Upcoming Seminar: Covid: A case for research exceptionalism?

The current COVID-19 pandemic has reignited calls to amend, adapt and short-cut the research design process. But does the current pandemic and the need for an urgent response necessitate that we rethink our current research models? What can we learn from the discussions that have occurred in and following past outbreaks on appropriate research design, especially the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak? Does there necessarily need to be a trade-off between scientific rigour and speed? What role can ethicists play in supporting the global research community to undertake scientifically and ethically robust research in this current pandemic?

Chair: Gagandeep Kang, Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute of India and member of the steering committee of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition

Speakers:

Clement Adebamowo, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health; Member, Institute of Human Virology, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, and Center for Research in Aging Associate Director (Population Science), Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center Director, Global Health Cancer Research, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Alex John London, PhD Clara L. West Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, Director, Center for Ethics and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Katharine Wright, Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics 

10 August 2020 | 1-2 pm GMT+1 | Full poster here | Register via Zoom

Please note that this seminar is limited to 500 participants. The seminar will be live streamed to The Global Health Network's Facebook page and the recording will be available in the following days.

 

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