Annual Research Ethics Day Conference - Conducting Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics in an Emergency

Research Ethics Day
March 3, 2021 - 9:00am to 1:30pm
Online - Zoom - Central time

View a recording of the webinar on the Consortium YouTube channel.

Hear from top national experts on how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing research ethicsExperts will discuss how to advance ethics and equity when conducting pandemic research, how to reconcile the need for research with the clinical imperative to save lives, and how the pandemic is affecting research design. As a large, public, land-grant research university, we aim to explore these vital issues with our faculty, staff, trainees, students, and community, as well as a national audience.

Speaker Biographies
Planning Committee
Advisory Committee

Presented by the Office of the Vice President for ResearchConsortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life SciencesMasonic Cancer Center; and Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Minnesota.

This conference is part of Research Ethics Week (March 1-5, 2021), during which the University of Minnesota focuses on professional development and best practices to ensure safety and integrity in research. A complete list of Research Ethics Week events is available.

Disclosure information is available here.

Agenda update (Feb. 20): Please note that the opening session on “Advancing ethics and equity” will be presented by Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity and Principal Investigator (with Dr. Sandra Quinn) on the NIH-NIMHD Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity & Health Disparities Research, together with Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA, Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and Chief Research Officer of the Seattle Indian Health Board. We regret that scheduling difficulties will prevent participation by Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, and encourage you to follow the work of the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, which she chairs. 

Continuing Education Information: 

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)
The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity (enduring material) for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

4.25 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits have been approved. Event code: 338010

Note: If you plan to request credits, you will need to sign-in upon accessing the webinar via Zoom. Later viewing of this video will not qualify for credit. 

Educational Objectives for this webinar include:

  • Describe the challenges posed by interpreting COVID-19 research on treatments and preventives, understanding the significance of EUA authorization by the FDA, and making ethical treatment decisions under uncertainty.
  • Analyze options in research design and deployment of investigational treatments and preventives. Describe trade-offs, evolving guidance, and best practices.
  • Identify key priorities for advancing ethics and equity in research. Discuss best practices to partner with vulnerable communities, identify research questions, design research, recruit and retain diverse research participants, and promote health equity in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Land Acknowledgment:

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is built within the traditional homelands of the Dakota people. It is important to acknowledge the peoples on whose land we live, learn, and work as we seek to improve and strengthen our relations with our tribal nations. We also acknowledge that words are not enough. We must ensure that our institution provides support, resources, and programs that increase access to all aspects of higher education for our American Indian students, staff, faculty, and community members.