The 3rd virtual session of the VI BRISPE will be held VI BRISPE in collaboration with the Institute of Higher and Convergent Studies (IEAC) of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), on September 30, 2020.

Annoucement of the 3nd Virtual Session

Ana Palmero, Coordinator, of the Research Ethics Program of the Directorate of Research for Health of the  Ministry of Health, Argentina

Ana Palmero holds a J.D. degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was trained in Bioethics at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

Since 2016, she has served as coordinator on the Research Ethics Program of the Directorate of Research for Health at the Ministry of Health of Argentina, where she provides legal and ethical advice on human research and manages the presentation of Ministry rules proposals on research ethics. She is currently a consultant for the Bioethics Program at Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the development of guidance to strengthen research ethics systems in LATAM during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is a member of the Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) and serves on the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Bioethics in Research. She serves as coordinator of the National Research Ethics Advisory Committee and is member of the Research Ethics Committee of the Dr. Ramos Mejia General Hospital, Argentina.

She is an external researcher of the Center for Studies of State and Society (CEDES), Argentina. Her interests include research ethics regulations and human research governance systems. Her current research focuses on biobanking governance, and human gene editing governance and public engagement.

Ana had authored several articles on research ethics regulations.

Elizabeth Heitman, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Ethics and the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine, University of Texas Soutthwestern, United States

Elizabeth Heitman, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Ethics and the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine. Her work focuses on cultural aspects of ethics in clinical medicine, biomedical science, and public health, particularly international standards of research ethics and education in the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Dr. Heitman teaches research ethics and RCR in the Center for Translational Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and is an ethics facilitator for medical students. She also leads ethics and RCR education for two training grants on cardiovascular health disparities research through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Dr. Heitman is a National Associate of the US National Research Council and has been chair or member of eight US National Academy of Sciences programs in research integrity education in the Middle East, North Africa, Indonesia, and Malaysia. In 2015-16, Dr. Heitman co-chaired the National Academies’ Committee on Gene Drive Research with Non-Human Organisms, and she is currently a member of the Working Group on Gene Drive Research of the NIH's Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee.

Dr. Heitman is Co-director of the NIH Fogarty International Center-sponsored Collaborative Research Ethics Education Program between Mozambique’s Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and UT Southwestern. She was previously director of a similar program in Costa Rica, in collaboration with the Costa Rican National Children’s Hospital. She is a Co-Investigator and Mentor on the NHLBI-sponsored research training grants Obesity Health Disparities PRIDE and Jackson Heart Study Graduate Training and Education Center with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 

Dr. Heitman came to UT Southwestern in late 2016 from Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, where she was a member of the Academy for Excellence in Teaching and served as a clinical ethics consultant and chair of the Ethics Committee. She was previously on the faculty the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas, and was clinical ethicist at Hermann Hospital and Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital.

Dr. Heitman received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies in 1988 from Rice University’s joint program in biomedical ethics with the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center.

Ricardo Palacios, Medical Director of Clinical Research, Clinical Trials and Pharmacovigilance Center, Butantan Institute, Brazil

Ricardo Palacios graduated in Medicine, holds a Bachelor's degree  in Social Sciences and a PhD in Infectious Diseases. He has also a Specialization in Bioethics.  Along his career, he has been involved in clinical trials of infectious diseases as researcher, clinical monitor, auditor, consultant and coordinating clinical development plans. For more than 10 years, he supported WHO-sponsored clinical trials in Latin America, Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. Currently, he leads clinical development of immunobiological products, mainly vaccines, as Clinical Research Medical Director at Instituto Butantan, a public health research institution in São Paulo, Brazil.


The 2nd virtual session of the VI BRISPE will be held in collaboration with the Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors (ABEC), on August 21, 2020.
Further details will be posted and publicized soon!! 



Annoucement of the 2nd Virtual Session


Annoucement of the 1st Virtual Session

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