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Workshop on the Ethics of Research Related to Healthcare in Developing Countries
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12 - 14 February 2004
Cape Town, South Africa
 
Competition for Participation
Closing date for applications: 1 September 2003
 
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics published a Report, the ethics of 
research related to healthcare in developing countries, in April 
2002. The Report recommends that medical research in developing coun-
tries which is funded by organisations in wealthier countries is cru-
cial but must be subject to rigorous ethical safeguards. The Report 
provides an ethical framework for anyone who is designing or conduct-
ing externally-sponsored research in the developing world.
 
A follow-up Workshop will be held in February 2004 to explore devel-
opments in this area since the publication of the Report. The Work-
shop, co-hosted by the South African MRC and the Nuffield Council on 
Bioethics, will bring together researchers who are actively involved 
in externally-sponsored research related to healthcare in developing 
countries, for three days in Cape Town. The focus of the Workshop 
will be to discuss and debate ethical and regulatory issues raised by 
new and recently revised guideline s and to identify obstacles to the 
effective implementation.
 
Applications are invited from those involved in externally-sponsored 
research related to healthcare in developing countries. Suitable 
delegates would include field workers, senior investigators, physi-
cians, regulators, members of ethics review committees, sponsors of 
research and representatives from training institutions. Preference 
will be given to participants from developing countries.
 
The Workshop is limited to approximately 50 participants, including 
speakers, to enable focused and active discussion of the issues. Suc-
cessful applicants may additionally be invited to give a presenta-
tion, to act as discussant or to chair a Session.
 
Programme
 
The Workshop will focus on four main areas: standards of care, con-
sent, what happens when research is over, and research priorities. 
These will be considered using case studies from three areas of re-
search: acute disease, chronic disease and preventive treatments. The 
impact of recent developments and revisions to guidelines will be 
considered from the perspective of three main user groups - research-
ers, reviewers and sponsors of research. The programme will include 
plenary sessions and breakout groups to encourage further discussion. 
All sessions will be conducted in English.
 
For more information, see the draft programme at: 
http://www.nuffieldbioethics.org/developingcountries
 
Applications
 
Please apply in writing including:
 
* An account explaining why you would like to take part in the Work-
  shop, how you think you would benefit, and how you might be able to 
  contribute. We would be particularly interested to hear of difficult 
  ethical issues which you have encountered in respect to externally-
  sponsored research related to healthcare and how they were addressed. 
  (not more than 500 words)
* CV (1 page)
* A description of your current research project (150 words)
* A list of recent scientific publications, especially those relating 
  to clinical or field trials
* Name and contact details of one referee

Deadline for applications 1 September 2003
 
Awards
 
Successful applicants will receive an award to cover:
* return travel to the meeting (standard airfare)
* accommodation (3 nights)
* full board
* copy of any publication resulting from the meeting
* registration for the meeting.
 
Participants will be expected to meet all other costs.
 
All applications will be considered by the Steering Committee. Deci-
sions will be made on the basis of the applicants experience in the 
use of guidelines in the context of practical research, ethical re-
view or sponsoring research. The Steering Committee will also con-
sider areas of expertise, and will seek to provide a balanced repre-
sentation of countries at different levels of development. Not all 
participants will necessarily be selected from applicants to this 
call for participation.
 
The Steering Committee's decision will be final. Successful appli-
cants will be informed in September 2003.
 
Please send your application to:
 
Nuffield Council on Bioethics
28 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3JS, UK
Fax: +44-20-7637-1712
mailto:bioethics@nuffieldfoundation.org
 
Further details, including membership of the Steering Committee, can 
be found on the Nuffield Council website:
http://www.nuffieldbioethics/developingcountries
 
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Nicola Perrin
Public Liaison Officer
Nuffield Council on Bioethics
28 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3JS, UK
Tel: +44-20-7681-9627
Fax: +44-20-7637-1712
http://www.nuffieldbioethics.org

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