Conference Program

Ethics and Humanitarian Research: Generating Evidence Ethically
25-26 March 2019

Fawcett Event Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43210

The conference will be live-streamed at

PREA Twitter is @Ethics_Analysis and the conference hashtag is: #PREAconference


Monday 25 March

8:00 EDT Registration
8:30-9:00 Welcome and Introduction
Jan Weisenberger, Senior Associate Vice President of Office of Research, The Ohio State University
Wondwossen Gebreyes, Executive Director, Global One Health initiative, The Ohio State University
Bernadette Melnyk, Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Professor, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University
9:00-10:00 Keynote 1: Emphasis on Beneficence in Research with Vulnerable Populations: Developing an Assessment Tool for Researchers

Veena Pillai, Dhi Consulting & Training, Malaysia

10:00-11:00 Oral Presentations 1: Participant/Researcher Tensions
3 x 15 min presentations followed by 15 min Q&A Unexpected and dangerous situations cropped during field research data collection for public Health Research: An Experience Sharing
Morankar Sudhakar Narayan, Jimma University, Ethiopia
‘Nobody wants you here’ – Lessons learned (the hard way) in researching medical humanitarian networks in Syria and Ukraine
Sophie Roborgh, University of Manchester, UK
Ethical challenges when conducting research in rural, post-conflict areas: experiences from South Sudan
Janet Wanjiku Mugo, South Sudan
11:00-11:30 Coffee
11:30-1:00 The Post-Research Ethics Analysis (PREA) Project
A systematic review of ethics and humanitarian health research
Dónal O’Mathúna, The Ohio State University and Dublin City University, Ireland
Steven Martin, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK
Interviewing humanitarian researchers and other stakeholders
Tine van Bortel and Ainul Hanafiah, University of East London, UK
Nawaraj Upadhaya, HealthNet TPO, South Sudan
Yimtubezinash Woldeamanuel Mulate, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-2:30 The PREA Tool
Dónal O’Mathúna, The Ohio State University and Dublin City University, Ireland
2:30-3:30 Oral Presentations 2: Gender and Reproductive Health
3 x 15 min presentations followed by 15 min Q&A Improving Women’s Autonomy in Humanitarian Crises through Qualitative Study
Chitu Womehoma Princewill, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
Birth control strategies in disaster prone settings in India
Packiaraj Asirvatham, Church of South India, India
Conflicts of Child Marriage in Conflict: Who’s story is heard?
Ayesha Ahmad, St. George’s University, London
3:30-4:00 Coffee
4:00-4:30 The NIH Fogarty International Center: Advancing health research in humanitarian crises
Amit Mistry, NIH Fogarty International Center, USAThe Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Contributing to debate on the ethical conduct of research in global health emergencies
Katharine Wright, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, UK
4:30-5:30 Keynote 2: A living laboratory? Ethics and experimentality in humanitarian innovation

Matthew Hunt, McGill University, Quebec, Canada

5:30-6:30 Reception with Poster Presenters each giving a 2-minute talk on their posters
6:30 Conference Dinner (for registered attendees only)


Tuesday 26 March

8:00 Registration
8:30-9.30 Keynote 3: Consent complexities, Ebola, and the fine line between collaboration and exploitation in research conducted during public health emergencies

Elysée Nouvet, Western University School of Health Studies, Ontario, Canada

9:30-10:30 Oral Presentations 3: Tools and Assessments
3 x 15 min presentations followed by 15 min Q&A Avoiding the Same Mistakes: Understanding and Countering Bias in the Deployment of Artificial Intelligence for Humanitarian Assessments
Tino Kreutzer, York University, Canada
Selected Principles for Ethical Social and Behavior Change Communication
Tom Jacobson and Nicole LeMire Garlic, Temple University, USA
Do approaches to the training and supervision of researchers promote or constrain ethical research practice in humanitarian settings?
Anna Chiumento, University of Liverpool, UK
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:00-12:00 Ethics and Humanitarian Innovation: different approaches and learning from humanitarian research

Anna Skeels, Humanitarian Innovation Fund, Elrha, UK (Moderator)
Laura Hytti, Womena, United Arab Emirates
Joseph Guay, Do No Digital Harm Initiative, USA
Siobán D. Harlow, University of Michigan, USA

12:00-1:30 Conversations about Research Ethics (CARE) panel with boxed lunch

Panel Conversation on Research in Humanitarian Crises
Moderator: Dana Howard, Center for Bioethics & Center for Ethics and Human Values, The Ohio State University
Veena Pillai, Dhi Consulting & Training, Malaysia
Erin Lin, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University
Marcel Yotebieng, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University

1:30-2:30 Oral Presentations 4: Communities in Crisis
3 x 15 min presentations followed by 15 min Q&A Ethics of conducting research in crisis settings: How does Flint measure up?
Ike Valentine Iyioke, Michigan State University, USA
Research with vulnerable populations in humanitarian crises: ethical challenges and overlooked areas
Rebecca Barber, Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, Deakin University, Australia
Representation of Minorities in Research: A View from the Community
Sudarshan Pyakurel, Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio
2:30-3:00 Coffee
3:00-4:00 Oral Presentations 5: Researcher Training and Support
3 x 15 min presentations followed by 15 min Q&A Ethical Decision-Making in Situations of Extreme Violence: A Case Study of Syria
Courtland Robinson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
Moral distress among disaster responders: what is it, and can we do anything about it? A scoping review.
Martina Gustavsson, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
The Experience of Conducting Ethical Review during the Ebola Virus Disease Emergency in Liberia
Jemee K. Tegli, University of Liberia-Atlantic Center for Research & Evaluation (UL-PIRE) Africa IRB, Liberia
4:00-5:00 Keynote 4: Is there an upper limit to the risks that humanitarian research may legitimately visit upon research participants?
Nir Eyal, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USARespondent: Kevin Passino, Humanitarian/Development Engineering, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University
5:00 Closing Ceremony
Ryan Nash, Center for Bioethics, The Ohio State University
Dónal O’Mathúna, The Ohio State University and Dublin City University, Ireland