NETWORKS AND ACTIVITIES
OBSERVATORY OF BIOETHICS
The Argentinian Observatory of Bioethics belongs to the Bioethics Program of FLACSO. The objective is to promote a critical and non-dogmatic approach of bioethics. For this purpose, the Observatory elaborates documents with a bioethical approach on complex and controversial subjects to Argentinian society.
The Bioethics Program served (until May 2017) as headquarter for FLACEIS [Latin American Forum for members of Ethics in Health Research Committees, Argentinian Chapter]. FLACEIS was created in the year 2000 in Mexico and, a year later, the Argentinian Chapter was born. For over 15 years, FLACEIS (Argentina) develops its activities in FLACSO, where members of research ethics committees held meetings every two months. Central FLACEIS ((the regional Program) also had the Bioethics Program as headquarter (2013-2017). During this period its Board of Directors was formed by members of the Argentinian Chapter, some of which are researchers in FLACSO.
IBERO-AMERICAN NETWORK OF BIOETHICS
The Ibero-American Network of Bioethics is made up of participants from countries of Latin-America, Spain and Portugal and lately, we have included members from Italy. Its objective is to promote dialogue and comprehension in our original language during the international bioethics conferences of the IAB (International Association of Bioethics). This network encourages research and critical analysis outside dogmatic or religious perspectives. It seeks to promote new and creative interactions between the academics from different countries. The Network depends on the IAB the most prestigious and renowned association of Bioethics in the world.
NUEVA RED DE EXCELENCIA
In February 2017, the Network of excellence “Network of Bioethics and Human Rights: ethical, legal and social impacts of the newest technologies in research and reproduction” was approved. The Project was led by the Observatory of Bioethics and Law from the University of Barcelona.
The Bioethics Program is a participant of the new Network of excellence in the context of the Promotion of Scientific and Technological Research of excellence. The network is coordinated and led by the University of Barcelona. It includes centers and programs from universities in Europe, North America and Latin-America.
The network of bioethics and human rights has the objective of analyzing ethical, legal and social impacts of some of the latest technologies arising within the field of research and reproduction. For example the technique of CRISPR/Cas9 will be examined. We have already had our first meeting in Granada (Spain) in June 2016.
The Network of Trainees in research ethics, REDETIFF [for its Spanish initials], groups trainees from the Trainning Program in Research Ethics funded by Fogarty Institute Center (FIC) in order to collaboratively build knowledge and develop actions aimed at strengthening ethics in research in the region.
Dr. Irene Melamed, one of the researchers of the Bioethics Program, at FLACSO Argentina, is its facilitator.
Some of the activities are the following:
Selection and design of an online space for the members of the net to share their activities and posts regarding different subjects;
Invitation to previous and current trainees to join the network and provide them with information on how to do it;
Consolidation and systematization of necessary information to be included in the career path of trainees;
Identification of the most important subjects in research ethics to stimulate imagination and stir up debate;
Set up the next steps towards the conformation of a group of experts, as well as to build and consolidate a mentoring process between Fogarty/FLACSO students.
Creation and update of the BLOG of the Network of Trainees’ FLACSO-Fogarty, called REDETIFF. Available here: www.redetiff.blogspot.com
Globethics.net is a global network of people and institutions interested in different fields of applied ethics. Thanks to its prestigious digital library on ethics, it offers access to resources and helps collaboration in research on the following areas: web base, conferences, online publications and active exchange of information. FLACSO was its South American headquarter until 2017.