Conflicts of interest, DBS, and ethics of transparency

Conflicts of interst in deep brain stimulation research and the ethics of transparency

Joseph J. Fins and Nicholas D. Schiff

The Journal of Clincial Ethics, 21, 125-32 (2010)


In this article we will draw on experiences from our own research on deep brain stimulation of the central thalamus in the minimally conscious state. We descrbe ethical challenges faced in clinical research involving medical devices and offer several cautionary notes about its funding and the interplay of market forces and scientific inquiry and suggest some reforms.

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