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AfRE Annual Conference 2014

Holiday inn Bloomsbury, 14th November.


Conference Agenda


09:30     Join us for registration and coffee.

10:00     Welcome and Opening Address     Timothy Stibbs 

10:20     Clinical Trials regulation in Europe  Liz Philpots  AMRC    

11:00     Security Sensitive Research  Tom Sorrell University of Warwick

11:40     Coffee Break

11:55     Research in schools: UK and abroad Duncan Banks Open University  

12:35    Streamlining informed consent  Nalin Thakker Manchester University

13:15     AGM

              Lunch break

14:15     Cluster RCTs  Sarah Edwards 

14:55     Challenges of social care research  Martin Stevens KCL 

15:35     Feedback and panel discussion, with refreshments

16:30     Close     Margaret Rees    Incoming Chair


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What caught our eye this week

Scientist sues PubPeer commenters, subpoenas site for names

Parents of disabled child appeal to MPs to allow ‘three-person embryos’

Experimental Treatments for Ebola

US research ethics agency upholds decision on informed consent


A Big Thank You!

We have now concluded our series of joint workshops with the HRA, starting with students making an application to an NHS REC, moving onto good supervision and ending the series with university sponsorship of clinical research.

There are too many people to thank individually, and so I would like to give very grateful thanks to: University of Bristol, University of Manchester, Sheffield Hallam University, The Open University, UCL, University of Oxford - and all of those involved.

I would also like to thank the MHRA for their invaluable input and the HRA for their support and participation, particularly Jonathan Fennelly-Barnwell without whom, none of these workshops would have happened.


New to the website

Summaries of the University Development Group(UDG) Meeting Minutes now available . Look to the right, select AFRE, and then UDG. Summaries of the Forum meeting minutes will be available soon.


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Student Membership to AfRE now available 


Are you a student currently undertaking research, or about to start? Then membership to AfRE is a 'must,' and at a special introductory offer of £25 per annum for the first 100 applications, there will never be a better time to join!

Read all about the benefits of membership, and how to apply to become a member, buy clicking here




'It may be ethical, but is it responsible'?

14th November 2014, Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury

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Congratulations to our Editors!

Research Ethics has been accepted for coverage in Scopus. This is great news, and is a real mark of the quality and standing of the journal. It’s also a positive step for international visibility, and will attract authors for whom citation metrics and quality markers are of particular importance.

The feedback from Scopus was incredibly positive: “Outstanding journal, excellent content, high profile citations -- in short, green lights all the way. Welcome to Scopus.”


Training Programmes

AfRE is delighted to announce the launch of its new training brochure. Our training is designed with you in mind, so whether you are looking for in-house training days, sharing your training delivery with local partners or saving the pennies by hosting a workshop, we will deliver value for money, quality training, suited to you. For more information, download our brochure now.



AfRE Newsletter July 2014 available here


 Sponsorship Opportunities  

Did you know how easy it is to sponsor a workshop, a student or even a coffee break? From only £25, you benefit too!

 Or consider hosting an event, saving you up to £1500 delegate fees - not to mention promoting your organisation. Check here for more information:

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Framework of Policies and Procedures

for University Research Ethics Committees available here

If you would like to participate in our Pilot Study, please contact jackiemaull@arec.org.uk

A series of workshops to support the framework will take place during 2014 - look out for dates in your area!


Regional Workshops:

Saving on time and cost whilst maintaining the highest standards

"Lecture set at a very appropriate level , imparting much information in a relaxed way with full opportunity to interact" .

"Loved the way you both used real examples to illustrate the points"

"It was really excellent to have such knowledgeable speakers who were also so friendly and spoke so honestly. Thank you very much."


In house, or joint training sessions designed to meet your needs and specifications

"I thought this was  excellent training which has provided me with very useful information and feedback to bring back to the University where I work".

"One of the best days training I have been to. Pitched at a perfect level and so friendly and relaxed!"

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for teachin an old dog learn new tricks - super training day."

Advice and Guidlines:

Available to all, member or not.


AfRE is an independent, self-governing body of Research Ethics Community Members, with the aim of fostering excellence in research involving human participants that will enhance human health or well-being.