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The ethics of clinical trials: exploring the needs of vulnerable populations and the impact of innovative treatments

30th January 2018
6.00 to 9.30 pm

Professor John Harris FMedSci Member Academia Europaea. FRSA
Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester
Visiting Professor in Bioethics, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, School of Global Affairs, King’s College London

For this special 'conversation' on the ethics of clinical trials we are joined by one of the preminent thinkers in the ethics of healthcare and medical research. Professor John Harris will lead the conversation on involving vulnerable populations, people with mental impairment, such as the seriously ill, and those with mental health problems or dementia, in clinical trials of new or existing medicines, and how to generally foster their engagement with clinical research. We hope to also touch upon the ethics of conducting studies in orphan diseases, and with newer types of treatments, such as gene and cell therapies.

Venue: FPM Offices, Islington, London

Booking now closed.

Terms and  conditions:Please note that refunds cannot be given after the booking closing date of 5.00pm on Wednesday 24th Jan 2018. The Faculty reserves the right to change the venue and/or speakers (if applicable) if circumstances arise that require such changes. In the event of cancellation by the Faculty a full refund of the price of tickets only will be given, we recommend you take out insurance to cover any travel and accommodation expenses. Your personal details will be used for the purposes of event administration only. Please note the Faculty's data protection statement

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Annual Fellowship, Membership and Awards Ceremony

The Faculty's annual awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 1 November 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians, London. More information here.

Faculty Annual Dinner

The Faculty's annual dinner will be held on Thursday 1 November 2018 at the Royal College of Physicians, London. More information here.

Annual Symposium

The Faculty's annual symposium will be held on Friday 2 November 2018 at the Wellcome Collection, London. More information here.

About Faculty Conversations

Faculty conversations are designed to give our members the unique opportunity to engage with eminent figures in industry, government, regulation, academia and clinical practice. The evenings consist of a buffet dinner, followed by around 1½ hours of discussion and debate, with drinks and networking to finish - a perfect combination of the professional and the social.

If you have any thoughts or ideas on who could lead conversations and on what topics then please get in touch with us (

A NUMBER of discounted spaces are available at a key conference exploring how to fund breast cancer drugs, in London, 23 March, at FPM.


The breast cancer drugs funding and trials conference will explore issues such as patient advocacy, needs of oncologists, buyer perspective, use of clinical trials, the Accelerated Access Review and new ways of creating drugs.


The event, CPD accredited, will also focus on regulation, cancer patient data, funding partnerships and the new Cancer Drugs Fund.


Publisher Gerard Dugdill said: “We want to ramp up the agenda and fill in the gaps in current thinking.”


Conference chair, FPM member Dr Kath Thompson, a former breast cancer patient, said: “We want to explore potential solutions to achieve best treatment for all patients with breast cancer (primary and secondary) in the UK.”


Venue: FPM, 19 Angel Gate, 326a City Road, London EC1V 2PT.


Date: Thursday 23 March 2017 from 9am (registration) to 5pm.


A white paper will be produced afterwards to key players in government and industry to shape future planning for drugs creation.


The event helps national hereditary breast cancer helpline and is supported by Pfizer Limited.


For programme and tickets, £69 for FPM members (code FPM), visit here