New Research in Support of COVID-19

Supporting research and innovation for the COVID-19 pandemic response is a high priority for the Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation (IEPI). The IEPI team is working with partners globally to address a spectrum of ethics and policy issues related to COVID-19. Dr. Claudia Emerson (Director, IEPI) is co-author on a new publication in Science led by Professor Seema Shah, Northwestern University and Lurie Children’s Hospital, titled “Ethics of controlled human infection to study COVID-19”. Please click here to view the article. Claudia also served on the WHO Working Group for Guidance on Human Challenge Studies in COVID-19. Visit the WHO website to access the recently published guidance on the “Key criteria for the ethical acceptability of COVID-19 human challenge studies.” For more on ethics-related issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, join IEPI’s Dr. Matt Grellette & Dr. Claudia Emerson on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. for an expert panel on Research Ethics in the time of COVID-19. The panel will feature Dr. Jenniffer Maroa, African Academy of Sciences and University of Washington, Professor Seema Shah, Northwestern and Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Ross Upshur, University of Toronto For more information and to register, please visit The Socrates Project webpage.

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