For those of my readers going to PAS in Washington DC, I have put together a panel to discuss painful procedures in neonatal research projects, which starts at 2pm on Saturday, April 29, 2023. The stellar cast of speakers include the moderator John Lantos, who will introduce the topic and talk about research ethics and how painful interventions in children and babies fit into the ethical framework. I will give some examples of painful procedures in neonatal research projects, how they were justified, if at all, and try to create some guidelines for what might be acceptable, Ruth Grunau will talk about how pain adversely affects the developing brain, and Sunny Juul will talk about designing research projects that minimize additional pain.
I think it will be an important and informative session, hopefully with enough chairs for everyone who wants to attend. It is in the convention center 145 AB.