Conference to Address Ethical Controversies in Medical Research Involving Children

Children’s Center for Pediatric Bioethics in Seattle, the nation’s first center for bioethics dedicated solely to the study of research and healthcare for children, today announced plans for its first annual conference on pediatric bioethics on July 22 and 23, 2005 in Seattle, Wash.


Children’s Center for Pediatric Bioethics in Seattle, the nation’s first center for bioethics dedicated solely to the study of research and healthcare for children, today announced plans for its first annual conference on pediatric bioethics on July 22 and 23, 2005 in Seattle, Wash.

The conference will focus on current federal regulations that govern research with children to assess if regulations are protective enough, include suitable child assent, and appropriately manage conflicts of interest among healthcare providers, industry, and patient families.

[We will] address some of the most controversial topics in research involving children.
~ Treuman Katz

“We have invited outstanding leaders in the field of bioethics to address some of the most controversial topics in research involving children,” said Treuman Katz, president and CEO at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle.

“By addressing the complex ethical issues that affect patients, families, healthcare institutions, and research involving children, we hope the conference results will aid in promoting the highest standards of medical ethics and protections of patient rights in pediatric research and healthcare.”

Speakers will include:

Jerome P. Kassirer, MD
Distinguished Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Emeritus Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine
Author, On The Take: How Medicine’s Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health

Albert R. Jonsen, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Ethics in Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Association of Bioethics & Humanities
Author, The Birth of Bioethics; A Short History of Medical Ethics; The New Medicine and the Old Ethics

Wylie Burke, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Medical History & Ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the American Medical Association

Eric Kodish, MD
F.J. O’N eill Professor and Chairman, Department of Bioethics, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Editor, Ethics & Research with Children: A Case-Based Approach

Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Chicago
Assistant Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
Author, Children in Medical Research: Access versus Protection; Children, Families & Health Care Decision-Making

Norman Fost, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin
Director, Program in Medical Ethics, University of Wisconsin
Former Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics National Committee on Bioethics
Recipient, William G. Bartholome Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics for Excellence in Ethics

Anna Mastroianni, JD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Law & Public Health Genetics, University of Washington School of Law, Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics

Robert M. Nelson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Subcommittee on Research Involving Children, of the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH
Associate Professor Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Medical History and Ethics
Interim Director, Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center

Bonnie Ramsey, MD
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, University of Washington School of Medicine
Therapeutic Development Network Coordinating Center and Co-Director, Clinical Research Center

F. Bruder Stapleton, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center

Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Child Health Institute at the University of Washington and Associate Editor of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

“The conference will encourage collaboration among national experts in pediatric bioethics and be a forum for institutions, researchers and physicians to discuss the relationship between pediatric research, healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry,” said F. Bruder Stapleton, MD, pediatrician-in-chief at Children’s and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine.

About the Center for Pediatric Bioethics

The Childen’s Center for Pediatric Bioethics focuses on four primary areas of pediatric bioethics: research in pediatric bioethics; education of medical trainees, healthcare professionals and the public; providing a resource for families and healthcare professionals facing ethical dilemmas in clinical care; and serving as an advocate for children who are receiving care and participating in research.

The study of pediatric bioethics is particularly important because it requires more than simply adapting the concepts applied to adult healthcare. Delivering healthcare to children and the involvement of children in research raises different questions.

For example, the extent in which a child can participate in the decision-making for their healthcare varies with each child and each situation. The relationship and communication that occur between a parent, healthcare provider or researcher, and a child are critical in assuring that the best interests of the child are served.

For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website. Media are invited to attend the conference and may register online.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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