Putting Patients at the Center of Research: Opportunities and Challenges for Ethical and Regulatory Oversight

Efforts to place the patient at the center of medical research, spurred by the Affordable Care Act’s founding of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, have begun to change the way clinical research is conceptualized and conducted.

Such efforts hold great promise, but also raise potential challenges for ethical oversight.

How should oversight bodies approach the presence of patients in potentially unfamiliar research roles, such as investigator? What forms of patient involvement in research, if any, warrant increased scrutiny from oversight bodies? How do we keep the patient voice from being ‘captured’ by special interest groups?

This symposium will bring together a diverse group of patients and community members, policymakers, bioethicists, and regulatory officials to address these and other issues.

“Putting Patients at the Center of Research” will feature talks from Joel Weissman, Deputy Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Center for Surgery and Public Health and Professor of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Emily Largent, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Holly Fernandez Lynch, John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Jane Perlmutter, Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate; Martha Carnie, Senior Patient Advisor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and many more.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register now!