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Ethical Challenges

13. Author Biography

Miriam Kelty consults on research ethics, scientific integrity and research strategy. Her doctoral training at Rutgers University was interdisciplinary in psychology, psychobiology and animal behavior. For 20 years Dr. Kelty was Associate Director of the National Institute on Aging, US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Director of Extramural Activities.

Dr. Kelty is a leader in the ethics of research. After participating in the development and publication of Ethical Principles for the Conduct of Psychological Research with Human Participants by the American Psychological Association, she joined the staff of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. This group produced more than a dozen studies, including the Belmont Report, which has been the basis of human research protections in the US and abroad.

At NIH Dr. Kelty started the Inter-Institute Bioethics Interest Group, a forum for discussion of emerging and ongoing ethical issues in research. Dr. Kelty developed Bioethics Resources on the Web to disseminate resources and teaching materials. As a consultant she continues to advise NIH and other organizations on ethical issues in research such as consent processes, biorepositories and use of stored samples, international research and recruitment and retention of clinical trial participants. Her leadership and her contributions to research ethics have been recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Service, NIH, academic and association awards.

She is active in scientific and professional organizations, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society and the Gerontological Society of America. She is a mentor for NIH scientists and for members of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research. She recently completed terms on the program committee for the AAAS and on the peer review and policy committee for the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Currently Dr. Kelty serves on the Institutional Review Board for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the ethics committee for the CTSAs, the Human Research Committee for the American Psychological Association. In addition to NIH, she consults with WHO and World Bank.