Disaster Bioethics Symposium 2011

On April 3-5, 2011, a symposium on Disaster Bioethics was held at the Brocher Foundation near Geneva, Switzerland. This Symposium brought together a distinguished group of international experts to examine bioethics in the context of disasters. One of the aims of the Symposium was to produce resources which would help to stimulate and promote further discussion of disaster bioethics. The materials are being developed into an edited volume called Disaster Bioethics which will be published by Springer in 2012.

We are grateful for the funding provided for the symposium by Brocher FoundationPorticus UK, The Cochrane Collaboration and Dublin City University. For further information, contact donal.omathuna@dcu.ie

The presentations are listed in the order in which they were given. Clicking on the title will lead to a pdf of the PowerPoint slides.   Note: some files are very large. Audio files of the presentations will be available here in the near future. The original programme for the symposium is available here.

Evidence and healthcare needs during disasters; Aasim Ahmad, Chairperson Bioethics Group, Aga Khan University and Chief Nephrologist, The Kidney Centre, Karachi, Pakistan

Setting disaster research priorities; Virginia Murray, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection, Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards, UK Health Protection Agency, London, UK

Ethical issues in pandemic communications; Joseph Scanlon, Professor Emeritus, Emergency Communications Research Unit, Carleton University, Canada

Micro-triage in the midst of disasters; Michael Barilan, MD, Tel Aviv University, Israel

When relief comes from a different culture; Athula Sumathipala, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London and Director, Institute for Research & Development, Sri Lanka

Preparing and taking care of the carers; Herman Delooz, Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Caring for disaster researchers; Wolf Dombrowsky, Prof. dr., Steinbeis University, Berlin, Germany

Caring for disaster researchers; Ruth Macklin, Professor of Bioethics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA

Macro-triage in disaster planning; Henk ten Have, Director, Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA

Research ethics governance in disaster situations; Doris Schopper, MD, DrPH, Chairperson, Ethics Review Board, Médicins Sans Frontières, Geneva, Switzerland

Anticipating ethical concerns during disaster research: perspectives from South Africa; Keymanthri Moodley, Head of Bioethics Unit, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Benefit and harm assessment in healthcare research and practice in disaster settings; Evelyne Shuster, PhD, Medical Ethicist, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, USA

Benefit and harm assessment in healthcare research and practice in disaster settings; George Annas, Professor of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, Boston University, USA

Recent disasters and ethical issues in health management in Pakistan; Badaruddin Abbasi, Director, National Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Network, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Health, Pakistan

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