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  • Writer's pictureRita Simmons

Research Ethics Timeline

In honor of Global Ethics Day, we explored the historical events that set the foundation for ethical clinical research. Though clinical research has produced substantial benefits and is critical to the health and well-being modern society, it has also posed some troubling ethical questions throughout history. Below we outline some of the most influential events in history that helped develop the modern ethical standards of clinical research.


Rita Simmons is the founder and lead consultant of Novelle, where she provides business and research consulting to companies across a variety of industries. Dr. Simmons leverages her drive for innovation and excellence along with her extensive executive and military experience to help business owners grow their business, drive revenue, and achieve strategic goals. When you’re ready to take your business to the next level, contact Dr. Simmons at or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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