Ethics

Bank vole. Copyright: Heikke Henttonen, Finnish Forest Research Institute

The EDENext project employs a broad scope of basic and translational biological and health research on vectors of relevant existing or potentially emerging human and veterinary infections in Europe. The emphasis is on the infection’s natural cycle, including basic biology of vectors and disease reservoirs, and on vector control interventions and their systematic evaluation.

Public Health actors and decision makers are important users of the project results and interaction with these stakeholders is addressed in EDENext, with a specific work package on public health, several representatives of international organisations and public health agencies on the Advisory Board, and an Ethical Board.

The general principle applied to ethics in the EDENext project is to ensure that all partners are aware of, and have actually accounted for, the different aspects of ethical rules when designing and implementing their activities:

  • Surveys and experiments in wild and domestic animals
  • Surveys and biological samples in human populations
  • Working in developing countries

The knowledge on vectors generated under the EDENext project is expected to deliver a better understanding of the biology of vectors relevant to human and veterinary diseases. In turn, this new knowledge should help (i) to predict the emergence and spread of new vector-borne diseases, and (ii) to assess the efficacy of different interventions and develop new interventions to interrupt or limit the spread of vector-borne diseases, with the goal of protecting European citizens from these threats. The project is also expected to have a major impact in strengthening European research capacity in this field.

All EDENext's research activities are being carried out in compliance with fundamental ethical principles, and all project participants conform to the legislation and regulations of the countries in which studies are conducted, and to those in the European Union.

The EDENext Ethical Advisory Board (EAB):

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