May 25, 2011

Registration open for ethical research collaboration conference

Registration is now open for a conference,  Ethical Considerations in Research Collaborations, planned for Sept. 22-23 at the University of Washington. Nationally recognized speakers from across the country will focus on ethical challenges in three areas of research collaborations:

  • University-industry collaboration
  • Researcher to researcher collaboration
  • Collaboration in the International Arena

The theme of the conference is “Ensuring an Ethical Foundation for Interdisciplinary Collaborations in Biomedical Research and the Provision of Public Health Services.” The UW and Region X of the Public Health Service are presenting the conference with funding from the Office of Research Integrity of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Research and delivery of public health services is no longer constrained by geography, culture or resources,” said David Eaton, interim vice provost for research.  “This conference will provide a realistic path forward for building or enhancing ethical foundations for collaborative research and public health service. Participants will take home suggested best practices, documents, educational materials, and will create new networks for industry and cross cultural collaborations.”

Speakers will present a broad range of concepts, experiences, policy directives and best practices for developing and maintaining individual and institutional ethical foundations for research. The conference will provide suggested approaches for assuring responsiveness to the NIH, NSF and other sponsor requirements for graduate student and post-doctoral mentoring and inclusion of Responsible Conduct of Research training for students and researchers.

Researchers, physicians, compliance officials, educators, central and departmental research administrators, attorneys and government employees are the intended audience for the conference, said Jeffrey Cheek, associate vice provost for research compliance & operations in the Office of Research.  He said graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are especially encouraged to attend, and that attendees should consider bringing an institutional team with them to include the chief compliance officer, director of sponsored programs and the vice provost for research to work with the groups to identify and develop tactical methods for instituting best practices into their organizations.

The agenda and registration materials are online. For questions or additional information, email oriconf@uw.edu. The conference is sponsored by the UW Office of Research, the UW Institute for Translational Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Childrens Hospital.