By Julian Culp and Nicole Hassoun

This paper suggests that there is a great need for both ethical and scientific inquiry to address pressing global problems. In doing so, it argues that one such problem may lie in the way scientific research itself is organized. For, most research and development is done in developed countries and responds to research priorities in those countries, while the needs of much of the world’s population go unaddressed by new research. So scientists may have an important role to play in addressing this problem. Scientists can, for instance, share their expertise with those in developing countries or support research on how best to meet the needs of people in these countries. Thought leaders from the scientific community can take political action to broaden the research priorities and encourage philanthropic or policy change so science can better address the global research gap.

Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2012

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