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E-drug: Ethical Issues in International Health Research
[crossposted from Afronets with thanks.  We had a discussion about 
these issues on e-drug a while ago.  BS]

Course: June 11 - 15, 2001
Boston, Massachusetts

As more research is conducted in developing countries, ethical issues
that reflect differences in cultures, politics, wealth, standards of
care, individual and group rights, and priorities are surfacing with
increasing frequency. The present ethical codes are not always 
sufficient for the broad new set of problems faced by funders of 
international health research, members of Ethical Review Boards, 
government agencies, and researchers themselves.

Why You Should Attend
To address current issues, anticipate potential future problems, and
facilitate productive communication, this interactive program draws
on the combined talents of leaders in the field. Participants from
both developing and industrialized countries have an opportunity to
compare experiences, receive expert advice, and voice their concerns
in five days of lectures, case studies, and panel discussions. 
Recognizing that current guidelines are both subject to 
interpretation and
likely to create conflict, the program encourages candid comments,
questions, and open critique of available materials.

What You Will Learn
* Current standard guidelines for international health research
* Approaches to controversial issues, such as individual versus group
   rights, and standards of care
* Ethical issues concerning conflicts of interest and confidentiality
* Responsibilities of the investigator, including plagiarism and who
   owns ideas and specimens
* The role of medical journals, the press, and others in maintaining
   ethical standards

Who Should Attend
Ethical Issues in International Health Research is intended for 
individuals involved in all areas of international health research, 
including medicine, anthropology, epidemiology, education, journalism,
political science and law; government, foundations, and industry 
officials with funding responsibilities; and members of institutional
and governmental review boards.

Key Topics
* Ethical Guidelines for Research Involving Human Subjects 
(Declaration of Helsinki and CIOMS guidelines, NIH)
* Research in Resource Poor Environments
* Cultural Absolutism vs. Cultural Relativism
* Informed Consent
* Confidentiality
* Conflict of Interest
* Standards of Care
* Responsibility of Researchers to the Community
* Issues in Genetic Research
* Research in Refugee Populations

For an example of the cases offered, please check:

Scholarship Assistance
The Harvard School of Public Health may be able to obtain tuition 
assistance for individuals who would not be able to attend without 
outside support. Please complete the program registration form and 
include a letter stating the need for assistance.

Program Fee
Course fee of US$ 1,650 includes:
* Continuing education credit up to 32 CEUs
* Daily continental breakfasts, breaks, and lunches
* Two special functions
* Comprehensive reference manual to take home
* Harvard certificate of attendance

Program Location
All classes take place at the Harvard School of Public Health, 
located in the heart of the Harvard Medical Campus in Boston. The 
School is within walking distance of Fenway Park and Boston's 
world-renowned museums.

For more information contact:

Harvard School of Public Health
Center for Continuing Professional Education
677 Huntington Avenue
CCPE - Dept. A
Boston, MA02115-6096, USA
Tel: +1-617-432-1171
Fax: +1-617-432-1969
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