Video Resources

Members of the University community speak on topics related to the Frst Year Book, such as informed consent, medical ethics and the impact of HELA cells on research.

Medical Ethics

University of Maryland Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Sam Kerstein, explains informed consent, medical ethics, and the treatment of Henrietta Lacks. 

Also see:Whose profit? Why bioethics needs a global perspective (The Conversation) August 2011.
Innovations deriving from genetics research, stem cell research, nanoscience and neuroscience will soon revolutionise medicine. With the potential for biotechnologies to alter natural processes and redefine what it means to be human, it’s hardly surprising that there’s been growing interest in bioethical issues.

University of Maryland Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Sam Kerstein, explains the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and how it influenced medical ethics, and the treatment of patients.


University of Maryland IRB (Institutional Review Board) Manager, Joseph Smith, discusses the importance of informed consent in the research process.