Press Release for Friday, September 5, 2008

WMA Secretary General Discusses Human Research Ethics

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102 

Dr. Otmar Kloiber, secretary general of the World Medical Association, will be discussing human research ethics at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the University Center on the campus of the University of North Florida. His lecture is titled “The Declaration of Helsinki Revisited: The Global Standard.” This event is free and open to the public.

The ethical standards for international medical research, as defined by the Declaration of Helsinki, are the subject of much debate. The effect of globalization may in fact contribute to a decrease in research and thus further inequalities in health care in countries with marginalized populations.

Kloiber became the foreign relations adviser at the German Medical Association (GMA) in 1991 and later took on the role of secretary of the German Medical Association in charge of foreign relations and new policy items. In 2002, he became the deputy secretary general of the GMA and three years later, Kloiber became secretary general of the World Medical Association, where he currently serves in that position.

After completing his studies in medicine at the University of Cologne, Kloiber spent a year at the University of Minnesota as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry, researching neurotoxicology and cerebral substance transport. He then spent five years as a research assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Neurological Research in Cologne in pathophysiological studies on brain energy metabolism and cerebral blood flow.

Over the past 14 years, he has been an active member of the Co-operation with the Standing Committee of European Doctors, the World Medical Association, the International Conference of Medical Chambers, the European Forum of Medical Associations, the World Health Organization, and many other national medical associations.

Kloiber serves as the international fellow and advisor for the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at UNF. He has also served as a member of the Study Commission on the Law and Ethics of Modern Medicine of the German Parliament, 14th electoral term.

For more information about this event, contact the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at (904) 620-1211 or by e-mail at