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Annual Ethics Lecture 2018

November 7, 2018
5pm to 8pm
John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A, Curtin University Bentley Campus, Kent St Bentley WA 6102
Alumni and Curtin community

Do you participate in medical research initiatives, or work in a care-giving environment where you need to make informed decisions quickly and ethically? Join presenter Professor Mike Burgess PhD from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada at the Annual Ethics Lecture 2018 – Too much to think about: Making room for trust and practical judgment in research participation.

Human decision making in most areas of life depends on the use of cognitive heuristics rather than a comprehensive analysis of all factors that could possibly affect the outcomes of a decision. These cognitive heuristics reduce the work and time necessary to make a decision.

However, in a research ethics context, understanding informed consent relies on a model of individual decision making, that is based on full disclosure and support for cognitive assessment of all risks and benefits.

At the lecture, Professor Mike Burgess will discuss the importance of relationships and trustworthiness in a research context, and how understanding heuristic decision making in the context of informed consent has several implications for research participation.

Register for the Annual Ethics Lecture 2018


About Professor Mike Burgess

Professor Mike Burgess PhD is Professor and Chair in Biomedical Ethics at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He actively collaborates on the design and implementation of deliberative public engagement, encompassing Canada, Australia and the United States.

His current deliberative projects, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), include childhood vaccine policy; research data access and learning health systems; and funding decisions for cancer drugs.

Professor Burgess also collaborates with colleagues on an approach to involving communities in the governance of remote and indigenous biobanks. His other collaborative research projects with academics from other institutions relate to the concept of diversity on pharmacists’ responsibility regarding the sale of unhealthy foods, and on nurses’ perspectives on medical assistance in dying.