The Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) exists to provide a global platform for the exchange and sharing of experience and expertise on research ethics among researchers, research policy makers and ethicists, among others. The GFBR also facilitates debate on ethical, social, legal and public policy issues related to health research, and specifically of research involving countries from the north conducting research in the south.
The purpose, history and future functioning of the GFBR is described in the 2014 article ‘The Global Forum for Bioethics in Research – Past, present and future‘.
Anant Bhan, India; Katherine Littler, UK; Michael Parker, UK; Frances Rawle, UK; Barbara Sina, USA; Douglas Wassenaar, South Africa; Ross Upshur, Canada, Paul Ndebele, Zimbabwe; Phaik Yeong Cheah, Thailand, Teck Chuan Voo, Singapore and Carla Saenz, USA.
These aims are kept under review and refined at the Steering Committee of Partners meeting held during each meeting.
A Planning Committee is convened to support the annual GFBR meeting, including members with expertise and experience in relation to the meeting theme. Members of the 2018 Planning Committee are: Jantina de Vries, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Niresh Bhagwandin, Medical Research Council, South Africa; Calvin Ho, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Athula Sumathipala, Keele University, UK and Institute for Research and Development, Sri Lanka; Susan Bull, Oxford University, UK; Claudia Emerson, McMaster University, Canada; Naomi Waithira, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Thailand; Fabiana Arzuaga, Advisory Commission on Biobank, Ministry of Science, Argentina; Gloria Mason, National Research Ethics Board, Liberia; Doug Wassenaar, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Ross Upshur, University of Toronto, Canada; Katherine Littler, Wellcome, UK.
Funding is provided by The Wellcome Trust, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the UK Medical Research Council.
The Secretariat for the GFBR is currently provided by the Wellcome Trust.
Prior to 2009 the Secretariat was hosted by COHRED, supported by a grant from the Science and Society programme of the EU’s 6th Framework Programme on science and technology.
Aga Khan University (AKU)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research / Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada (CIHR – IRSC)
Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED)
European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)
Health Research Council of New Zealand
Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)
Medical Research Council-United Kingdom (MRC UK)
National Institutes of Health-Fogarty International Center (NIH-FIC)
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)