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Kate Sahan

Katherine Sahan

MA (Oxon)

Doctoral Candidate in the Ethics of Emergency Research

Kate Sahan is a DPhil student in Population Health supported by the Medical Research Council and Nuffield Department of Population Health at University of Oxford. Her supervisors are Dr Mark Sheehan, Dr Maureen Kelley and Dr Angeliki Kerasidou. Kate graduated in 2003 from Oxford with an MA (Oxon) in Literae Humaniores. She then worked for the Cochrane Collaboration for 3 years before turning to primary research administration and trials management. She volunteered as a lay member of Oxford REC C (part of the NHS National Research Ethics Service) for 6 years, going on to manage the University of Oxford Social Sciences and Humanities Research Ethics Committee. In 2013 Kate also started to work at the Ethox Centre as a research assistant. In 2015 Kate took a six month secondment at the Mahidol Tropical Medicine Research Unit, working on a qualitative research study of community engagement in mass drug administration for malaria.

Unsurprisingly, Kate is interested in research ethics committees, the way research ethics is governed, and how regulation should adapt to a changing research environment. To this end, her DPhil project titled “Justified Emergency Medicine Research”, examines the ways in which emergency research may be ethically governed and conducted by balancing the processes of ethics governance and novel enrolment approaches. She also remains interested in communities, the phenomena of community engagement and consultation, and what these add, ethically or otherwise, to research.