The Bioethics Commission has finished its first meeting that focused (at least on the second day) on its latest Presidential task – a study of international clinical trials involving human subjects. As part of the five-month study, an International Research Panel has been formed to address the issue. Only four of the 14-member panel is from the U.S. You can find more detailed biographical information at the Commission’s blog entry. I also recommend reviewing all the liveblogging the Commission did during this meeting to get a fuller picture of what took place. I’ll post about the first day of the meeting at another time.
John Arras (US) is the Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Programs in Bioethics, and affiliated programs with the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Commission.
Julius Ecuru (Uganda) is the Assistant Executive Secretary at the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST).
Christine Grady (US) is a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She is the Deputy Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
Dirceu Greco (Brazil) is the Director of the Department of STD, AIDS and Viral Hepatitis of the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
Amy Gutmann (US) chairs the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and President of the University of Pennsylvania.
Unni Karunakara (India) was the deputy director of health for the Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Nandini Kumar (India) is a member of the executive committee of the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in India (FERCI), a National Chapter of the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Asia Pacific (FERCAP).
Sergio Litewka (Argentina) is the International Programs Director and research assistant professor for the University of Miami Ethics Programs. He is the project director for the Pan American Bioethics Initiative.
Luis Lopez (Guatemala) sits on the Board of Directors for the Latin-American Forum of Committees for Ethical Research in Health and is a faculty member at the University of San Carlos (USAC).
Adel Mahmoud (Egypt) is the former President of Merck Vaccines and an expert on disease control in the developing world and vaccine development.
Nelson Michael (US) is a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. He is Director of the Division of Retrovirology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Director, U.S. Military HIV Research program.
Peter Piot (Belgium) is Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Huanming Yang (China) co-founded BGI (formerly Beijing Genomics Institute) in 1999 and is currently President and Professor of BGI.
Boris Yudin (Russia) is head of the Department of Comprehensive Problems of Human Studies at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
This panel will meet three times, and at least one time outside of the United States, in preparing their report. Additionally, Commission staff have already been poring through records in the National Archives to add some historical context to the Guatemalan study that prompted President Obama to have the Commission study international clinical trials.
While the President set no specific timeframe for either the international study or the review of the Guatemalan research, Commission staff anticipates having the review ready sometime this summer. The panel anticipates having a report ready in the fall.