Krakow, 08-09 Feb 2016

Joint workshop organized by the
Disaster Bioethics COST Action IS1201 and
The Faculty of Health Science, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland

Contact person: Marcin Waligóra, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The workshop attempts to bring together researchers, ethics committee members, various experts working in the field of disaster research and/or ethics. During the meeting we wish to discuss the specific ethical challenges of conducting research during or the aftermath of disasters. We also plan to organize a roundtable discussion on the updated CIOMS guidelines that is now open for public consultation (in particular, Guideline 20th that focuses on Disaster research ethics). The aim of this discussion is to provide the Working Group of CIOMS with comments until 1st March 2016.

Topics include:

  • Guidelines on research ethics in disaster settings
  • Models regarding ethical review and approval of research proposals
  • Obtaining or waiving Informed consent for research in disaster settings
  • Ethical issues in vaccines and medicinal product trials during epidemics
  • Unregistered medicinal products and off-label use of drugs
  • Research use of personal data and biological materials collected in disaster settings

Practical information:

The workshop will be held at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland. The travel and accommodation expenses of accepted participants will be reimbursed according the COST rules. Reimbursement will be available up to 10 Action members.


Day 1 (Monday, February 8, 2016)

Session 1 Chair: Goran Mijaljica
0900 - 0920 Welcome and Introduction
0920 - 0950 Peter Kakuk (University of Debrecen)
RECs and the diversity of disaster research: an ethical assessment (click for slides)
0950 - 1020 Signe Mezinska (University of Latvia)
Challenges in ethics review process of research in disaster settings: results from a systematic review of guidelines (click for slides)
1020 - 1050 Chesmal Siriwardhana (Anglia Ruskin University; King’s College London)
Defining the need for a post-research ethics audit in humanitarian/disaster research
1100 - 1130 Coffee break
1130 - 1200 Shlomit Zuckerman (Tel Aviv University School of Medicine)
Clinical use of off-label medications in disasters and subsequent research arm: ethical perspective
1200 - 1230 David Perlman (University of the Sciences, Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia)
Preventive disaster research ethics: use of an algorithm as decision support to parse disaster activities as research or not (click for slides)
1230 - 1300 Mariusz Olejniczak (
Operational perspective on research in emergency situations
1300 - 1400 Lunch
Session 2, Chair: Zbigniew Zalewski
1400 - 1430 Eugenijus Gefenas (Vilnius University)
Pros and cons of placebo controlled trials in public health emergencies: the Ebola case
1430 - 1500 Annette Rid (King’s College London)
Trial design during epidemics: what can we learn from Ebola?
1500 - 1520 Coffee Break
1520 - 1555 Joanna Różyńska (University of Warsaw)
Ethics of using experimental Ebola treatments (click for slides)
1830 Dinner


Day 2 (Tuesday, February 9, 2016):

Session 3 Chair: Peter Kakuk
0900 - 0930 Goran Mijaljica (Psychiatric Hospital Ugljan; University of Split School of Medicine)
What makes a person vulnerable in disaster research setting?
0930 - 1000 János Kristóf Bodnár (University of Debrecen)
Introducing disaster-research ethical database ‘MADRES’ (click for slides)
1000 - 1030 Coffee Break
1030 - 1100 Pierre Mallia (University of Malta)
The balance of utilitarian and kantian ethics for doing research in disaster situations
1100 - 1130 Jan Piasecki (Jagiellonian University Medical College)
What does ethical guidelines for epidemiology say about research in emergency situations?
1130 - 1200 Andrei Famenka (The State Service of Legal Medicine, Minsk)
Political interference in disaster research: implications for the integrity of researchers, public trust and well-being of the population
1200 - 1300 Lunch
Session 4 Chair: Eugenijus Gefenas
1300 - 1500 A roundtable discussion on the updated CIOMS guidelines that is now open for public consultation (in particular, Guideline 20th that focuses on Disaster research ethics).