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Ethical issues in human subjects eye research when responding to a crisis: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

Free webinar: Nov. 11, 10 - 11:30am EDT
FREE to members

The coronavirus SARS-COV-2 and its associated disease, COVID-19, have had profound global effects on the ability to continue scientific research involving human subjects. Investigators leading and participating in these studies need to manage new ethical, health and safety issues in the presence of this highly infectious and potentially fatal disease. Additionally, investigators must account for this major confounding factor when analyzing the research data. 

This webinar will explore:

  • how earlier outbreaks have shaped the response to SARS-COV-2/COVID- 19
  • the ethical and safety issues specific to vision research and COVID-19
  • how a major interruption or shutdown may impact experimental design and data analysis

The perspective of an institutional review board (IRB) will also be shared. Participants will leave the webinar with advice and strategies for managing the ethical, health and safety issues around conducting human studies research in the COVID-19 era. 

Attendees are encouraged to raise questions about the challenges they are encountering during this time.

This webinar is hosted by the Ethics and Regulations in Human Research Committee and provided at no charge. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to all attendees.

Register for the webinar

Moderators

Lyndell Lim
Lyndell Lim, PhD, Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne

Sangita Patel
Sangita P. Patel, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University at Buffalo


Russell Woods
Russell Woods, PhD, Associate Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute; Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School

Speakers

David Lye
Perspectives from crises past: the SARS experience
David Lye, MBBS, FRACP, FAMS, FRCP, Associate Professor, Director, Infectious Disease Research and Training Office, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Singapore


James Chodosh
Ethical issues specific to vision research and COVID-19
James Chodosh, MD, MPH, Clinician Scientist, Massachusetts Eye and Ear



Martha Jones
The IRB perspective on wide-spread study shutdown
Martha F. Jones, MA, CIP, Vice President of Human Research Affairs, Mass General Brigham


Traci Clemons
Statistical considerations around analysis of disrupted studies and potential confounding from COVID-19
Traci Clemons, PhD, Senior Biostatistician and Project Leader, The Emmes Company