Regulating reproductive research: The emergence of ethical guidelines and committees

Project leader: Helena Tinnerholm Ljungberg

This project explores the emergence and institutionalization of medical-ethical research regulation and committees in Sweden, from the middle of the 1960s and onwards. The project is empirically focused on the Swedish medical corps and its self-regulating practices as well as on the ethical pre-review system of medical human research, and how they were discussed by researchers, politicians, and in the public debate in the 1960s and 1970s. Special attention is given to the ethical review process and debates surrounding reproductive research. The main research questions focus on how medical research was represented as an ethical problem, how solutions to these problems were articulated, and how specific values were produced and re-produced in the process.

Publications and presentations:

• “Regulating reproductive Research: The emergence of ethical guidelines and committees in Sweden”, presentation at seminar organized by Feminist and Critical Studies in Politics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, 1 December, 2017.