Advancing Research Ethics in Asia and the Pacific Virtual Workshop – Nov 18-19, 2020

All times refer to Singapore Time (GMT + 8)

Program Description
Goals: This workshop is designed to enhance the knowledge of individuals involved in the conduct and review of important research that occurs in Asia and the Pacific Region.
By the end of this workshop, the attendee will be able to:
1. Discuss current controversies in research occurring in Asia and the Pacific Region
2. Analyze the ethical aspects of such research
3. Enhance ethical review of current research

Program Format:
We will present two half-day general sessions on each day of the workshop.
General Sessions will be streamed live each day.

Morning General Session:      9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Afternoon General Session:   1:00 PM  to 3:00 PM
Format for each general session:
1. Speaker presentation of the topic followed by Q&A – 30 minutes
2. Break-out groups for participants to discuss a case study – 60 minutes
3. Re-convene the large group to discuss each group’s response – 30 minutes

On Days 1 and 2
12:00 – 1:00 pm
-ePoster sessions
  3:30 – 4:30 pm -oral abstract presentations. Presenters will have 10 minutes for                                          presentations followed by Q&A for 5 minutes.

Day 1
Morning Session 1Ethics of conducting and reviewing research involving Covid-19:The Covid-19 pandemic has generated a multitude of studies investigating therapeutics as well as research involving the psycho-social behavioral effects on individuals.  This session will explore issues involving study designs during pandemics, crisis standards of care, use of placebos in control groups, and challenges when collecting data virtually.

Afternoon Session 2Ethics of research involving vulnerable populations with a focus on migrants, refugees and stateless persons: Migration in Asia has resulted in populations in unstable conditions facing difficulty accessing health, education and employment. Research in this area can be fraught with legal and political issues and involves diverse ethical considerations.

Day 2
Morning Session 1
Ethical challenges in research addressing health inequity during the COVID-19 pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified health inequities in populations around the world. This session will focus on how research can address these inequities and the related ethical considerations.

Afternoon Session 2Ethics of community engagement in implementation research:  Implementation research addresses the practical challenges in real world settings, by linking research and practice to accelerate the development and delivery of interventions. This session will explore the ethical challenges faced with such research.

Contact Information
Please contact Henry Silverman or Veena Pillai with any questions regarding the workshop.