Table of Contents: July 2009


Ethics Without Borders

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The image this month relates to the Editorial and a paper by Doris Schopper and colleagues. The Editorial discusses the problems that can arise when research is done in the context of humanitarian relief work and notes that ethical oversight of such research needs to be rigorous, but also pragmatic. It discusses particularly the role of journals when papers arising from such research are submitted for publication. The article by Schopper and colleagues describes the functioning of the Médecins Sans Frontières independent ethics review board and the framework used for ethics review by this board, and discusses challenging ethical issues encountered by the board since its inception.



Ethics Without Borders

The PLoS Medicine Editors

The PLoS Medicine Debate


Health in Action

Research Ethics Review in Humanitarian Contexts: The Experience of the Independent Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières

Doris Schopper, Ross Upshur, Francine Matthys, Jerome Amir Singh, Sunita Sheel Bandewar, Aasim Ahmad, Els van Dongen

Policy Forums

Focusing on Quality Patient Care in the New Global Subsidy for Malaria Medicines

Suerie Moon, Carmen Pérez Casas, Jean-Marie Kindermans, Martin de Smet, Tido von Schoen-Angerer

Guidelines and Guidance

Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement

David Moher, Alessandro Liberati, Jennifer Tetzlaff, Douglas G. Altman , The PRISMA Group

The PRISMA Statement for Reporting Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses of Studies That Evaluate Health Care Interventions: Explanation and Elaboration

Alessandro Liberati, Douglas G. Altman, Jennifer Tetzlaff, Cynthia Mulrow, Peter C. Gøtzsche, John P. A. Ioannidis, Mike Clarke, P. J. Devereaux, Jos Kleijnen, David Moher

Learning Forum

A 73-Year-Old Man with Long-Term Immobility Presenting with Abdominal Pain

Salomone Di Saverio, Gregorio Tugnoli, Paolo Emilio Orlandi, Marco Casali, Fausto Catena, Andrea Biscardi, Omeshnie Pillay, Franco Baldoni

Research Articles

Can Prenatal Malaria Exposure Produce an Immune Tolerant Phenotype?: A Prospective Birth Cohort Study in Kenya

Indu Malhotra, Arlene Dent, Peter Mungai, Alex Wamachi, John H. Ouma, David L. Narum, Eric Muchiri, Daniel J. Tisch, Christopher L. King

Infiltrating Blood-Derived Macrophages Are Vital Cells Playing an Anti-inflammatory Role in Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury in Mice

Ravid Shechter, Anat London, Chen Varol, Catarina Raposo, Melania Cusimano, Gili Yovel, Asya Rolls, Matthias Mack, Stefano Pluchino, Gianvito Martino, Steffen Jung, Michal Schwartz

Polyclonal B Cell Differentiation and Loss of Gastrointestinal Tract Germinal Centers in the Earliest Stages of HIV-1 Infection

Marc C. Levesque, M. Anthony Moody, Kwan-Ki Hwang, Dawn J. Marshall, John F. Whitesides, Joshua D. Amos, Thaddeus C. Gurley, Sallie Allgood, Benjamin B. Haynes, Nathan A. Vandergrift, Steven Plonk, Daniel C. Parker, Myron S. Cohen, Georgia D. Tomaras, Paul A. Goepfert, George M. Shaw, Jörn E. Schmitz, Joseph J. Eron, Nicholas J. Shaheen, Charles B. Hicks, Hua-Xin Liao, Martin Markowitz, Garnett Kelsoe, David M. Margolis, Barton F. Haynes