Call For Abstracts: Research Ethics: Current Challenges in Preclinical, Clinical Public Health Research

Call for Abstracts

Research Ethics: Current Challenges in Preclinical, Clinical Public Health Research

An international conference for young scholars

August 26-30, 2013 at Hannover Medical School, Germany

Deadline for Abstracts: April 15, 2013

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The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) sponsors a five-day interdisciplinary conference that takes up innovative and practice-oriented questions of all fields of research ethics from 15 young scholars (PhD-students and post-docs). The conference includes four meet-the-expert workshops (see above).

Participants are paid all travel and accommodation costs and an additional expense allowance of 300 € for preparing a manuscript until January 31, 2014 that shall be published in an anthology or supplement of a notable publisher or journal edited by the conference organizers.

All participants give an oral presentation (30 min) of their research findings, which will then be discussed in a plenary session (30 min). The conference language is English. The topics of the participants’ contributions should be classifiable as (i) descriptive/empirical analyses of ethical challenges in current preclinical/clinical/public health research, or (ii) normative analyses of specific cases and problem areas in preclinical/clinical/public health research, or (iii) analyses of foundational concepts of research ethics.

The conference is open to scholars (i) from the fields of biomedicine, clinical research, nursing science, public health and other disciplines directly involved in these fields of research, and (ii) from the fields of biomedical ethics, philosophy, law, social sciences and other disciplines involved in research about ethical, legal and social issues concerning preclinical/clinical/public health research.

Expert-Workshops (all experts have confirmed their participation)

Workshop A: Gene transfer and the ethics of phase I-research

  • Jonathan Kimmelman, McGill University, Canada
  • Christopher Baum, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Workshop B: Risk-benefit analysis. How to improve structure and transparency

  • Annette Rid, King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Heiner Raspe, University of Lubeck, Germany

Workshop C: Consenting to biobank research

  • Roger Brownsword, King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Nils Hoppe, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

Workshop D: New trends in transparency and data sharing in biomedical research

  • Gerd Antes, University of Freiburg, Cochrane Collaboration, Germany
  • Arnold Ganser, Hannover Medical School, Germany

Workshop E: Networks, funding, publications. Experiences from the research ethics community

  • Annette Rid, Nils Hoppe, Daniel Strech


Please send your application to until April 15th 2013. It should contain: 1) an abstract (max. 500 words), 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a publication list.

After internal and external peer review, all applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their presentation by April 30th 2013 latest.

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Chairs (all from Hannover Medical School)

Daniel Strech, MD, PhD (CELLS – Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)

Christopher Baum, MD (Institute of Experimental Hematology, President of Hannover Medical School)

Arnold Ganser, MD (Clinic for Haematology, Haemostaseology and Oncology)


Marcel Mertz, MA

Irene Hirschberg, MD, MPH

Institute for History, Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine

CELLS – Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences

Hannover Medical School

Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, 30625 Hannover, Germany

Phone: 0049-511 532-8241 (Hirschberg) or -2709 (Strech)

Dr Annette Rid
Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Society
Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine
King’s College London
K4U.14 Kings Building
London WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 207 848 7113

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