The Council has established a new working group to examine how research may be conducted ethically in global health emergencies.The working group includes international expertise in disaster and epidemic response, health systems research, drug development, medicine, ethics, political philosophy, law, data sharing, community engagement, and the history of medicine.We are delighted to announce that the members of the working group are:

  • Michael Parker, Director of the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford (Chair)
  • Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Professor in the History of Medicine, Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories, and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories, University of York
  • Karl Blanchet, Director of the Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Simon Caney, Council member, and Professor of Political Theory, University of Warwick
  • Emily Chan, Professor and Assistant Dean (Development), Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Director of the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC); Visiting Professor, Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine; and Visiting Scholar, FXB Center, Harvard University
  • Beatriz da Costa Thomé, Clinical Research and Development Manager, Instituto Butantan; physician affiliated to the Preventive Medicine Department at the Medical School of the Federal University of São Paulo, Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Philippe Guérin, Director of the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory and Senior Scientist at the University of Oxford
  • Julian Hughes, Council member, and RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the University of Bristol
  • Patricia Kingori, Ethics Fellow and University Research Lecturer, University of Oxford
  • Heidi Larson, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project
  • Soka Moses, Physician, Ministry of Health, Monrovia, Liberia; Site Physician, Ebola survivor Natural History Cohort Study (PREVAIL III) and Partnership for Ebola Virus Research in Liberia (PREVAIL)
  • Sharifah Sekalala, Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick
  • Julian Sheather, Special Adviser in ethics and human rights to the British Medical Association and an ethics adviser to Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Paulina Tindana, Bioethicist / Deputy Chief Health Research Officer at Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service

The working group will hold their first meeting in February to discuss their plans for the project. Biographies of the working group members and more information about the project are available on our website.