2011 Webinar: International Research

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International Research: Applying Ethical Principles and Research Guidelines in Global Settings focused on the following topics:

  • Working with IRBs: Challenges of applying the terms of your federalwide assurance (FWA) in international research settings and of teaching US IRBs about global research contexts
  • Obtaining informed consent: Meeting the ethical goals of consent requirements in settings with oral rather than written traditions; navigating gender and power relationships in consent authority; honoring commitments to communities; and developing strategies for community engagement
  • Evaluating risks and benefits in variable risk environments: Do researchers have a duty to minimize the non-research related risks of daily life? What are researchers’ obligations to address study participants’ non-study-related medical conditions?
  • Ensuring equitable distribution of research findings: What are researchers’ obligations to the participants? 


The target audience for this webinar included IRB chairs, administrators, staff, and members, institutional officials, and others engaged with HRPPs/IRBs, who are involved in research in global settings.


David A. Borasky, Jr., MPH, CIP
David, A. Borasky, works in the office of research protection at RTI International. He has over 12 years of experience managing institutional review boards, as well as facilitating training activities on basic research ethics and IRB operations and function for research staff and their collaborators worldwide. He is a co-author of the award-winning Research Ethics Training Curriculum and the Research Ethics Training Curriculum for Community Representatives, which together have been used to train individuals in over 70 countries. He is a contributing author of Institutional Review Board: Management and Function (Amdur and Bankert, eds.). In addition, Mr. Borasky has provided hands-on assistance to IRBs throughout North America, Africa and Asia, specializing in capacity building activities for IRBs in low-resource settings. He has served as a consultant for the WHO, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Fogarty International Center and numerous other institutions. Mr. Borasky is proud to be a Certified IRB Professional® (CIP), and a member of the PRIM&R Board of Directors and a past president of the membership group. He frequently lectures on the challenges of the review of research in developing country settings, and has published articles on research ethics training and international perspectives on informed consent.

Nancy Kass, ScD
Nancy Kass, is the Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Deputy Director for Public Health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics. In 2009-2010, Dr. Kass worked with the WHO ethics review committee secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. She received her BA from Stanford University, completed doctoral training in health policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and was awarded a National Research Service Award to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in bioethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Dr. Kass conducts empirical work in bioethics and health policy, and her publications are primarily about HIV/AIDS policy, public health ethics, U.S. and international research ethics, and genetics policy. She is coeditor (with Ruth Faden) of HIV, AIDS and Childbearing: Public Policy, Private Lives (Oxford University Press, 1996). Dr. Kass co-chaired the NCI Committee to develop Recommendations for Informed Consent Documents for Cancer Clinical Trials, and served on the NCIs central IRB. She has served as consultant to the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and to the National Academy of Sciences. She currently serves on the Ethics Advisory Committee to the Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Current research projects examine informed consent in randomized trials, ethics issues that arise in international health research and ethics and public health preparedness. Dr. Kass is director of the School’s PhD program in bioethics and health policy and is director of the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program. Dr. Kass is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the Hastings Center.