NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Health System and the Office for Human Research Protections will host a community forum entitled "From the Past to the Future: Protecting Research Subjects as Times Change." The forum will be held on Friday, April 4, 2008 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel and will feature local and national experts including keynote speaker Albert R. Jonsen, Ph.D., Belmont Commissioner, on the History and Ethics of Research.
The conference goal is to help the research community in the Gulf South - both biomedical and behavioral as many local institutions have hired new personnel post-Katrina. "As the research infrastructure is rebuilt, our region needs this type of regulatory and ethics training for our new people and to sharpen the skills and refresh the spirits of those who have been in this a long time," says Dr. Joseph L. Breault, MD, Chair of Ochsner Institutional Review Board and Conference Program Director.
Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes seven hospitals and 33 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and 450 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years. Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007. Ochsner has over 10,000 employees system-wide.