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2019 Advancing Ethical Research Conference


2019 Advancing Ethical Research Conference was held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, United States on November 18 to 20. The conference is one of the large-scale conferences organized by the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM & R) to address emerging issues and development on research ethics. This year, the conference is dedicated to the promotion of research ethics practice and knowledge, with a theme on Research Ethics.

The chairman of the organizer welcomed guests to 2019 Advancing Ethical Research Conference at the Opening Ceremony.


The three-day conference featured keynote speeches, panel sessions, and a total of around 90 lectures on ethical issues regarding the research of women's health, ethical issues and risk assessment in suicide research, single Institutional Review Boards (IRB) review, artificial intelligence issues that have played an important role in medical and technological development in recent years, and emerging research ethic topics in human research protection and academic research ethics investigation.


The organizer also invited speakers from relevant U.S. government agencies involved in research ethics and human research protection, such as the Office for Human Research Protections, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. As most of the participants at the conference were university or hospital research ethics-related personnel or supervisors, the conference opened up opportunities for exchange and sharing. The topics which focused on human body research-related regulations and ethical review practices were of great help in the implementation of review tasks. Since many laws and regulations on human body research in Taiwan have been drafted with reference to American standards, the conference proved to be an invaluable opportunity for understanding the actual practices and experiences from different government agencies.

DHHS' s Office for Human Research Protections conducting a seminar with attendees.


In the field of research ethics, conferences on such a large scale are not common. The conference coincided with the implementation of the Common Rule starting this January in the U.S., in which the U.S. government has conducted reviews and examinations on different IRB with the new law. This conference was a truly invaluable and fruitful opportunity to gain insight into the practice of the implementation of relevant systems and academic exchanges.