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BEHR14 Description

Human Rights, Ethics, and International Biomedical Research 


  • Analyze the impacts of the advances in genomics, public health, and DNA-based forensics on local communities in emerging economies.
  • Debate the legal, ethical, and social issues that arise from such innovations in a global context by comparing the experience of Argentina, the United States and other countries.
  • Promote collaborations between scientists, bioethicists, and Argentine government representatives with their international counterparts.

Scientific innovations in the postgenomic era have revolutionized the quality of life in practically all societies of the world. The ability to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases has grown exponentially due to new biomedical techniques. Such progress entails new challenges in ethical and legal areas, leading to new policies and regulations for novel medical practices considering the cultural and moral context of the society within the international agenda.

The debates have begun to develop, specially in academia -from bioethics to human rights-. Those discussions have become important tools in addressing the disparate reactions from different players within society. Nevertheless, the ways that society incorporates the advances in science and technology vary in the different countries. Therefore, Fundación Crimson aim to foster the ethical debates in biomedicine in order to overcome geographical barriers and position Argentina as a regional leader in terms of discussion and regulation of the legal, ethical, and social aspects of biomedical research. A comparison of the Argentine, American, and European models will provide a global perspective of the problems and solid tools for devising efficient solutions.

Description of the course

Bioethics, Science, and Human Rights is an intensive interdisciplinary course lead by outstanding and internationally recognized specialists in bioethics and human rights. There will be 2 lectures per day in which the students will debate the conflicts that arise from investigations in an international context with a special focus on Institutional Human Research Protection Programs.

The course will also include specific workshops for the discussion of selected topics from the classes, conferences, visits to research centers and human rights organizations, as well as recreational activities. The course will include a total of 30 hours.
BEHR students will acquire specific knowledge in bioethics and human rights in relation to biomedical research. In addition, they will be part of a direct and powerful exchange of ideas with leading academics in the field, both from Argentina and abroad. Furthermore, they will interact with students from the United States with shared career goals. The course is a milestone for generating new professional opportunities for the students and for scientific collaboration between scholars from the United States, Europe, and Argentina.

Academic Committee

  • Salvador Bergel
  • Alberto Diaz
  • Victor Penchaszadeh
  • Arleen Salles
  • Susana Sommer

Speakers (confirmed)

  • Eric Juengst, Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • Patricia Marshall, Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • Arleen Salles, Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Argentina
  • Stuart Youngner, Case Western Reserve University, USA

Location and Dates
Human Rights, Ethics, and International Biomedical Research will take in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 10-14 March 2014.