Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics - Intensive Courses

Next to the full time programme (www.masterbioethics.org), the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics offers Intensive Courses in Leuven, Nijmegen and Padova. These intensive courses are open for everybody. Since the intensive courses are part of the Master programme, participants of the intensive courses will join Master students from all over the world. For the Academic Year 2014-2015, the University of Padova organizes the following two intensive courses open to external participants:

 

Healthcare Ethics Committees

April 20-22, 2015 - Padova, Italy
Scientific coordinator: Corrado Viafora
Course coordinators: Corrado Viafora, Enrico Furlan
 
Over the past thirty years Healthcare Ethics Committees (HECs) have been identified, especially in the West, as the main tool to root and support bioethical reflection in Healthcare Institutions.
Indeed, under certain conditions, they have proved of great help in (a) increasing the level of perception and analysis of the new healthcare-related ethical issues; (b) integrating different professional expertise and ethical perspectives; (c) promoting a real communication between healthcare institutions and the society at large.
The three main functions through which HECs express their potential are: (1) ethical analysis of clinical cases; (2) institutional guidelines’ development; (3) bioethical education.
The aim of the course is to provide participants with conceptual frames and practical tools to effectively perform the above mentioned three functions. Furthermore, it aims at providing practical suggestions to setting up and running a network of HECs and to educate HEC members.

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Ethics of Pediatric Research

May 18-20, 2015 - Padova, Italy
Scientific coordinator: Corrado Viafora
Course coordinators: Dena Davis, Mariassunta Piccinni

Of all types of research involving human subjects, research on children is the one which has undergone the most profound evolution: from the initial banning to prevent any exploitation of vulnerable subjects, to the widespread recognition of the need for this research in order to grant children treatments and drugs that have been specifically tested for that population.
As a consequence of the moral and epistemological justification of pediatric research, the number of studies involving children is rapidly increasing all around the world.
This phenomenon requires however the refinement of the traditional moral requirements of biomedical research (especially informed consent and risk assessment) in order to adapt them to the specific characteristics of children.
This challenge must be taken up by all people involved in pediatric research (especially members of Research Ethics Committees) who wish to promote excellence in research while granting children the necessary protection, avoiding in particular the risk that economical pressure compromise the moral and scientific soundness of the studies.
Contents of the course include: (1) the evolution of the debate on the ethics of pediatric research; (2) scientific and methodological requirements of pediatric research; (3) normative requirements of research with children; (4) the issue of risk in pediatric research; (5) consent and assent in pediatric research; (6) ethical and social issues in vaccine research with children, in pediatric transplantation research and in pediatric genetic research.

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