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This is a course about history, ethics, and policies of biomedical research involving human beings. Students will be introduced to evolution of social attitudes towards research enterprise. We follow the development of research ethics from researcher paternalism, through scandals and tragedies, to the most recent call for learning healthcare systems.
The course will present the most important questions of research ethics: What are the basic ethical principles for biomedical research? What constitutes informed consent? How to justly enroll participants into biomedical research? What is exploitation in the context of medical experimentation? Should research be an instrument of social justice in the world of inequalities? What is the age of consent/assent in case of research participation? What are the additional ethical considerations in low-income settings? Do researchers have the same moral obligations as physicians? What is the difference between research and practice of medicine?
Students will also be introduced to the legal regulations of research involving humans in the EU and the US, as well as to the most influential ethical guidelines concerning research (e. g. the Declaration of Helsinki, the Belmont Report, the Oviedo Convention, CIOMS Guidelines). The course is designed so that students will not only acquire knowledge and information, but also enhance their discussion and presentation skills, reading with understanding, and logical reasoning skills.
The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Annual Conference connects individuals and groups across many disciplines, all with interest in clinical and academic bioethics and health-related humanities. The conference provides a platform for presenting new ideas, debate, discussion, learning and networking with other professionals in related fields.
After participating in this meeting, attendees should be able to:
- Discuss emerging issues in bioethics and the medical humanities
- Discuss and apply recent research findings related to bioethics and the medical humanities
- Reflect on the issues related to the future and uncertainty in bioethics and the medical humanities
Session topics include:
- Clinical ethics and clinical ethics consultation
- Religion, culture and social sciences
- Arts and literature
- Philosophy and history
- Research ethics and empirical research
- Law, public health policy, organizational ethics
- Education and inter-professional studies
- Diversity, disparity and inclusion
The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa) will hold the World Conference in Jerusalem during November 27-29, 2018. The aim of the Conference is to serve as an international platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
The Conference will be held in collaboration with the World Medical Association, the World Federation for Medical Education, the International Federation of Medical Students Associations, and other leading organizations. The Heads and the members of more than 170 Units of the Chair from all over the world will attend the Conference. Hundreds of experts from various disciplines are expected to join them and enrich the scientific program.