Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College

Acharya Donde Marg, Parel,
Mumbai 400 012. India.
Tel.: 91-22-2410 7000 Fax: 91-22-2414 3435

4th Feb 2016-Guest lecture –Ethics in medical Research:


  • The 8th Krishna Raj Memorial Lecturewas hosted in collaboration with Anusandhan trust CEHAT,MASUM(Pune),TISS, SNDT and Mumbai University with the theme of “Ethics in Medical Research” on 4th Feb 2016 at Sen Kinare hall, CVTC.The lecture was attended by approximately 200 participants.
  • Dr MariyaJiandani welcomed the dignitaries and introduced the GSMC MUHS UNESCO Biothics unit.
  • Dr AvinashSupe , Dean SGSMC ,Mumbai welcomed  Dr Eric Suba, Dr Sanjay Nagral, Dr Badwe and Dr Amar Jesani with a special KEM stamp enveloped released by the Department of post and telegraph on occasion of 90 glorious years of  Seth GSMC &KEMH  . Dr Supe addressed the gathering with his opening speech about the GSMC MUHS UNESCO bioethics unit, its foundation and activities. He expressed his thoughts and visions regarding the KEM hospital Bioethics wing that was formed on 9th November 2015 and is chaired by him .
  • Dr Vibhuti Patel the head of department of Economics of SNDT university and member of  Anusandhan Trust  gave a brief introduction of the Krishna Raj memorial Lecture and 25 years of  the activity of trust
  • The Golden Rule: A Remedy for Decadence in Global Health was delivered by Dr Eric Suba, Director of clinical laboratories, Kaiser Permanent Medical Centre San Francisco California. He leads the Viet/American Cervical Cancer Prevention Project. He is also appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.
  • The lecture focused on trials conducted for detection of cervical cancer in women from developing countries including India. He spoke about critically analyzing the statistics and use of PAP smear as a diagnostic test Vs the VIA test of study. He spoke about giving a fair chance for PAP smear screening in the participants of VIA arm of trial.  He spoke about Zombie arguments on PAP smear and probabaility of biases because of big funding.
  • The session was chaired by Dr Sanjay Nagral an eminent hepatopancreatobiliarybiliary surgeon and  publisher & member of the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics & the chairperson of the Forum for Medical Ethics.
  • Dr RajendraBadwe, the director of TATA memorial hospital and Head of department of surgical oncology was first discussant . Dr Badwe gave the prevalence of cervix cancer in Indian scenario, He spoke of cost effectiveness of use of VIA test and its feasibility in using in remote rural villages compared to PAP smear. He highlighted the trial details and empahsized the endpoint of the study as any cause mortality. He also emphasized the importance of personal hygiene and by that itself the incidence of cervix cancer has been reduced in India.
  • Dr Amar Jesani an independent consultant – researcher and teacher in bioethics and public health, co-founder of the Forum for Medical Ethics Society and  IJME . visiting professor at the Centre for Ethics, Yenepoya University, Mangalore and at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Culture, Karachi was the second discussant. He  highlighted the legal aspects and right of participants, he discussed how a fair chance could be given to the subjects participated in the trial to undergo screening for PAP smear as a follow up.
  • A number of questions from the audience on the trials lead to a very healthy interactive discussion .The points emerged out of the discussion were based on research practices with respecting the right of individual, non maleficence  and beneficence principle. The session concluded with the understanding of importance of ethical concerns and critically reviewing ones own work to accept mistakes if any and rectify them. It probably marked a beginning of a new research with Delphi Exercise on Cervix cancer Screening.
  • Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr NayanaIngole and Mementos were presented to the dignitaries.


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