Workshop Information


The Office of Human Research Administration at Harvard School of Public Health is pleased to announce its 12th annual Summer Workshop on Ethical Issues in Global Health Research.  You are invited to join us for a week of dynamic and interactive learning that will address the ethical and practical challenges in developing, reviewing, conducting, and overseeing global health research. This workshop offers participants an opportunity to expand their professional knowledge by connecting with colleagues and learning from leaders in the field of research ethics.

Workshop Highlights

  • Educational sessions led by experts in global health research
  • Interactive approaches to the informed consent process
  • Round table discussions of real world cases
  • Recommendations for ensuring protocol compliance

Who Should Attend

  • US IRB Chairs and administrators, who review and manage international research
  • Ethics Committee Chairs and administrators
  • Investigators
  • Research ethicists and educators
  • Anyone interested in promoting global collaborations


Workshop faculty includes Professors Richard Cash and Daniel Wikler, world-renowned experts in research ethics, who led this workshop for the past 11 years.  A complete list of faculty will be posted in early February.

Fees Registration Visas                   
Registration Fee:

$100 (non-refundable, due at the time of registration)



$1,550.00 if received byApril 15th

$1,850.00 if receivedafter April 15th


Tuition includes course materials, lectures/educational sessions, daily breakfast, lunch, refreshments, a welcome reception, and a Certificate of Completion.

For online registration, please go to:


Scholarships are available to a limited number of workshop attendees. Application forms can be found at:

Participants are responsible for obtaining their own visas, via the appropriate United States Embassy or Consulate.  A student visa is not needed because there is no requirement to stay in Boston beyond the period of the workshop.

Workshop Agenda

  • Historical Perspectives on Human Research
  • The Ethics of Human Research
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in International Health Research
  • International Guidelines Relating to Human Research
  • Responsibility of Researchers to the Community
  • Responsibility of an IRB: Reviewing International Projects
  • Informed Consent in International Health Research
  • Equivalent Protections When Regulation Does Not Apply
  • Institutional Support: International Capacity Building
  • Challenges in Conducting Multi-center Global Health Research
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Study Monitoring and Regulatory Compliance for Global Health Research
  • Issues in Genetic Research and Tissue Banking
  • Protection of Vulnerable Populations
  • Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)
  • Tips for Increasing Ethical Review Efficiency
  • Ethical Issues in Research Design
  • Future Challenges in Research Ethics
  • Breakout Sessions and Case Studies*
  • Harvard campus tour and social events

* Small group breakout sessions will allow workshop faculty to meet the specific needs of participants by focusing on applicable interests, roles, and responsibilities.  Participants can attend sessions tailored towards IRB/Ethic Committee Chairs and Administrators or Investigators

Workshop Agenda Subject to Change



Welcome Reception

A welcome reception for all attendees is scheduled at the Harvard Faculty Club on Monday evening, June 20th at 6:00 pm.  Transportation will be arranged by OHRA.



Visiting Boston

The workshop will be conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, located in the Longwood/Harvard Medical Campus (LMA).  The School is a short walk from other schools, Fenway Park, and several of Boston’s renowned museums.  Boston offers world-class shopping and sightseeing, and is a popular vacation destination.  June temperatures are between 75°-85° (23°-32°C) in the day and 65°–75° (19°-23°C) at night.



There are many means of transportation from Logan Airport to your accommodation. The most common are taxi or public transportation.

Taxi Service from Logan Airport
Boston taxis are available at Logan terminals 24 hours a day and provide service to all of New England. All areas within a 12-mile radius of downtown Boston are charged a metered rate. Beyond the 12-mile radius the charge is a flat rate.  The rates for taxi service from Logan to area hotels range from

$20.00 – $30.00.

Public Transportation (MBTA)
The subway and bus routes serving Boston Logan International Airport are operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).  From Logan, take an “E” train on the Green Line to the Brigham Circle stop.  This will bring you to Harvard School of Public Health. Purchase a one-trip ticket ($2.00) , 1 day pass for unlimited travel on subway/local bus ($9.00), or a 7 day pass for unlimited travel on subway/local bus ($15.00)

Once you have made lodging accommodations, please feel free to contact Julie Kaberry ( for step-by-step directions from your point of origin to the hotel.



The following are suggested lodging accommodations:

Best Western Boston, The Inn at Longwood Medical Center
342 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA
Courtyard Marriott, Brookline
40 Webster Street, Coolidge Corner, Brookline MA
Holiday Inn, Boston – Brookline
(Harvard rate available)
1200 Beacon Street, Brookline MA
Courtyard Marriot, Boston Copley Square
80 Exeter Street, Boston MA
Sheraton Hotel, Boston
39 Dalton Street, Boston MA


 The Hilton, Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton Street, Boston MA