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Attend the Third Annual Teaching Skills in International Research Ethics Workshop

TaSkR IIIThe IU Center for Bioethics and the IU-Moi University Academic Research Ethics Partnership will host its annual Teaching Skills in International Research Ethics (TaSkR) workshop April 12-14 in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, room 1110.

This workshop will focus primarily on the ethics of research involving human subjects—both behavioral and biomedical—conducted in an international forum, as well as developing stronger pedagogical skills.

The workshop will be attended by over 40 participants plus faculty facilitators.  Participants include faculty who teach within the broad domain of international research ethics, whether this is in the classroom, through lectures, or mentoring students, fellows, and post-docs.  Attendees include faculty who teach in medicine, public health, behavioral science, and a number of liberal arts subjects.  Our guest speakers include: Henk ten Have (University of Duquesne) Peter Schwartz (Indiana University), Margaret Gaffney (Indiana University), Edwin Were (Moi University), Kenneth Goodman (University of Miami), Martin Were (Indiana University), Charles Rotimi (National Institutes of Health), and David Ayuku (Moi University).  We will be joined by Joseph Ali (Johns Hopkins University), Ross Upshur (University of Toronto), Henry Silverman (University of Maryland), and Solomon Benatar (University of Toronto, University of Cape Town). TaSkR will also include an African Fogarty Director’s Roundtable discussion.  We hope this discussion will lead to mutual problem solving strategies and enhance collaboration between the African Fogarty Directors.

There is no cost to attend.  For more information or to register, contact Kalli D. McBride, JD, at kdmcbrid@iupui.edu.

NSF Requires Ethics Education: Research Ethics in the News

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will require all institutions applying for funding to provide ethics education for grantees. The new requirement, reported in the Federal Register [August 20, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 160), 42126-42128], will go into effect on January 4, 2010. At that time, grant proposals to NSF must describe “a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.”

Bob Grant at The Scientist acquired comments from John Galland and John Dahlberg (from the Office of Research Integrity) on the news. Galland pointed to the difference between the NSF and the NIH approach to encouraging the responsible conduct of research. Both Galland and Dahlberg see research ethics education as a wise investment, but Dahlberg cautions, “There are still going to be bad actors.”

During the public comment period the new guidelines received 188 comments, many of these included concerns about training guidance and access to online resources. In response, the NSF points to existing and recently NSF funded ethics education resources, including:

Also see a report detailing the results of an NSF workshop on ethics education is available from the National Academy of Engineering:

National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Ethics Education and Scientific and Engineering Research: What’s Been Learned? What Should Be Done? Summary of a Workshop at the National Academies Keck Center, August 25–26, 2008. Available from: http://www.nae.edu/?ID=14646

Other Research Ethics News

Roger Collier. Prevalence of ghostwriting spurs calls for transparency. CMAJ. September 9, 2009.

Karen J. Maschke. Disputes over Research with Residual Newborn Screening Blood Specimens. Bioethics Forum. September 8, 2009.

Andrew Pollack. First Stem Cell Drug Fails 2 Late-Stage Clinical Trials. The New York Times. September 8, 2009.

Public Health Association (NZ). Maori team produce new ethical research guidelines. Scoop. September 3, 2009.

Katherine Harmon. Should Doctors Disclose Conflicts of Interest to Trial Patients? Scientific American. August 27, 2009.

– J.O.

Ethical and Policy Issues in International Research, Fall 2009

Please see the attached detailed summary for PHL 555 “Ethical and Policy Issues in International Research,” which will be taught this fall by Dr. Eric Meslin, Director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics. The class will be held once a week in the IU Center for Bioethics conference room, 3rd floor of the HITS building, Friday mornings from 9am-11:40am. Class begins August 28th and is limited to 15 students.

In addition to counting as a specialized elective for the MA or Graduate Certificate in Bioethics, PHL 555 serves as one of the foundational courses for the MA program’s new concentration in International Research Ethics that will be launched this fall. This new concentration has been developed in cooperation with Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya and is supported by a grant from the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. Further details will be forthcoming later in the summer.

Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D