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Consent Research Publications

Publications and Presentations

M. Spriggs & L. Gillam (2013). Deception of children in research. Journal of Medical Ethics. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2013-101618

M. Spriggs. (2010) Ethical difficulties with consent in research involving children: Findings from key informant interviews. AJOB Primary Research, 1(1): 34-43

M. Spriggs. (2009) Consent in cyberspace: Internet-based research involving young people. Monash Bioethics Review. 28; (4): 32.1 - 32.15

Merle P Spriggs and Lynn H Gillam. Consent in paediatric research: an evaluation of the guidance provided in the 2007 NHMRC National statement on ethical conduct in human research. MJA 2008; 188 (6): 360-362

Caldwell, P. H. Y., Dans, L., De Vries, M. C., Newman, J., Sammons, H., Spriggs, M., ... Offringa, M. (2012). Standard 1: Consent and recruitment. Pediatrics, 129(SUPPL. 3), S118-S122.

Spriggs, M., & Caldwell, P. H. (2011). The ethics of paediatric research. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 47(9), 664-667.

Merle Spriggs. 2012, ARCS Annual Scientific Congress. Assent and consent in paediatric trials. Sydney, NSW.

Merle Spriggs. 2011. 3rd National Paediatrics Bioethics Conference. Melbourne. ‘Current Controversies in Paediatric Research Ethics’.

Merle Spriggs. 2010. 1st Asia Pacific Research Ethics Conference. Singapore. Hot topics in research ethics: Special considerations in research involving children.

Merle Spriggs & Lynn Gillam. 2010. National Ethics Training Workshop: Understanding Consent in Research Involving Children. Melbourne.

Merle Spriggs. 2010. Vice Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Steering Committee on Children's Rights, Participation and Citizenship, lunchtime seminar. Ethical difficulties with consent in research involving children

Merle Spriggs. 2010. RMIT inaugural Human Research Ethics Workshop. Understanding consent in research involving children.

Merle Spriggs & Lynn Gillam. 2010. Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute. Research Ethics Training Workshop. Understanding consent in research involving children.

Merle Spriggs. 2010. Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee. Education session. Adelaide. Understanding consent in research involving children. 

Merle Spriggs & Lynn Gillam. 2010. The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Research Ethics Training Workshop. Understanding consent in research involving children.

Merle Spriggs. 2010. Access Grid presentation for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). Topic: Ethics and consent issues of involving children and young people in research. 

Merle Spriggs. 2009. National Universities Research Ethics Network Meeting.  Wollongong.  “Understanding consent in research involving children: A resource for researchers and HRECs”

Merle Spriggs. (2008). Ethical difficulties with consent in research involving children: Findings from key informant interviews with researchers and members of ethics committees. Pediatric Ethics Affinity Group at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 10th Annual Meeting, October 23-26, Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Merle Spriggs. (May 2008). Understanding consent in research involving children: Findings from key informant interviews. Genetic Health Seminar. Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Melbourne.

Merle Spriggs. (November 2007). Clarifying consent, assent and dissent in research involving children: Can they say no?. The Australasian Bioethics Association / Australian and New Zealand Institute of Health Law and Ethics 2007 Joint Conference, Melbourne.

Merle Spriggs. (October 2007). Consent in Research Involving Children. National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2007 National Research Ethics Conference. Melbourne.

Merle Spriggs and Lynn Gillam. (May 2007). Understanding consent in paediatric research. Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2007 Congress. Melbourne.

Peer commentaries relating to research involving children published in American Journal of Bioethics:

  • Merle Spriggs. (2012). Justifying Pediatric Research Not Expected to Benefit Child Subjects. American Journal of Bioethics, 12(1), 42-44. 
  • Merle Spriggs. (2008). Is pragmatism just an apology for unrestrained science? American Journal of Bioethics. 8(4): 39-41
  • Merle Spriggs. (2007). When 'risk' and 'benefit' are open to interpretation as is generally the case. American Journal of Bioethics. 7(3): 17-19
  • Merle Spriggs. (2006). Can children be altruistic research subjects? American Journal of Bioethics. 6(5): 49-50