11th Forum – Buenos Aires, Argentina, 3-4 November 2016

Ethics of research in pregnancy

Theme of the Meeting
Ethics of research in pregnancy

The Wellcome Trust and FLACSO

Supported by:

  • The Wellcome Trust
  • Medical Research Council-United Kingdom (MRC UK)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health-Fogarty International Center (NIH-FIC)

Planning Committee

Members of the Planning Committee for this meeting were:

  • Francoise Baylis, Dalhousie University
  • Ana Garcés, NICHD Global Health Network Women’s and Children’s Health Research (Guatemala)
  • Melba Gomes, WHO
  • Shivaprasad Goudar, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College
  • Rose McGready, Oxford University/Shoklo Malaria Research Unit
  • Omrana Pasha, The Aga Khan University
  • Maureen Kelley, University of Oxford
  • Mariana Kruger, University of Stellenbosch
  • Maggie Little, Georgetown University; Katherine Littler, Wellcome Trust
  • Florencia Luna, FLACSO
  • Carla Saenz, Pan American Health Organization
  • Barbara Sina, NIH
  • Ajoke Sobanjo-ter Meulen, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Programme and Presentations

Programme details

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Case studies

The presenters prepared short case study summaries for discussion at this meeting. See the compiled cases studies for details.


Videos of the presentations are available here.


Keynote: Maggie Little, Georgetown University (video only)


Session 1:Pregnancy specific research


Session 2: Policy and regulation panel


Session 3: Non-communicable disease


Summary of day 1 (video only)

  • Paul Ndebele, Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe
  • Teck Chuan Voo, National University of Singapore


Session 4: Communicable disease


Session 5: Public health emergencies


Key themes panel (video only)

  • Omrana Pasha, Aga Khan University
  • Mariana Kruger, University of Stellenbosch
  • Melba Gomes, World Health Organisation
  • Ajoke Sobanjo-ter Meulen, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Maggie Little, Georgetown University


Summary, conclusions and presentation of GFBR award (video only)

  • Mike Parker, Oxford University and Phaik Yeong Cheah, Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme Thailand

 A background paper was prepared in advance of the meeting and provides an overview of the field and the key ethical issues raised by this important topic. The proceedings are summarised in the meeting report.

We have been very interested to hear about participants’ post-meeting activities, including the publication of a consensus statement by a group of Latin American participants. If you attended the meeting, please do keep us up-to-date on all your GFBR-related activities by emailing gfbr@wellcome.ac.uk.

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