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Research Ethics Review in Humanitarian Contexts: The Experience of the Independent Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières

  • Doris Schopper mail,

    doris.schopper@bluewin.ch

    Affiliation: Ethics Review Board, Médecins Sans Frontières, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Ross Upshur,

    Affiliation: University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Francine Matthys,

    Affiliation: Unit of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Jerome Amir Singh,

    Affiliation: Bioethics and Health Law Programme at the Center for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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  • Sunita Sheel Bandewar,

    Affiliation: Research Program on Community Engagement Global Case Studies at Program on Ethics and Commercialization, McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • Aasim Ahmad,

    Affiliations: The Kidney Centre, Karachi, Pakistan, Aga Kahn University, Karachi, Pakistan

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  • Els van Dongen †

    † Deceased.

    Affiliation: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Published: July 28, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000115

About the Authors

Doris Schopper
Ethics Review Board, Médecins Sans Frontières, Geneva, Switzerland
Ross Upshur
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Francine Matthys
Unit of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
Jerome Amir Singh
Bioethics and Health Law Programme at the Center for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Sunita Sheel Bandewar
Research Program on Community Engagement Global Case Studies at Program on Ethics and Commercialization, McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aasim Ahmad
The Kidney Centre, Karachi, Pakistan
Aasim Ahmad
Aga Kahn University, Karachi, Pakistan
Els van Dongen
University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Corresponding Author

Email: doris.schopper@bluewin.ch

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: DS RU FM JAS SB AA EvD. Wrote the first draft of the paper: DS. Contributed to the writing of the paper: RU FM JAS SB AA EvD.