COMSTECH Webinar on “Randomized Clinical Trials – Ethical Aspects”

Prof. Dr. Khalid Saeed Khan
Distinguished Investigator, University of Granada, Spain
Former Editor-in-Chief of British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Founder of Core Outcomes in Women’s and Newborn Health (CROWN)

Date and Time: December 7, 2021 from 15:00-16:30 (Pakistan Standard Time)


In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, there is public skepticism about the trustworthiness of clinical trials. The topic has attracted attention as allegations of data fabrication have shaken public confidence. Clinical trials can only be justified ethically when on the completion of research their findings have the possibility of producing generalizable knowledge. To ensure this, proper clinical trials involve oversight and participation by medical schools, teaching hospitals, and regulatory bodies. In this, ethics committees and regimes for monitoring and inspection have a key role to play in preserving the integrity of academic biomedical research for the benefit of society and patients. From prospective registration to publication, at every step, there is a need for transparency and honesty to respond to the crisis of confidence. Inconsistency in clinical trial standards can undermine research ethics, limit data integrity, and ultimately harm society. There is a need for institutions and individuals to commit to ethically and scientifically sound clinical trials by harmonizing the standards of the design, analysis, and reporting, and taking responsibility for their implementation.

Target Audience:

The webinar is open to students, researchers, young scientists, health managers, policy makers, and academicians from the OIC member states, and other countries.

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Procedure to Join:  Zoom link will be shared with selected participants via email.

Profile of Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Khalid Saeed Khan is Distinguished Investigator (Beatriz Galindo programme) at University of Granada, Spain. With an h-index>70 he has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers and supervised 25 higher-degree theses. He graduated in medicine from the Aga Khan University in its first health faculty cohort. Higher training at McMaster University led him to an academic career, focusing on patient-oriented clinical research.

Prof. Khalid has contributed to many trials and meta-analyses: has run 48 primary research trials, recruiting 979,242 participants, and has published 149 systematic reviews, collating data from 6415 studies with 68,798,079 participants. He is the lead author of ‘Systematic Reviews to Support Evidence-Based Medicine’, which won a BMA Medical Book award. He is former Editor of BJOG, EBM-BMJ and BMC Med Educ. Professor Khalid Khan was ranked first among the top-rated experts in research in the world during the years 2011-2021 using an objective analysis of the PubMed database by Expertscape. His Core Outcomes in Women’s and Newborn Health (CROWN) initiative was awarded a BMA Strutt and Harper grant to help reduce research waste. Furthermore, Prof. Khalid is a COMSTECH Distinguished Scholar.

Webinar Coordinator:
Muhammad Haseeb Ahmad
Program Officer
COMSTECH, Islamabad.
Phone: +92 51 9220681

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