Friedman Seminar: What Are Reasonable Risks of Human Research?

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Human research may entail risks. Not only to research subjects, but to researchers and institutions as well.  During this seminar we will address questions about the risk of human research, including: What are the types of risk encountered in human research?  Who decides if these risks are reasonable?  How is risk associated with human studies conducted internationally by Tufts investigators harmonized with local norms and regulations? How do we protect research subjects, research staff, students as well as the institutions who sponsor the research?  What happens when unexpected risks occur?  Our panel will explore these issues from the perspectives of the Tufts IRBs, researchers, and students.

Speaker/Panelist Bios

Edward Saltzman

Dr. Edward Saltzman is the Academic Dean for Education at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, and a scientist at the Energy Metabolism Laboratory in the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Dr. Saltzman's research focuses on obesity and body weight regulation in humans. He received his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Lara Sloboda

As the manager of IRB Operations for the Social, Behavioral, and Educational Institutional Review Board, Lara Sloboda works with researchers and IRB Committee members to help facilitate and support the review of human subjects research.  She reviews IRB protocols, works with research members to develop sound research studies, serves as an expert resource to IRB members, and ensures compliance with regulations related to human subjects research. Dr. Sloboda received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Tufts where her Ph.D. research focused on using mathematical models to measure implicit and explicit memory retention in older and younger adults. In addition to her role in the Office of the Vice Provost for research, she has taught in boththe Ex-College as well as the Department of Psychology.

Patrick Webb

Patrick Webb isa Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University. He is the Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, and also Principal Investigator for the Office of Food for Peace’s Food Aid Quality Review. The latter builds on his work as Chief of Nutrition for the World Food Program in Rome, the former builds on 9 earlier years at IFPRI.In his spare time, Patrick serves as Technical Adviser for the London-based Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, he’s a member of the CGIAR’s Independent Science and Partnership Council, and also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Food Security and Agriculture.In addition to the Friedman School, Prof. Webb has academic affiliations with Hohenheim University (Germany), Patan Academy of Health Sciences (Nepal), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. 

Merry Fitzpatrick

Merry’s research interests span two separate but related fields.  She has had a long-term interest in livelihoods and food security in conflict and post-conflict settings.  The focus of this work is on supporting local strategies that households and communities use to mitigate, cope with, and recover from the effects of conflict.  More recently, she has been studying the etiology of kwashiorkor malnutrition in order to design preventive interventions in extremely low resource settings and biomarkers to indicate the early stages of kwashiorkor.  Although Merry has worked in most regions of the world, her research interests are primarily in central Africa around the Great Lakes, and the Sahel.

Merry has more than 20 years of field experience in humanitarian response. She worked with multiple humanitarian agencies, including the International Rescue Committee, GOAL Ireland, and Food for the Hungry. Most recently, at World Concern she was the Relief Director and then the Senior Director for Technical Support. With Feinstein she conducted research on the Somalia famine, resilience and livelihoods in Darfur, Sudan, and pastoralism. Additionally, she was the international research team leader on the Sudan Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Program (SHARP) and continues to contribute to the center’s research.

Merry holds a B.S. in chemistry from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.B.A. with a concentration in international development from Hope International University, and an M.Sc. in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University. She is a Ph.D. candidate Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and expects to graduate in 2017.

Andreas Klein, MD

Dr. Klein is an attending physician and Associate Chief in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Tufts Medical Center. He is the Director of the Hematologic Malignancies Program and Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is board certified in adult Hematology.

He serves on various institutional committees, including the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and the Antimicrobial Subcommittee. He is also an Associate Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Klein has extensive clinical, laboratory, and correlative science research experience. He has designed and conducted a number of innovative investigator-initiated and sponsor-investigator interventional clinical trials in the treatment of lymphoma, multiple myeloma, including bone marrow transplantation. He has been a nationally invited presenter on various oncology topics for more than a decade.

Dr. Klein was graduated from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at New England Medical Center, Boston, MA, and completed his fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:15 PM


Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 1:15 PM


Behrakis Auditorium
The Jaharis Center
150 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111


Name: Jen Zahradnick
Phone: 617-636-3773


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