Professor of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Dr Paul Ananth Tambyah is currently Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and Senior Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the National University Health System. He is also currently Chair of the NUS IRB and also a visiting consultant to the National Center for Infectious Diseases and the Singapore Armed Forces. He is President of the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection and also President-elect of the International Society of Infectious Diseases.
Ethical Challenges of IRBs in Singapore
Singapore has long been a leader in clinical research from the early days of the 20th century. The landscape however has changed dramatically in the last few decades with the advent of strong commercial pressures as well as increasing regulatory oversight. While researchers often complain about the slow pace of IRB handling of research protocols, given tight deadlines from funding agencies, the IRB perspective is often neglected. There are numerous examples of issues which have arisen in IRB approved studies in Singapore. The challenge is to have a workable approach which protects human subjects while facilitating cutting edge research to deal with the challenges of human health in Singapore and beyond.
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