Ethical review of about 4,000 research projects related to COVID-19 and 370 clinical trials in Iran
In response to COVID-19, medical ethics scholars from Iran and Indonesia universities conducted a series of webinar on technical topics related to COVID-19 outbreak with a focus on ethical consideration in doing COOVID-19 related research.
Nearly 40 people from different countries, including Indonesia and Iran attended this webinar, the second in the series of COVID-19-related webinars being hosted by the University of Gaja Mada.
The speakers explored issues that may be particularly challenging and important in COVID-19 research in Iran and Indonesia settings.
Professor Tri Wibawa of Gajamada University, Indonesia, discussed the ethical issues and experiences of the COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests.
She stressed the importance of issues such as how to design studies, sample selection, endpoint determination in research, safety, and review process of research by the ethics committee.
Later in this webinar, Dr. Ehsan Shamsi , Assistant Professor at School of Medicine & Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center and Secretary of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education Center, also spoke about the ethics of research in Iran amid COVID-19 outbreak.
Dr. Shamsi announced the ethical review of about 4,000 research projects related to Covid-19 and 370 clinical trials registered in the country's clinical trial system as one of the most important activities carried out in recent months.
Declaring the participation of 70 universities and 200 related ethics committees in the review process, he said: "Using a virtual platform, online discussions and urgent meetings have had a great impact on speeding up the ethical review of research proposals and preventing the prolongation of the research implementation process."
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, - University of Gaja Mada, Center for Religions and Science, UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center- Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute- Tehran University of Medical Sciences organized the webinar.