"Trust me, I'm a researcher": Human Research Ethics in Practice

Speakers:
Marilys Guillemin (Director, Centre for Health and Society)
Lynn Gillam (Associate Professor, University of Melbourne/Clinical Ethicist, Royal Children’s Hospital)

It is widely agreed that conducting research in an ethical manner is important and that trust in the research process is crucial. However, there is little research that has systematically investigated what happens in the practice of research ethics. Findings will be presented from a three year project funded by the Australian Research Council to examine how human research ethics committee members and health researchers make decisions about ethical issues in health research.

Eighty-eight individual, in-depth interviews were undertaken: 34 ethics committee members across all categories of membership, and 54 health researchers in fields including biomedicine, epidemiology, clinical and qualitative health research. The research examined how health researchers and ethics committee members understand and think about research ethics and how, in practice, they address ethical issues in research. The cultures and practices of ethics committee members engaged in the process of ethics review will be discussed, together with how the relationship between ethics committee members and health researchers both assists and impedes trust in the human research enterprise.

The presentation will focus on the ways that health researchers, in particular health researchers using social science approaches, understand and practice research ethics. For this group of health researchers, research ethics is not separate or distinct to their practice of doing research; ethics is embedded in their research practice, from the early stages of research design, to their relationships with their participants, through to the dissemination of findings. These findings will be discussed in context of establishing and ensuring trust in the process of human research.

When 9:00am – 1:00pm, Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Where Medical Foundation Auditorium
92-94 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown
Cost FREE
RSVP Please email Cathy Flitcroft for catering purposes

About the Speakers

Marilys Guillemin is the Director and Associate Professor at the Centre for Health and Society at the University of Melbourne. Her professional academic experience is in sociology of health and illness, particularly in the areas of understandings of illness, health and technology studies, and women’s health. Marilys is an established health researcher whose past major research projects include the management of menopause within specialised clinic settings examining the needs and practices of both women and medical practitioners; research on mid-age women and heart disease particularly focusing on women’s understanding of risk and prevention of heart disease; and research on deafness and genetic testing.

Lynn Gillam holds appointments as Associate Professor in Health Ethics at the Centre for Health and Society at the University of Melbourne, and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and is also the Clinical Ethicist at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Lynn’s background is in philosophy, theology and bioethics. She teaches ethics in the medical curriculum and the postgraduate social health program. Her research interests include pre-natal diagnosis, genetic testing, and clinical ethics. She also has a strong interest in the intersections between ethics and sociology, and the development of inter-disciplinary qualitative methods suitable for research in ethics. Lynn has 15 years experience on human research ethics committees. She is currently a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Melbourne, and the clinical ethics committee of the Royal Children’s Hospital. Lynn has published widely in bioethics, on a range of issues, including clinical ethics, research ethics and ethics committees, the use of human foetal tissue, reproductive technologies and genetic testing.

JumpStart Your Science Career!

It’s never too early to be thinking about the next step in your career, so prepare yourself by doing your research, asking questions and attending some of the careers events on offer this year! You will also have the opportunity to hear from industry representatives and recent Science graduates who were in your shoes not too long ago!

Join us for a conference style careers information evening designed for Science students from all disciplines. Come and meet employers and industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries to get the answers to all of your career related questions.

We have representatives from Morgan Stanley Australia, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Heart Research Institute (HRI), Stockland, Westmead Institute for Cancer Research and Taronga Zoo Conservation Society – just to name a few! You are also invited to network and mingle with presenters over complimentary drinks and canapés at the conclusion of the sessions.

It’s FREE to attend, so register now and come along for some careers advice to get ahead of the rest!

When 5:15pm-7:30pm, Thursday, 16 September 2010
Where Level 1, New Law School
Cost FREE
RSVP Please click here

About the Sessions

Careers in Finance and Investment Management

Attention maths and statistics students! You are invited to come along and talk to representatives from the banking and finance industry about the graduate positions on offer for science graduates.We also have Terry Miu (B Sci Adv Maths, 2009 graduate) coming to speak about her experience in a graduate position at Morgan Stanley, a global investment bank with an office in Sydney.

Careers in Sustainability

Do you have a passion for the environment and an interest in conserving it for future generations? Sustainability is a key global issue and as a result governments and large organisations are seeking to employ individials to develop and implement solutions to the complex problems facing an increasingly resource-constrained society.

Find out more about working in this sector and the skills required from Stockland’s Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Ms Christina Hughes. Ms Samantha Mostyn, Directorof the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, will also be discussing her extensive experience within the Sustainability sector where she sees future demand.

Psychology Outside of the Clinic

If you are working towards a psychology major but aren’t sure you want to be a clinical psychologist this session will provide you with information about your options within the corporate world. Psychology graduates are in demand in areas such as market and social research, organisational psychology and human resource management.

Representatives from the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) will be presenting information about working in this exciting area as well as useful hints and tips on how to identify and present your related skills.

Careers in Science Communication

What do Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Warrick Angus from Taronga Zoo Conservation Society and Paul Willis, TV Science reporter and producer have in common? They are all science communicators who help improve science literacy within the community. You will hear their perspectives and advice on science communication as a career at this session as well as some hints and tips on how to find jobs and work experience in this area.

A Career in Science Teaching

Want to impact the lives of hundreds of young Australians? Want to inspire our next generation of scientists? Teaching will allow you to do this everyday.

Hear from Trent Wallis, a Sydney Science graduate who is now working as a science teacher at Sydney Grammar School and also holds the position of Deputy Director of the Australian Science Innovations Chemistry Olympiad Program.

Rose Khalilizadeh from Teach for Australia, will discuss the opportunities available to science graduates through their teaching program that enables you to train to become a teacher and obtain full salary, benefits and qualifications at the same time.

Careers in Biomedical Research

Make your dream of finding the cure to a disease a reality- with a career in biomedical research. Untangling the mechanisms of how diseases occur, progress and treatment is an incredibly rewarding field with the potential to impact millions of lives around the world.

Dr Clare Hawkins from the Heart Research Institute (HRI) will provide useful information about the biomedical industry as well as hints and tips on how to find graduate positions.

Renee Simms, Research Assistant with the Leukaemia Cell Therapies Group at Westmead Institute for Cancer Research, will provide an insight into what it is like working within this exciting industry.

Where Can a Physics Degree Take Me?

If you are studying Physics and would like to know more about your options after graduation, then come along to this session to hear from inspiring leaders working in research and industry.

Matt Francis (B Sci/BA Hons, 2004 graduate) will talk about his career path and his current role at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in the Ionospheric Prediction Service branch, where he works on space weather monitoring and prediction systems.

Professor Marcela Bilek (Physical Scientist of the Year 2002) will share her experience of how she became a leading researcher in Applied and Plasma Physics as well as advice for those seeking a career in research.

Careers in the Resources Industry

To find out more about career opportunities in the resources industry, come along to this session and hear from science graduates who are now working in the areas of mining, geology and geoscience.

Speakers include Charmaine Thomas, a geoscientist at Woodside Petroleum who will soon be returning to Sydney to commence her PhD investigating basin prospectvity.

Peter Buckley will talk about his work experience in the WA gold industry, underground mine geology, exploration management in gold and base metals across Australia and iron ore exploration in NSW and QLD.

End of Evidence Based Medicine

Speaker:
Professor Victor Montori (The Mayo Clinic)

The past 20 years saw an evolution in the idea of evidence based medicine (EBM) founded on two principles: one is most confident about a decision based on high-quality evidence, and evidence from clinical care research alone is insufficient to make a sound decision requiring the incorporation of patient context and preferences.

In this same period there is evolving realisation of the multitude of ways in which the evidence can be corrupted by poor methods, misleading design and dissemination of results, and fraud. As a result, this paradigm of practice is in crisis. This talk will substantiate these points and offer some ideas on a way out.

When 1:00pm-2:00pm, Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Where Conference Rooms, Darlington Centre
Cost FREE
RSVP Please email sphseminars@health.usyd.edu.au

Careers in Biomedical Sciences

Speakers:
Representatives from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute

Are you interested in a careers in medicine, health sciences or biomedical research?

Guest speakers from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute will conduct a session on careers in biomedical sciences. Starting with their own career story, the presenters will build up a picture of the various study pathways toward a career in biomedical sciences and the range of career options within the field.

When 1:00pm-2:00pm, Wednesday, 19 May
Where Woolley Lecture Theatre N395
Cost FREE
RSVP Please click here

Careers in Chemistry

Speakers:
Patrick Mahony (recent USYD graduate, ANSTO)
Dr Gary Perkins (ANSTO)
Dympna Austin (CSIRO)

Are you studying chemistry related subjects? Want to gain a clearer idea about how to market your degree and which employers are keen to use your skills?

Come along and hear a panel of employers, including the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation (CSIRO), outline the range of career progressions available within their organisations.

Also, a recent graduate will share his first-hand experience in successfully applying for vacation work, internships and employment.

When 5:00pm-7:00pm, Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Where Carslaw Lecture Theatre 175
Cost FREE
RSVP Please click here

Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation Presentation

This presentation will introduce ANSTO’s 2011 Graduate Development Program.

ANSTO is seeking high quality final year science students who are interested in a diverse and challenging career in the fast growing sector of nuclear science and technology. Applications close on 26 April.

More information

When 12:00pm-1:00pm
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Where Carslaw Lecture Theatre 173
Cost FREE