The FHM Research Career Development Group hosted a session on ethics in research. The session titled 'Ethics in Research: Doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching!' took place at Lancaster University on July 11th 2012.
During 4 hours of thought provoking and at times highly participatory and interactive seminars, we explored whether everything that's legal is also ethical and how this is relevant to health research. This covered perspectives from bioethics, the law and vulnerable individuals, to the FHM's framework of ethics applications, reviews and the authorisation processes at UREC.
The event started with Professor Hazel Biggs, Professor of Healthcare Law & Bioethics, University of Southampton, internationally recognised for her contribution to ethics in research. Her talk focused on the ethical issues around research and vulnerable individuals. Lancaster University's Dr Amanda Bingley, Lecturer in Health Research, member of the FHM REC, DHR, revealed to us the impact that visual media has on research and the ethical frameworks that need to be considered so that such powerful tools can be used appropriately. Dr Sarah Taylor and Debbie Knight, Research Officers UREC, Lancaster University, offered a comprehensive introduction to ethical review and authorisation processes at Lancaster University.
Professor Paul Bates, FHM Dean of Research, welcomed the speakers and the attendees.
Download links for the session programme and the presentations given on the day can be accessed from the information box on the right.