The Global Forum for Bioethics in Research: Past, present and future

Katherine Littler, Joseph Millum, Douglas Richard Wassenaar


The Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) served as a global platform for debate on ethical issues in international health research between 1999 and 2008, bringing together research ethics experts, researchers, policy makers and community members from developing and developed countries. In total, nine GFBR meetings were held on six continents. Work is currently underway to revive the GFBR. This paper describes the purpose and history of the GFBR and presents key elements for its reinstatement, future functioning and sustainability. Potential participants and sponsors are encouraged to contribute actively to the future of this unique international research ethics event.

Authors' affiliations

Katherine Littler, Wellcome Trust, UK

Joseph Millum, Clinical Center Department of Bioethics and Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, USA

Douglas Richard Wassenaar, South African Research Ethics Training Initiative, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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International research ethics; Global Forum for Bioethics in Research

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2014;7(1):5-8. DOI:10.7196/SAJBL.312

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Date submitted: 2014-02-09
Date published: 2014-04-22

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