REMEDY, Research Ethics in Medicine Study Group, is a team of researchers dealing with the ethical aspects of conducting research with human participants. The group’s work builds upon our previous activities in the Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics funded by the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, USA.
We are currently working within an international, interdisciplinary group, collaborating with physicians, pharmacists, lawyers, philosophers, sociologists and public health specialists.
1. Safe medication and medical procedures increase the quality and length of our lives. In order to have them, they first need to be tested in research involving human subjects at every stage. How can the participants of research be protected without hindering medicine? How can safe medication be delivered efficiently, without inconveniencing the people testing their effectiveness? REMEDY aims to work on proposing the regulations, standards and methodological solutions in this field.
2. Our main area of interest is research with the participation of vulnerable populations, including paediatric research. We also concentrate particularly on analysis of the factors influencing biomedical research in Central and Eastern Europe.
3. Our work includes adaptation of existing ethical principles for the new areas of biomedicine. We analyse international and domestic standards and data concerning the benefits and risks of taking part in biomedical studies. Based on these analyses, we propose regulatory tools. We also deliver high-quality data by carrying out systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
Assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy and Bioethics of Jagiellonian University Medical College. Coordinates the work of the REMEDY group. A graduate of the Jagiellonian University (doctorate in philosophy, 2007). Also studied at the International Academy of Philosophy in Santiago de Chile. Dr Waligóra completed the Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics financed by the National Institutes of Health, and was a member of the COST Disaster Bioethics European project’s Management Committee. A beneficiary of the Minister of Science and Higher Education’s stipend programme for outstanding young scholars and the Fulbright Senior Award.
Research key words: ethics of paediatric research, ethics and research methodology, cancer research, CEE research.
Master of neurobiology, completed postgraduate studies on organization, methodology and management of clinical trials. His masters thesis involved research on mechanisms that underlie pathogenesis and treatment of neuropathic pain. PhD student at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Jagiellonian University Medical College. Over the past few years, worked as a specialist in health technology assessment, systematic reviews and international systemic solutions in healthcare.
Research key words: research waste and uncertainty in clinical trials, ethics of clinical trials, research ethics, solutions for public health.
Master of biomedical engineering. A graduate of the AGH University of Science and Technology, she also studied at the University of Porto in Portugal, and spent four months on a research placement in a laboratory at i3S – Institute of Health Innovation and Research in Porto. For her thesis, involving research on intracellular drug delivery systems based on polymeric carriers, she won second prize in the “Diamonds of AGH” competition.
Research key words: preparation methods of drug carriers, nanocapsules, ethical aspects of drug development.
Master of Mathematics. Research Assistant at the Department of Epidemiology and Population Studies, Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University Medical College. Completed postgraduate studies on biostatistics. A member of the Polish National Group of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics.
Research keywords: statistical analysis, epidemiology.
Master of public health, head of the Department of Public Health and Health Promotion at the Regional Sanitary-Epidemiological Station in Krakow. PhD candidate and lecturer at the Jagiellonian University Medical College Faculty of Health Sciences, currently during epidemiology specialty training. She is involved in the development and implementation of health prevention programs and health education on a daily basis. For several years she has also been involved in health technology assessment analyses, including systematic reviews, as well as other analyses of the Polish health care system. Cooperates with Cochrane Poland.
Research key words: public health, epidemiology, health prevention programs.
Assistant professor at the Faculty of Health Science of Jagiellonian University Medical College. A graduate of the University of Physical Education in Krakow (doctorate in Physical Culture Studies, 2011). Member of International Bobath Instructor Training Association from 2009. Physiotherapist with international certificates in Bobath and PNF concepts. Professional experience in neurorehabilitation and pain treatment. Scientific research, including systematic review methodology, in psychopathology and complementary treatments for patients with somatic diseases, e.g. asthma, peripheral artery diseases and sclerosis multiplex.
Research key words: neurorehabilitation, physiotherapy, pain treatment.
Assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy and Bioethics of Jagiellonian University Medical College. Completed his doctorate in philosophy in 2010, following the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics programme. Also studied at the International Academy of Philosophy in Santiago de Chile and Tilburg University. His research interests include the ethics of research involving vulnerable populations and ethics of epidemiological research. Jan worked with REMEDY in the project “Biomedical Research with Human Subjects. Bioethical Issues”, 2012-2016.
Research key words: ethics of epidemiological research, ethics of public health, research involving vulnerable populations, consent and assent in research.
Lecturer at the Department of Logic and History of Philosophy of Vilnius University and on the Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics. Member of the Remedy research group at the Jagiellonian University Medical College. Interested in the ethics of scientific research, moral psychology and experimental philosophy. He has published his work in The American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Developing World Bioethics and Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. Vilius worked with REMEDY in the project “Biomedical Research with Human Subjects. Bioethical Issues”, 2013-2016.
Research key words: informed consent, forensic use of biobanks, REC systems in transition societies.
Dr Joanna Różyńska is an assistant professor in the Department of Ethics of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw and the Department of Bioethics and Social Problems of Medicine of the Faculty of Rehabilitation of Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw. Also joint coordinator and lecturer of the Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics (the Union Graduate College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine & Vilnius University). Completed studies in law, sociology and philosophy at the University of Warsaw and an MS Program in Bioethics at Union Graduate College – Mount Sinai School of Medicine NY, USA. A member of numerous ethical committees at international and domestic level. Joanna Różyńska worked with REMEDY in the project “Biomedical Research with Human Subjects. Bioethical Issues”, 2012-2013.
Research key words: research ethics, risk, uncertainty, risk and benefit analysis.
REMEDY’s goal is to deliver independent analyses. We therefore avoid conflicts of interest. Our projects, conferences and workshops are funded by public and non-profit organisations. To date we have been awarded funding by the following institutions:
The Biotethed Consortium/FP6
The Brocher Foundation
The COST – The European Cooperation in Science and Technology
The Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fogarty International Center-National Institutes of Health
The Foundation for Polish Science
The National Science Center
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
PRIM&R: Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research
The Swiss National Science Foundation