT 


May 13, 2020. A New Look at the Dose-Response Relationship in Phase 1 Oncology Trials. Cancer Therapy Advisor


May 3, 2020. Inside the extraordinary race to invent a coronavirus vaccine. The Washington Post 


April 30, 2020.  Gare à l’infection volontaire. La Presse


April 29, 2020. Quebec and Ontario are hardest hit by coronavirus. Why are their reopening plans different? Global News


April 26, 2020. En kris är ingen ursäkt för sänkta krav på forskning. Dagens Nyheter


April 24, 2020. Die Gefahren einer allzu hektischen Covid-19-Forschung. DER TAGESSPIEGEL


April 24, 2020. Stop Getting So Excited About ‘Preliminary’ Findings. WIRED 


April 23, 2020. Forschung im Eiltempo - kann das gut gehen? DER SPIEGEL


April 23, 2020. La crise n’est pas une raison pour assouplir les normes scientifiques et éthiques, selon des experts. Le Devoir


April 23, 2020. Attention aux dérives de la recherche clinique, disent des chercheurs. CBC Radio Canada


April 23, 2020. Alertan de la baja calidad de numerosos estudios sobre el coronavirus. El Mundo


April 21, 2020. THE PANDEMIC PODS CHOOSING FRIENDSHIP OVER PUBLIC HEALTH. Mel Magazine


April 16, 2020. 'We have a whole globe to protect': Pandemic vaccine research speeds up. CBC News


April 15, 2020. The race for a COVID-19 vaccine. CBC The National


April 6, 2020. Reporting COVID-19 numbers in small communities. CBC Quebec AM


March 28, 2020. New clinical trials bring potential COVID-19 treatments to North Texas. Dallas News


March 26, 2020. WHO Malaria Vaccine ‘Rollout’ In Africa Raises Ethical Questions. Clinical Research News


March 16, 2020. What are the rules of social distancing?. Vox


March 11, 2020. Researchers rush to test coronavirus vaccine in people without knowing how well it works in animals. STAT News


February 27, 2020. WHO’s malaria vaccine study represents a “serious breach of international ethical standards. BMJ


February 2020. She Didn't Want a Pelvic Exam. She Received One Anyway. New York Times


December 19, 2019. Could CRISPR babies experiment have been made public earlier?, NewScientist


December 12, 2019. Miracle Cancer Drugs Are Making Big Pharma Billions. Others Are Getting Left Behind, Bloomberg 


December 1, 2019. Why Texas must ban non-consensual pelvic exams [Opinion], Houston Chronicle


November 6, 2019. In Hunting for Cures, Ethics Can Strengthen Clinical Trials, Carnegie Mellon News


September 25, 2019. The potent effects of Japan’s stem-cell policies, Nature


September 9, 2019. Animal registries aim to reduce bias, Nature


September 9, 2019. Stem Cell Hype, Chemistry World


April 30, 2019. Crispr Babies Vs. ‘Bubble Boy’: Only One Was About the Patient, Bloomberg Opinion


April 12, 2019. The study of a cancer test seemed like a triumph. But some data were missing, STAT News


December 12, 2018. Unconfirmed exploratory trials after approvals may cause too much off-label prescribing, STAT News


November 28, 2018. When Clinical Trials Are Marketing Ploys, Not Science, FORBES


October 22, 2018. Statisticians asked to remove, ignore data to aid researchers: study, CTV News


October 13, 2018. When scientists want their data fudged and why you should care, CBC


October 4, 2018. Les cobayes de Sainte-Justine, Des chercheurs ont bâclé une étude clinique sur des enfants, Radio Canada


August 27, 2018. In Psychology And Other Social Sciences, Many Studies Fail The Reproducibility Test, 91.3WESM


June 6, 2018. Warning: Don’t Try This Biohacking at HomeBloomberg


April 29, 2018. 'Synthetic' human embryos are on the horizon, but ethics surrounding them are complicated, National Post


April 25, 2018, Cancer centers sell out science when they advertise clinical trials as treatment. STAT


April 16 2018. Are Clinical Trials Being Oversold to Cancer Patients?, Med Scape


April 13, 2018, Study questions animal efficacy data behind trials, Science


April 5, 2018, Clinical trials may be based on flimsy animal data, Science


March 26, 2018, Mom fears losing access to experimental drug that helped daughter after study ends, National Post


February 20, 2018, New study raises questions about early-stage cancer therapies for children, STAT News


February 19, 2018, Mice are mini-humans and the moon is made of cheese, The Medical Republic.


January 16, 2018, Biggest Hits – PLOS Biology in the Media in 2017, PLoS, 


January 23, 2018, Scientists Don’t Fear a New Crispr Snag, Bloomberg News


January 22, 2018. How well can you predict the outcome of clinical trials? Not as well as you may think, STAT


January 20, 2018. Should we let the crowd fund Canadian science if no one else will?, CBC News


August 14, 2017. Abortion access in Nova Scotia among worst in Canada: advocates, The Globe and Mail


July 4, 2017. Scientists Are Not So Hot at Predicting Which Cancer Studies Will Succeed, NPR


June 29, 2017. Cancer scientist may overestimate reliability of mouse studies, Reuters


May 5, 2017. Stem Cell Trial Data Mostly Go Unpublished, The Scientist


March 2, 2017. Analysis: The ethics of safe injection, CTV Montreal


February 8, 2017. Why opioid overdose deaths seem to happen in spurts, CNN


January 30, 2017. After trial death and before Trump change, a call for drug approval reform, CNN


January 30, 2017. Des essais cliniques inutiles, La Presse


January 13, 2017. Questionable “Young Blood” Transfusions Offered in U.S. as Anti-Aging Remedy, MIT Technology Review


December 8, 2016. A Death and Other Adverse Events in French Drug Trial Raise Questions About Testing Safety and Ethics, Neurology Today


November 2, 2016. Researcher challenges the idea of scientific neutrality at UCLA talk, Daily Bruin


October 2016. From “Personalized” to “Precision” Medicine: The Ethical and Social Implications of Rhetorical Reform in Genomic Medicine, Hastings Centre Report.


September 24, 2016. Des effets secondaires des médicaments restent absents des publications scientifiques, Le Devoir


August 30, 2016. Nick King and colleagues ask "Has the Increase in Disability Insurance Participation Contributed to Increased Opioid-Related Mortality?” in Annals of Internal Medicine.”


August 1, 2016. Brunswick woman taking gamble that stem cells will restore vision, Portland Press Herald


July 12, 2016. Is Most Clinical Research Useless?, Canadian Medical Association Journal


March 22, 2016 After Infecting Pregnant Monkey With Zika, Scientists Wait for Backlash. KQED Science


October 14, 2015. How 74 years of flawed experiments ‘hampered’ cancer fight. The Scotsman


October 13, 2015. Poorly designed animal experiments in the spotlight. Nature


Interview with Jonathan Kimmelman:  Patient-funded clinical trials may do more harm than good.... The Current (CBC), August 14, 2015.

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