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Afterword: returning to philosophical foundations in research ethics
  1. Nir Eyal
  1. Correspondence to Professor Nir Eyal, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Ave., FXB Building, Boston, MA 02115, USA; neyal{at}


This is an afterword to the JME symposium on the benefit/risk ratio challenge in clinical research, and the case of HIV cure. It notes implications of the symposium for research ethics in general.

  • HIV Infection and AIDS
  • Research Ethics
  • Ethics

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  • Funding This work was funded by NIAID grants 1 R01 AI114617-01A1 and 1 R56 AI114617-01, both titled ‘HIV cure studies: risk, risk perception, and ethics’. The study sponsor had no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of the data; in the writing of the report and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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