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 How to facilitate research and future challenges

Welcome from the AEN 2014 organising committee

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Australasian Ethics Network Conference which will take place 3-5 December 2014 at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

It is an honour for Sydney to host this year’s conference as this coincides with the 20th anniversary of the first AEN meeting held at University of Technology Sydney in 1994.

This year’s theme “How to facilitate research and future challenges” will challenge you to respond to the changing research ethics environment. As this is the leading event of its kind in Australia and New Zealand, the conference will aim to address topics from many viewpoints, ranging from ethical and administrative aspects of human research to the regulatory framework that supports it.

The organising committee has attracted thought-provoking and inspiring keynote speakers and panelists. Each concurrent session will be led by a distinguished leader in the field, and will include number of talks by delegates selected from the submitted abstracts in the following areas:

Innovative practices to facilitate research

Facilitating an ethical research culture

A regulatory framework that supports research

The AEN conference will be the place for knowledge sharing, professional development and networking opportunities. In addition there will be a fantastic social program including  pre-conference drinks and canapés and a conference dinner.

We hope to see you there.

AEN 2014 organising committee

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         Associate Professor Ian Kerridge

Ian Kerridge is Director and Associate Professor in Bioethics at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney and Staff Haematologist/Bone Marrow Transplant physician at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney.  He is the author of over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals and five textbooks of ethics, most recently Ethics and Law for the Health Professions (Federation Press, 2013) He is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC), Chair of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry Research Committee and a member of the NSW Health Department’s Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel. His current research interests in ethics include the philosophy of medicine, conflict of interest, stem cells, drug policy, end-of-life care, synthetic genomics, public health and organ donation.   

                   Dr Lilon Bandler   

Dr Bandler has broad teaching experience, across the spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.  As Senior Lecturer in the Indigenous Health Education Unit, she is responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a comprehensive Indigenous health curriculum for the Sydney Medical Program, as well as providing personal and academic support to Indigenous medical students.  Dr Bandler has worked in general practice for over 20 years.  She serves on a University of Sydney Human Research and Ethics Committee.

                 Dr Lisa Wynn

Dr Lisa Wynn is Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at Macquarie University.   She received her PhD in 2003 from Princeton University and held two subsequent postdocs at Princeton before joining Macquarie in 2007. Her interest in ethics regulation stems from her efforts to bring a research-driven curriculum to anthropology students, for which she won Macquarie’s Vice Chancellors Award in 2010 and the OLT’s National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012.  Her online training module, Human Research Ethics for the Social Sciences and Humanities ( has been used at over 100 institutions in more than a dozen countries.  As a 2012-2013 OLT Fellow she has explored the impact of ethics regulation on the research-teaching nexus, and she currently leads a research team funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant (2013-2015) to document different disciplines’ experiences of ethics review.


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