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Registration is now open for the CAREB-ACCER 2017 National Conference & AGM0

Posted by Admin in on April 8, 2017

Conference: Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29

Pre-conference workshops: Thursday, April 27

Venue: Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Registration closes at 4PM (EST) on April 14th

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application/pdfCAREB-ACCER 2017 Pre-Conference Agenda

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For most members of the AHRECS community this conference will require a fair bit of travel, but we thought the content on First Peoples, reviewing online research and the participation of women in clinical trials made it worth including in the newsroom

Casebook on Ethical Issues in International Health Research (Books: WHO | 2009)0

Posted by Admin in on April 4, 2017

This publication is the outcome of a project of the Secretariat of the Research Ethics Review Committee of the World Health Organization in partnership with the University of Geneva, and with the support of the Réseau universitaire international de Genève/Geneva International Academic Network (RUIG/GIAN).

This casebook collects 64 case studies, each of which raises an important and difficult ethical issue connected with planning, reviewing, or conducting health-related research. The book’s purpose is to contribute to thoughtful analysis of these issues by researchers and members of research ethics committees (RECs, known in some places as ethical review committees or institutional review boards), particularly those involved with studies that are conducted or sponsored internationally.

This collection is envisioned principally as a tool to aid educational programmes, from short workshops on research ethics to in-service learning for scientists and REC members, to formal degree or certificate courses. In such settings, instructors will typically select a number of case studies that will be distributed to the participants to provoke and focus discussion. (To assist those using these case studies in their classrooms and workshops, a teaching guide has been included.) Individuals who want to stimulate their own thinking about research ethics or to become more familiar with a range of real-world dilemmas in international health research, especially in developing countries, may also benefit from perusing this book, either on topics of special interest to them or as a whole

WHO (2009). Casebook on Ethical Issues in International Research.
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Commission welcomes new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity – News alert from EU Commission (March 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on April 2, 2017

The European Commission has received today the new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity aimed at promoting the responsible conduct of research to help improve its quality and reliability.

This new Code was developed by national academies of sciences and humanities through their umbrella organisation, the All European Academies (ALLEA) federation, in close cooperation with the European Commission. Professor Günter Stock, the President of ALLEA, presented the Code to Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

Commissioner Moedas said: “The Commission’s recent White Paper on the Future of Europe shows that we need knowledge and innovation to respond to global challenges and to address the needs of people in the European Union. The public needs full trust in science, and this can only be achieved if the highest level of research ethics and integrity are guaranteed. This goes hand in hand with our Open Science agenda to ensure open access to scientific publications and data. I warmly thank ALLEA and its member academies for producing this new Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. I am sure it will serve as a model for organisations and researchers across Europe.”

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Factsheet about the Code
PDF copy of the Code

Responsibilities in international research: a new look revisited (Papers: Solomon R Benatar & Peter A Singer | 2010)0

Posted by Admin in on March 30, 2017

Following promulgation of the Nuremberg code in 1947, the ethics of research on human subjects has been a challenging and often contentious topic of debate. Escalation in the use of research participants in low-income countries over recent decades (stimulated by the HIV pandemic and the need to carry out clinical trials expeditiously on large numbers of patients), has intensified the debate on the ethics of international research and led to increasing attention both to exploitation of vulnerable subjects and to considerations of how the 10:90 gap in health and medical research (ie, 90% of resources being spent on 10% of the problems) could be narrowed.

In 2000, prompted by the discussions over several years that led to the US NIH launching a capacity building programme on research ethics for members of research ethics committees in developing countries, we advanced a ‘new look’ for the ethics of international research.1 Since then progress has been made on several fronts.

First, our ideas—considered somewhat radical and impractical at the time—have been provocatively addressed by scholars who have either contested them or advanced similar conceptions of what obligations international researchers have to research participants and communities in low income countries before, during and after clinical trials. Second, those researchers who have been sympathetic to our ideas have either endeavoured to put these into practice or have investigated the feasibility of doing so. Third, the intractability of the 10/90 gap and the escalation of interest in global health have sensitised many to the need to amplify the uptake of these ideas in practice

Benatar SR, Singer PA (2010). Responsibilities in international research: a new look revisited. Journal of Medical Ethics 36(4) pp:194-197
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