This week, members of the core research team of a grant-funded project charged with finding ethical ways to include the health needs of pregnant women and their offspring in research efforts addressing emerging public health crises — especially the ongoing Zika crisis — head to Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, the team will conduct a series of meetings and presentations at and around the annual Global Forum for Bioethics in Research (GFBR), where KIE Director and co-principal investigator for the shared grants Maggie Little will offer the keynote address.
Joining the presentation schedule with Dr. Little in Argentina are co-principal investigator Anna Mastroianni and research team members Kristen Sullivan and Carleigh Krubiner. Dr. Mastroianni will join the “Policy and Regulation” plenary panel discussion. Sullivan will present a case entitled “Ethical considerations in developing an evidence base for PrEP in pregnant women”; Krubiner will present a case entitled “Addressing the needs of pregnant women in the Zika response: testing and using a live attenuated Zika vaccine with pregnant women?” The presenters will be joined in Argentina by co-principal investigator Leslie Meltzer Henry and research associate/digital campaign coordinator Marisha Wickremsinhe.
At the GFBR, the team plans to take advantage of the global platform for the exchange and sharing of experience and expertise on research ethics among researchers, research policy makers and ethicists, among others. The GFBR also facilitates debate on ethical, social, legal and public policy issues related to health research, and specifically of research involving countries from the north conducting research in the south. Specific details on panelists and presenters can be found on the organization’s meeting agenda.
This will be the grant team’s second international trip, following one to South Africa earlier this year, in a continued joint effort by researchers at four major US universities to find ethical solutions to gather information to meet women’s health needs during and around pregnancy. This multi-year, multi-site project is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIAID) and Wellcome Trust. Keep up with the team on Twitter and follow the hashtag #gfbr2016 next month for updates and live-tweeting of the event.