WMA Expert Meeting on the draft to WMA Declaration on Ethical Considerations regarding Health Databases and Biobanks, Copenhagen on 15-16 September 2015

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15 - 16 September 2015
Copenhagen, Denmark

Agenda (final)

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Day 1 Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Introduction to the meeting
Jon Snaedal, Chair of the workgroup 

Andreas Rudköping, President of the Danish Medical Association 

Address from the World Medical Association
Otmar Kloiber, Secretary General of the WMA

Centralized Health Databases, experience from Danish dialogue
Thomas Ploug, Professor of Ethics, Aalborg University, Denmark

Current draft of a WMA Declaration and main issues
Jon Snaedal, Chair of the workgroup




Health databases, ethical issues 

Consent issues
Prof. Urban Wiesing, University of Tübingen

The role of Research Ethics Committees
Johannes Gaub, chair of the Danish National Research Ethics Committee

Panel discussions, first panel

Francis Crawley
Joerg Hasford
Rieke van der Graaf


Coffee break


Health databases, legal issues, and scientific use

EU regulation
Annabel Seebohm, Legal adviser to the WMA

The scientific use of health data
Sarion Bowers, research policy adviser, Welcome Trust Sanger Institute

Panel discussions, second panel

Brian Clark 
Hans Storm

Day 2 Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Biobank issues and genomics

Experiences from Africa
Prof. Clement Adebamowo, University of Maryland

Specific issues with genomic information
Prof B. Knoppers, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Panel discussions, third panel

Leticia Cunetti
Kenji Matsui




Closed Workgroup meeting