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Our First Research Ethics Lecture Series event of the Spring Semester is on Feb 26 at 5pm with Nancy Kass

International Research Ethics: Experiences of researchers and participants in the field, and moving forward with ethics training


When: Feb 26, 2014 from 5:00pm 
Where: 102 Paterno Library

Contact: Rob Peeler, 

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This presentation will outline the expectations and norms for research ethics generally and how they play out in some examples from low and middle income countries. Data will be presented from two studies: one with U.S. based researchers who conduct research in low and middle income countries about the ethics and IRB issues they have faced, and one with participants from clinical trials in LMIC settings. The presentation will then move to describing a large Fogarty-funded and Africa-based training program in research ethics, what it has tried to accomplish, what the successes and challenges have been, and strategies to evaluating such training programs.

Nancy Kass

Nancy Kass, ScD, is the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Deputy Director for Public Health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics. In 2009-2010, Dr. Kass was based in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was working with the World Health Organization (WHO) Ethics Review Committee Secretariat.

Dr. Kass received her BA from Stanford University, completed doctoral training in health policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and was awarded a National Research Service Award to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in bioethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Dr. Kass conducts empirical work in bioethics and health policy. Her publications are primarily in the field of U.S. and international research ethics, ethics and learning health care systems, HIV/AIDS ethics policy, public health ethics, and ethics of public health preparedness. She is co-editor of HIV, AIDS and Childbearing: Public Policy, Private Lives (Oxford University Press, 1996).

Dr. Kass co-chaired the National Cancer Institute Committee to develop Recommendations for Informed Consent Documents for Cancer Clinical Trials, and served on the NCI’s central IRB. She has served as consultant to the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and to the National Academy of Sciences. Current research projects examine ethics for a learning healthcare system including quality improvement and comparative effectiveness, informed consent in randomized trials, ethics issues that arise in international health research and ethics and public health preparedness. Dr. Kass teaches the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s course on U.S. and International Research Ethics and Integrity, is the director of the School’s PhD program in bioethics and health policy, and is the director of the Johns Hopkins Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program. Dr. Kass is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the Hastings Center.

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Part of the Research Ethics Lecture Series.

This lecture is SARI@PSU approved for participation credit. This credit is only given to those who attend the live, on-campus lecture in person.

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