MSF Scientific Days will take place in London on 20 & 21 May 2016 and will be streamed live online.  Read the agenda for 21 May below.  Click here to view the agenda for 20 May.  All timings are in UK time. 


MSF Scientific Days - Innovation

9.00 – 9.15 Welcome and introduction - Arjan Hehenkamp, General Director, MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam


Session 1

9.15 - 9.45 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Kilian Kleinschmidt, Chairman of Switxboard and former head of Zaatari camp, Jordon

9.45 - 11.15 Big data & health information systems (HIS)

Chair: Chris Paton, Group Head for Global Health Informatics at the Centre for Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford

Joana Borrero Luz, MSF

Jesse Berns, The Impact Lab

Ziad El-Khatib, MSF

​Jerlie Coraldine Loko Roka, MSF

Olivier Cheminat and Inma González, MSF

11.15 - 11.45 Morning break

Session 2

11.45 - 12.45 New operational models for hard-to-access populations

Chair: Tejshri Shah, former Child Health Team Lead for WHO in Sierra Leone/incoming MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam Council Chair

Liliana Palacios, MSF

Emmanuel Goumou, MSF

Néstor Rubiano Soto, MSF

12.45 - 14.15 Lunch and Demonstration Session: Health promotion through a video game; An electronic medical record for emergencies (EMR-E); 3D printing & virtual reality for hospitals; Digitalising data for MSF cold chain quality control; MSF's clinical guidance mobile application; Securing the MSF pharmaceutical supply chain; MSFeCARE to improve antibiotic prescription; A steam steriliser for surgical activities; Latebreakers.


Session 3

14.15 – 14.45 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Zubin Damania, CEO of Turntable Health and ZDoggMD

14.45 – 16.00 eHealth & applied technology

Chair: Eric Perakslis, Senior Vice President and Head of the Data Science Institute at Takeda Oncology; Visiting Faculty at the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School

Rob Marr, MSF

Clotilde Rambaud-Althaus, MSF

Nicolas Peyraud, MSF

Estrella Lasry, MSF

16.00 – 16.30 Afternoon Break


Session 4

16.30 - 17.30 Innovation pitch

Chair: Robin Vincent-Smith, Programme, Change & Knowledge Manager, General Directorate, MSF

Panellists: Robyn Lui, Founder and Principal Strategist, Social Change Collective; Brice de le Vingne, Director of Operations for MSF-Operational Centre Brussels; John Pringle, Vice Chair, MSF Ethics Review Board and Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Tejshri Shah, former Child Health Team Lead for WHO in Sierra Leone/incoming MSF Operational Centre Amsterdam Council Chair

  • Introduction to the session and the Ethics Framework for Medical Humanitarian Intervention 

Robin Vincent-Smith, MSF

Marta A Balinska, MSF

Alba Ripoll Gallardo, CRIMEDIM - Research Center in Emergency and Disaster Medicine - Universita del Piemonte Orientale

Manuel Silva Gallego, MSF

Idriss Ait-Bouziad, MSF

17.30 - 17.45 Closing remarks - Kiran Jobanputra, Deputy Head of Manson Unit, MSF UK


17.45 Drinks in the Atrium


An ethics framework for medical humanitarian innovation

The framework has been developed in response to a growing gap in ethics oversight for innovation projects, and was sparked by a challenge raised at the 2015 Innovation MSF Scientific Day.
It is intended to be a useful and flexible tool for all organisations undertaking innovative projects in humanitarian settings. It should enable staff without a grounding in medical ethics to identify and balance the harms and benefits of innovation projects. It is a work in progress and will be adapted based on feedback after use in the 2016 Innovation MSF Scientific Day.

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