Pan American Bioethics Initiative

The Pan American Bioethics Initiative was established in 1993 as a mechanism to coordinate UM Ethics Programs’ efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the more than two decades since, the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy has collaborated with institutions in Latin American and the Caribbean on projects in human research subjects’ protection, the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and issues in health policy and human rights. 

For more information, please contact   Dr. Sergio Litewka .

Following is a selection of UM contributions to bioethics activities around the hemisphere.


U.S. Office of Research Integrity, 2016-2017
NIH Fogarty International Center,  2008-2014

Selected Presentations

November 30 - December 2, 2016, Porto Alegre, Brazil |   Integridade e Ética em Pesquisa,  Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. Presentation: Litewka S. Plàgio, duplicação e falsificação: Comportamento, detecção, retratação e consequências.

November 29, 2016, Mexico City, Mexico |  Programa de Dialogo y Taller Sobre Judializacion del Derecho a la Proteccion de la Salud y Priorizacion en Mexico,  Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica.  Presentation:Gelpi A. La judicialización de la salud y la priorización de medicamentos en Costa Rica.

November 7, 2016, Havana, Cuba |   Simposio Internacional de Ética de las investigaciones, Centro Nacional Coordinador de Ensayos Clínicos (CENCEC). Presentations: Litewka S. Investigaciones biomédicas con seres humanos: Historia, tragedia y progreso; and Litewka S. Perspectivas internacionales de integridad científica.   WHO report;   Prensa Latina report.

November 5, 2016, Brazil |   Evidence and advocacy: the history and future of mental health reform in Latin America Chair Prof. Dr. N. Oliveira (PUC-RS). UM presentation: Gelpi A. Federal University of Sao Carlos.   Link to photo.

October 25-27, 2016, Guatemala, C.A.|   II Curso-Taller: Ética en la investigación con sujetos humanos. Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka. Uso y Confidencialidad de la Informacion. Universidad del Valle.

October 19-21, 2016, Bogotá, Colombia |   Colombia Colmedica Medicina 4th Medical Symposium.  Presentation, Dr. Kenneth Goodman. Colmedica.

September 21-23, 2016, Tegucigalpa, Honduras | XXIII Jornada Científica y X Congreso de Investigación en Ciencias de la Salud, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH). Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras.

August 10-12, 2016, Bogotá, Colombia |   Jornada de Capacitación en Integridad Científica. Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka. Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COLCIENCIAS).

July 6th – 8th, 2016, Curitiba, Brazil | The Institute for Bioethics and Health policy (IBHP) co-organized the   I International Ibero-American Congress of Bioethics / VII Congress of Humanization and Bioethics.   Prof. Isasi participated in the event and presented:Regulating Human Genetics in Latin America: A race to the top or a race together?”

May 22-25, 2016,  Havana, Cuba | Professor Isasi traveled to Havana to foster ties between Cuban institutions and the Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, University of Miami.

March 29- April 3, 2016, Trip to Mexico to teach a   course on scientific research integrity  at la Universidad de Anahuac.

March 18, 2016, Veracruz, Mexico | Keynote speaker “ Updates on Research Integrity’. Medical Association of Biochemistry and Engineering.

February 16-18 2016, Guatemala City, Guatemala | Invited speaker: International Ethics Guidance for Research with Vulnerable Population. Building Local Capacities in Ethics Training and IRB Review in Guatemala.  Supported by a NIH- Fogarty Grant from the University of Pennsylvania, Guatemala City.

January 25, 2016, Mexico City, Mexico | Dr. Litewka was invited to Mexico City to participate in a research ethics and scientific integrity workshop as part of an ongoing collaboration with ConacyT ( Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia)

December 8-11, 2015, Havana, Cuba | VII International Symposium on Brain Death and Disorders of Consciousness, Havana. UM Presentations: Goodman KW, “From Terri Schiavo to Jahi McMath: Ethical discussion of end-of-life dilemmas”; and de Velasco, R, “An approach to families who do not accept the death of the brain of a loved one as the diagnosis of death.”

December 2, 2015, Cali, Colombia |   V Taller Internacional de Ética en Investigación e Integridad Científica: Integridad Cientifica. Responsabilidad Institucional, La Red de Comites de Etica de la Investigacion en Humanos (RECEIH),  San Buenaventura University. UM presentation: Litewka, S., “Integridad Cientifica. Responsabilidad Institucional.”

November 28, 2015, Guadalajara, Mexico | Dr. Sergio Litewka was invited to La Feria Internacional Del Libro, Guadalajara 2015 where he spoke on research integrity and the importance of ethics committees. Dr. Litewka also served on a panel discussing research ethics and scientific integrity   Media article 1.   Media article 2

November 3-6, 2015, Porto Alegre, Brazil |   International Colloquium on Law, Bioethics & Information Technology  (also,   click here), Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Norwegian-Brazilian-American Initiatives in Neuroscience & the Humanities (University of Bergen, University of Miami and PUCRS’ Brain Institute, Law School and School of Humanities). UM Presentations: Bueno, O., “Evidence and Ethics in Medicine: Some Models,” and “Evidence and Visual Evidence and Styles of Scientific Reasoning”; and Goodman, K.W., “Clouds, Nets and Banks: Ethical Challenges for International Data Sharing”

October 15-17, 2015, Mexico City, Mexico |   VII International Congress celebrating the XX anniversary of the Mexican Academy of Bioethics   , Dr.  Sergio Litewka, Institute for Bioethics and Health Policies international director was a keynote speaker at the   VII International Congress celebrating the XX anniversary of the Mexican Academy of Bioethics  between   October 15-17, 2015.  There is a long standing history of collaboration between the Bioethics Institute, formerly University of Miami Ethics Programs and the Mexican Academy of Bioethics Director, Dr. Martha Tarasco. The interest in bioethics courses, seminars and workshops, as well as the relevance that research ethics and clinical ethics committees are acquiring in Mexican healthcare centers and academia is growing exponentially. This joint activity is one of many that are being planned to be carried out in Mexico City during 2016 between the Academy and the University of Miami Institute of Bioethics.

October 1-2, 2015, Mexico City, Mexico   CONBIOETICA, the Bioethics Mexican Commission   , The University of Miami Institute of Bioethics and Health Policies was represented by its international director, Dr. Sergio Litewka during the National Meeting for Research Ethics Committees   organized by CONBIOETICA, the Bioethics Mexican Commission. The meeting, carried out during October 1st- 2nd 2015 in Mexico City was divided in two sections. During the first day, the Commission organized a seminar on research ethics that was open to the public. With more than 300 attendants, Dr. Litewka keynote presentation versed on research ethics challenges at the beginning of the XXI century.
The second day was a meeting by invitation in which CONBIOETICA president, Dr. Manuel Ruiz de Chavez, representatives for research and clinical ethics committees from different Mexican states, Dr. Sergio Litewka, in behalf of the University of Miami Institute of Bioethics and the CITI Program at the University of Miami and National Autonomous University delegates discussed educational models for ethics committees members. 

November 21, 2014, Cali, Colombia |   IV Taller Internacional de Ética en Investigación e Integridad Científica: Valoración del Riesgo En Investigación Con Seres Humanos, Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Medicas (CEDEIM, a WHO collaborating center for the study of Leishmaniasis),  San Buenaventura University. UM presentation: Liewka, S., “Valoración del riesgo desde la perspectiva institucional.”

November 20, 2014, Bogota, Colombia | Dr. Sergio Litewka was invited by the Javeriana authorities to present in regards to the pedagogy of ethics at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana- Bogota.   Media article.

August 18-20, 2014, Costa Rica | IV Congreso Ibersoamericano de Derecho Sanitario Y II Seminario Internacional de Derecho Sanitario “El Derecho a la salud desde una perspectiva de salud pública” Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka, La investigación biomédica en seres humanos.   Link to Program.

August 14-15, 2014, Rio de Janerio, Brazil I 4th World Conference on Research Integrity “Research Reward and Integrity: Improving Systems to Promote Responsible Research”. Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka, Strategy Meeting – Research Integrity Initiatives in Latin America and the 4th WCRI   Link to Program.

June 18-19, 2014, Tegucigalpa, Honduras |  Taller de Buenas Prácticas Clinicas Dirigido a Miembros de Comités de Êtica de Investigación e Investigadores en Honduras. Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka, Ética y Regulaciones en Investigatióne Clínica Hisoria, escáandalos y tragedias: Beecher, Tuskegee, Willowbrrok, otras.   Link to Program,   Media Article

May 14-15, 2014, Guatemala City, Guatemala | Congreso Nacional de Investigación Clínica: “Investigación Clínica: Actualidad y Futuro”   Link to program

March 14, 2014, San Juan, Puerto Rico | Research and Development: The Ethical Dimension. Drs. Paul Branschweiger, Kenneth Goodman, and Sergio Litewka were keynote speakers.   Video of the day’s presentations  and speaker slides…. Link to program..... For poster   click here.

February 25-26, 2014, Porto Alegre, Brazil | III Encontro Internacional do Instituto de Bioética da PUCRS: Integridade na Pesquisa.   Link to program.

December 2013, Mexico | Gaceta Conbiética, México 2014: Sede Mundial de la Bioética. Simposio internacional de aperura, Año III Núm. 10 Diciembre de 2013.   Link to newsletter.

December 5-6, 2013  , Mexico City, Mexico | Seminario Sobre Divulgacón de la Bioética.   Link to program.

December 5, 2013  , Tegucigalpa, Honduras | Bioética en el siglo XXI: retos y oportunidades. For more information   click here.

December 4 - 5, 2013, Mexico | Dr. Sergio Litewka was a keynote speaker in a seminar on divulgation for bioethics activities, organized by the Mexican National Bioethics Commission. The seminar addressed several topics related to healthcare technology, media, genetics research and ethics. On page 70 of the publication  linked here  there is more information about Dr Litewka ’s involvement in this activity.

November 5-6, 2013, Guatemala City, Guatemala | Curso-Taller: Actualización en Ética en la Investigación con Sujetos Humanos.   Link to program.

October 18, 2013, Cali, Colombia | 1er Taller Programa de Protección de Humanos en Investigación Conference, Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka, “Ética de la Investigación Científica: Puentes entre la Teoría y la Práctica.”   Link to program... link to agenda.

August 3, 2013, Lima, Peru | Dr. Sergio Litewka hosted studies on Human Research Protection and Responsible Conduct of Research with Universidad del Valle Guatemala Ministry of Health and in conjunction with Pan-American Health Organization.   Link to Program

April 3-5, 2013, Miami, Florida | Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) Conference, Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka, “AAHRPP: Human protections programs have made great strides.”   Link to article.

February 25, 2013, San Salvador, El Salvador | Primer Congreso Iberoamericano de Ética de la Investigación en Salud, Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka, “Los Comités de Ética de la investigación y sus Problemas en los Países Desarrollados y en Vías de Desarrollo.”  Link to program.

February 19, 2013, Kingston, Jamaica | Health Information Use & Protection: NBCJ 1st Consultation Meeting, National Bioethics Committee of Jamaica, Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, PAHO/WHO Ministry of Health, Presentation, Dr. Kenneth W. Goodman, “HIPAA or not? The US experience.”   Link to program.

February 18, 2013, Kingston, Jamaica | Beyond the Common Law Protection of Confidences in Health Care: A Seminar, National Bioethics Committee of Jamaica, University of the West Indies and Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, Presentation, Dr. Kenneth W. Goodman, “Medical informatics and confidentiality.”  Link to program.

January 25, 2013, México DF | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Presentation, Dr. Sergio Litewka, “Perspectivas Internacionales en Integridad Cientifica: De los principios a la practica.”   Link to program  ….   Link to   Gaceta Bioméedicas .... Dr. Litewka with UNAM students

August 17, 2012, México DF | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sergio Litewka, “Ética en Investigación: Retos y Fortalezas.”   Link to program....   Link to publication.

June 4, 2012, Toluca, México |  “International Congress of Bioethics,” Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Presentation, Dr. Kenneth W. Goodman, “Bioética, Technología de la Información y Salud.”   Link to program.

October 10, 2012, Cali, Colombia |  II Taller Internacional de Etica en Investigacion:  Integridad Cientifica, Presentations, Drs. Sergio Litewka and Paul Braunschweiger.    Guest Speakers,   Link to Program,   Media

For more information contact   Ken Goodman