Research with Human Participants: The National Debates

Human Participant Research Conference graphic
December 2, 2015 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Coffman Theater, Coffman Union

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research 

This conference brought together experts to discuss the national debates on research with human participants and current thinking on best practices. Researchers, policymakers, bioethicists, patient advocates, and other stakeholders explored research oversight, informed consent when research participants have diminished or fluctuating capacity to consent, community roles, conflicts of interest and industry sponsorship, and research with vulnerable individuals.

Combined graphic from Dec. 2 conference -- research with human participants
Planning Committee

To view session videos, click the links below or go to the Agenda and Videos page.
Welcome: President Eric Kaler, PhD, introduced by Susan M. Wolf, JD

The National Debates on Research with Human Participants: Issues & Choices. Jeffrey R. Botkin, MD, MPH

Consent to Research When Participants Have Diminished or Fluctuating Decisional Capacity. Scott Y.H. Kim, MD, PhD

Questions and Answers with Dr. Jeffrey R. Botkin and Dr. Scott Y.H. Kim

Panel: Multiple Perspectives on the National Debates & Consent Challenges

Lunch with Speaker Vanessa Northington Gamble: Community Roles in Research

Panel: Conflicts of Interest & Industry Sponsorship

Panel: Research with Vulnerable & Underrepresented Populations 

Closing Remarks: Susan M. Wolf, JD

Registration and fees
This event was free of charge and open to the public.

Continuing Education Information

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
The Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education (event code 212933) approved this conference for 7.25 standard continuing legal education (CLE) credits for in-person attendance and webcast participation on the day of the conference. Credit is not available for viewing the archival videotape from this website.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Continuing Medical Education credit is only available for in-person attendance; online viewing does not meet the requirements of our approvers.

Office of Continuing Professional Development
The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Minnesota designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Event code: CM-15-676d.

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:
  • Explain the importance of ethical conduct of research with human participants;
  • Describe the national debates on issues such as best practices for research oversight and approaches to research with individuals who have diminished or fluctuating capacity to consent;
  • Articulate the potential roles that community members can play in the conduct and oversight of research with human participants;
  • Discuss approaches to conflicts of interest in research; and
  • Specify ethical challenges in research with vulnerable populations and suggest ways to address those challenges.