Last Update : 21 November 2019

Pre-Conference Training Sessions


A.   Researcher Oriented Education in Ethics: Responsible Conduct of Research

        Facilitators: c/o Malaysian organizers


B.   Risk Assessment in Social Science Research

Facilitators: Sarinah Loh, Ph.D. & Siti Hawa Ali

C.   Case Studies:  Vulnerability Assessment in Health Research

Facilitators:  Cristina Torres, PhD & Juntra Karbwang, MD, PhD



  Conference Agenda

Day 1: 25 November 2019


Opening Ceremony

Session 1


Welcome speeches by FERCAP Chair and USM Conference Convenor


Kenji Hirayama


Hans Van Rostenberghe

USM Conference Convenor

Introduction of guests/delegation 


Official opening of the conference USM Vice Chancellor

KEYNOTE ADDRESS 1: Global Challenges and Initiatives in Health Research Ethics

Katherine Littler, Co-Lead, Global Health Ethics, World Health Organization, Switzerland

Harmonizing Good Practice in Ethics Review through FERCAP/SIDCER Juntra Karbwang/Cristina Torres,


Tea/Coffee break and Poster viewing

11:00-11:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS 2: Regional Perspective of Research Ethics in the Global Setting Asma Ismail FASc, President, Academy of Science Malaysia


Session 2

Mainstreaming Research Ethics in a Global Setting

Session Chairs

Vicente Belizario Jr.

FERCAP Vice Chair

Salina Abdul Aziz

MREC, MOH Malaysia

Ethics and Regulatory Challenges in Pragmatic Clinical Trials

Jeremy Sugarman,

Johns Hopkins University, USA

Comparison of Human Subjects Protections Regulations Around the World

David Forster,

WIRB-Copernicus Group, USA

Lessons Learned in Developing Master’s-level Training Programs in International Health Research Ethics

Joseph Ali,

John Hopkins University, USA

Synergizing Ethics Review in a Multi-Country Study

Robin Root,

City University of New York, USA


Lunch break and Poster viewing


Parallel Sessions

Venue for all sessions A: Dewan Budaya

Venue for all sessions B: Dewan Pasiban

Venue for all sessions C: Dewan Bankuet

14:00-15:30 Session 3

Ethical Issues in Clinical Research

Researcher Issues in Ethics Review

Faith-based Perspectives of Research Ethics

Parallel Session 3A

Parallel Session 3B

Parallel Session 3C

Session Chairs:

Vasantha Muthuswamy

FERCAP Steering Committee (India)

Lee Yong Yeh

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Session Chairs:

Aphornpirom Ketupanya

FERCAP Steering Committee (Thailand)

Hung Liang Choo

MREC, MOH Malaysia

Session Chairs:

Siti Hawa Ali

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Muhammad Najib Mohamad Alwi

Management and Science University


Regulatory and Ethical Review of Aesthetic Medicine

Nishakanthi Gopalan, University of Malaya


Ethical Issues in Open Label Extension Study

Bai Caizhen et al., Beijing Tiantan Hospital


Ethical Issues in Nursing Research

Josefina Tuazon, University of the Philippines

Moral Reasoning Among Clinical Researchers

Suraj Kallarakal Tomy et al., St. John’s Medical College, India


Are Researchers Happy with ECs?

Noor Aman Hamid et al., Universiti Sains Malaysia


Bottlenecks in the Review of Undergraduate Research

Michael Mendoza & Rose Anne Rosanes, University of the Philippines


Avoiding Predatory Journals

Shruti Saha, Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, India

Challenges in the Review of Faith-based Research

Mujahid Bakar, Universiti Sains Malaysia


Challenges in Proposing Faith-based Research

Shaikh Mohd Saifuddeen Shaikh Mohd Salleh, Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia


Panel discussion on resolution of problems

Representatives from multi-faith group



Break and Poster viewing


Session 4

Informed Consent

Ethics in Socio-behavioral/Public Health Research

Promoting Ethics Through Education

Parallel Session 4A

Parallel Session 4B

Parallel Session 4C

Session Chairs

Prakash Ghimere

Nepal Health Research Council

Hamid Jan Jan Mohamed

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Session Chairs

Cristina Torres

FERCAP Coordinator

Noor Aman Abd Hamid

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Session Chairs

Tang Tsang Hsieh

Taiwan Association of Institutional Review Boards

Looi Lai Meng

University of Malaya

Questions Asked by Participants During Informed Consent

Unnati Saxena et al., KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India


Readability of Informed Consent Documents

Geminn Louis Apostol, The Medical City, Philippines


Informed Consent in Protocols with Biobanking Component

Leslie Dalmacio, University of the Philippines

Ethics Review of Qualitative Research

Madelene Sta. Maria, De La Salle University, Philippines


Public Health Research vs. Non-Research

Nor Azwamy, Universiti Sains Malaysia


Barriers to Ethical Conduct of Research in Indigenous Peoples 

Elena Javier, De La Salle University, Philippines

Developing an International Master’s of Research Ethics Program in Malaysia

Chirk Jenn Ng, University of Malaya


Educating Patients about Ethics in Research

Ya-Hui Su, Hualien Tzu Chi Buddhist Hospital


The Middleton Ethics Fellowship Program

Kwanchanok Yimtae, Khon Kaen University, Thailand


The Fogarty Program in Myanmar

Henry Silverman, University of Maryland, USA


 Welcome Dinner


 Day 2: 26 November 2019 


Parallel Sessions (venues for respective sessions A, B, and C as on first day)


Session 5 

Initial Review of Protocols

Post-Approval Procedures

Ethics Review of Research Involving Marginalized Populations

Parallel Session 5A

Parallel Session 5B

Parallel Session 5C

Session Chairs

Fung-Wei Chang

Tri-Service General Hospital, Taiwan

Nazri Mustaffa

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Session Chairs

Magdarina Agtini

FERCAP (Indonesia)

Nurain Md NoorM

MREC, MOH Malaysia

Sharon Kaur

University of Malaya

Norzarina Mohd Zaharim

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Reviewing Herbal Medication Research

Lee Keng Yee et al., Malaysian Research Ethics Committee


Classifying Studies according to Risk

Jacinto Blas Mantaring III et al., University of the Philippines


REC Response to Queries to Improve Research

Jeffrey Pradeep Raj et al., Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, India


Developing an Electronic Review System

Achala Upendra Jayatilleke et al., University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Roles of a Post Approval Committee

Hayati Kadir Shahar, Universiti Putra Malaysia


Unreported Protocol Deviation among Post Graduate Students

Uma Kulkarni, Yenepoya Deemed to be University, India


Non-reporting of SAEs and Protocol Violations

Agussalim Bukhari, Hassanudin Uniersity, Indonesia


Assessment of Corrective Action for Protocol Violations

Patricia Khu, University of the Philippines 

Ethics Review of Research on Marginalized Populations

Veena Pillai, Dhi Consulting & Training, Malaysia


Research on Refugee Populations in Malaysia

Susheela Balasundram, UNHCR Malaysia


Ethics Consultation on Research on Marginalized Population

Sharon Kaur, University of Malaya


Coffee/Tea break and Poster viewing


Session 6

Accreditation and Networking

Profile of Researches and Types of Review

Public Engagement in Research Ethics

Parallel Session 6A

Parallel Session 6B

Parallel Session 6C

Session Chairs

Tada Sueblivong

FERCIT (Thailand)

Chirk Jenn Ng

University of Malaya

Session Chairs

Edlyn Jimenez

University of the Philippines Manila

Nik Hazlina Nik Hussain

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Session Chairs

Jacinto Blas Mantaring III

Philippine Health Research Ethics Network

Juhaida Daud

Universiti Sains Malaysia

FERCAP Recognition  and Review Return Time

Ravi Vaswani & Uma Kulkarni, Yenepoya University, India


Gaps and Readiness for Accreditation of ECS in MOPH

Phusit Prakongsai et al., Thailand


Networking of IRBs in Myanmar

Zaw Zaw Oo et al., Myanmar


Regional Ethics Committee of TCM Hospitals In Beijing

Wang Jing, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Affiliated to Capital Medical University, China

Health Research Trends in Nepal Ethics Review Board

Namita Ghimere, Nepal Health Research Council


Strengthening Quality Review in a Developing Country

Hsu Mon Aung, Myanmar


Research Ethics Review in De La Salle University

Nelson Arboleda, Jr. et al., Philippines


Factors Affecting Decision Making in Ethics Review

Paul Pasco, Philippine Children’s Medical Center


Profile of Genetic Studies in USM

Narazah Mohd Yusoff

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Privacy Laws, Clinical Research, and Data Sharing

David Forster, WIRB, USA


Public Perception of Broad Consent

Permyos Ruengsakulrach, Bangkok Hospital Headquarters, Thailand


Audit of Conflict of Interest Policies of Indian Medical Journals

Renju Ravi et al., Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, India



Lunch break and Poster viewing


Session 7

Innovation in Research and Protection of Human Participants

Session Chairs 

Vajira Dissanayake

FERCAP Steering Committee, Sri Lanka

Mohtar Ibrahim

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Reducing Vulnerability, Not Just Identifying It!

Siti Hawa Ali,

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Research in Malaysian Prisons: Ethical and Practical Challenges

Rumana A Saifi et al.,

Universiti Malaya

Tissue Engineering Therapy

Basuki Supartono,

University of Pembangunan Nasional, Indonesia

Identifying Ethical Issues in Social Media Research

Nor Azwany Yaakob & Azlan Husin,

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Ethical Issues in Genetic Modification

Eva Cutiongco-de la Paz,

University of the Philippines

Broad Consent for Future Advanced Research

Hans Van Rostenberghe,

Universiti Sains Malaysia


Coffee/Tea break and Poster viewing


Session 8 

Ensuring Quality Research and Quality Ethics Review

Session Chairs

Juntra Karbwang,


Narazah Yusoff

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Regulatory Inspections of Multi-country Clinical Trials·         

NPRA Malaysia

Quality measures in the FERCAP Recognition Program

FERCAP surveyors


Closing remarks and Announcement of 2020 Conference in Daegu, Korea


FERCAP General Assembly: 27 November 2019


Welcome Remarks


Vasantha Muthuswamy

FERCAP Steering Committee Member

NERCIM: FERCAP Partner in Malaysia

Support to address challenges for new RECs

Representatives of FERCAP Recognized RECs and new RECs

FERCAP Reports


Cristina Torres

FERCAP Coordinator

Kesara Na Banchang

FERCAP Treasurer

SIDCER Recognition Ceremony


Special Awards


Juntra Laothavorn

SIDCER Coordinator

Closing Ceremony

Vasantha Muthuswamy

FERCAP Steering Committee Member


Arthur Navarro

Master of Ceremony