Sama was invited to present a talk on the Role of the Social Scientist member in Bio-medical Research Ethics Committees, as a part of the 4th National Conference & International Colloquium Forum for Ethics Review Committees in India (FERCICON). The conference was organized by Department of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology, Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata in collaboration with Bioequivalence Centre, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Society of Topical Medicine & Infectious Diseases in India, Kolkata. The conference was held at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
The theme of the Conference was ‘Research Collaboration and Special Ethical Issues’, and it was attended by members of clinical research ethics committees, expert clinicians, clinical trial investigators, pharmacologists, pharmacists, industry representatives and other stakeholders of clinical research including bioethicists and legal experts.
Sarojini from Sama was invited as a guest faculty for the panel on ‘Functioning of the Ethics Committee and Role of Different Category members’. Sama’s talk was on ‘Commitment of the Social Scientist in Clinical Research Ethics Committee’ and highlighted the points on protection of vulnerable groups, potential conflict of interests within the ethics committee, and scrutinizing the research proposal while focusing on the rights of the participants.