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International Research Ethics Education And Curriculum Development Award


The Fogarty International Center (FIC), supports domestic and international educational and research institutions to develop or expand current graduate curricula and training opportunities in international bioethics related to performing research in low- and middle-income nations.

Objectives of the Program

  1. Improve the quality of international ethics training by supporting the development of courses to provide the skills for teaching and research related to bioethics and the conduct of medical research in developing countries.

  2. Support the advance training of developing country professionals who can assume the roles and responsibilities of bioethicists involved in ethical review or clinical trial design in research and clinical investigations in their countries.

  3. Develop and provide intensive short courses specifically designed for individuals directly involved in human subjects research ethical review and in conducting clinical trials in developing countries.

  4. Developing country candidates for training are selected by the grantee institutions. Trainees may include postdoctoral behavioral or biomedical scientists, physicians, dentists, nurses, midwives, ethics review committee members, hospital directors and health policy makers as well as ethicists or philosophers with no prior experience in biomedical/clinical research.
  1. Bioethics Overview
  2. Purpose
  3. Objectives of the Program
  4. Program Announcement
  5. Inquiries
  6. Current Programs, Directors, Institutions and Descriptions
  7. International Bioethics Resources

For a listing of participants in Research Ethics Training, by region, please select from the drop-down menu:

PLEASE NOTE: Trainees are listed in the region of their home countries where their training program is targeted.

IV. Program Announcement

Program Announcement (RFA-TW-08-002)

V. Inquiries

Please direct inquiries about programmatic issues to:

Barbara Sina, Ph.D.

Program Director
Division of International Training and Research
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room B2C39
31 Center Drive, MSC 2220
Bethesda, MD 20892-2220
Telephone: (301) 402-9467
FAX: (301) 402-0779

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VI. Current Programs, Directors, Institutions and Descriptions

R25-TW001603 - International Research Ethics Training Program (2007-2011)

Sana Loue, Ph.D, JD, MPH

Case Western Reserve University
Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4945
Email: Sana.Loue@cwru.edu
Telephone: 216-368-3743
Fax: 216-368-3970

The training program includes trainees from Russia and Romania in a Master's degree program in Bioethics and, in addition, offers one in-country certificate program per year. The training program consists of a multi-component program to be conducted with overseas collaborators, representing eight countries and territories. The proposed program consists of (1) CWRU-based training of three trainees per year, who will receive an M.A. degree in Bioethics; (2) the conduct of in-country certificate programs related to bioethics; (3) faculty-student exchanges; (4) participation in the authorship and production of a quarterly newsletter addressing ethical issues of mutual interest; (5) an internet-based mechanism for exhange. The program will enable participants to develop or enhance one or more of the following competencies: (1) to participate actively and/or assume a leadership role on an ethical review committee; (2) to teach international research ethics; (3) to understand clinical ethics, how to translate research into clinical practice, and how clinical practice informs research; (4) to conduct theoretical and/or empirical research in international research ethics; (5) to develop professional networking skills and relationships in the field of research ethics. This training program provides health professionals with the skills necessary to balance ethical concerns with scientific advances to achieve a reasoned approach to the delivery of health care and public health programs, such as disease surveillance and prevention.

R25-TW007102 - Masters in Research Ethics at Aga Khan University (2007-2011)

Aasim Ahmad, MBBS, FCPS, MHSc.

Aga Khan University
Bioethics Group & Bioethics Unit
Stadium Road
Karachi, Pakistan
Email: ahmadaasim@yahoo.com
Telephone: 92-21-4930051 Ext. 5521 & 5522
Fax: 92-21-493-4294 & 493-2095

Aga Khan University Bioethics Training Program is designed to take into account the impact of social influences, regional culture and Islamic philosophy, but also recognizes the influence of Western philosophy on moral discourse. The program is comprised of five modules: Basic Bioethics, Research Ethics, Clinical Ethics, Bioethics Education, Health Equity, Policy and Ethics. The Masters Program is comprised of the five modules and a dissertation (original research). The Research Ethics Certificate is comprised of a mandatory Basic Bioethics module and Research Ethics module as well as other modules of choice if space is available. The faculty includes renowned individuals in Islamic jurisprudence, law, and health policy from Aga Khan University and other institutions. The program would be guided by an Advisory Committee, comprising distinguished bioethicists from western countries, and individuals representing key institutions involved in healthcare and research from within the region and Pakistan. The specific aim is to train core group of key personnel, carefully selected for their potential to have a maximum impact in their respective institutions within Pakistan and Islamic developing countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization.

R25-TW007075 - International Biomedical Research Ethics Fellowship: Indonesia (2007-2011)

Patricia Kuszler, MD, JD

University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3030
Email: kuszler@u.washington.edu
Telephone: 206-685-0511
Fax: 206-543-2164

The academic curriculum is designed to allow each Fellow to choose eTwo to three fellows will participate per year from Indonesia, in a curriculum at the University of Washington composed of foundational core courses focused on biomedical research ethics complemented by related elective courses.lectives that will speak to the specific cultural, social, and economic challenges they will face when they return to Indonesia and seek to implement research ethics programs and enhanced human subjects' protections. The post-program phase of the program will be a mentored application of an educational intervention and/or strategic plan to improve research ethics and practice in Indonesia. Fellows will earn a Graduate Certificate in Research Ethics. The Fellowship Program will be guided by an advisory board, including representatives from the leading research universities in Indonesia. The Fellowship also will work closely with extant Fogarty-funded programs collaborating with Indonesia at the University of Washington in developing and implementing this training program.

R25-TW1606 - University of Toronto MHSc in Bioethics International Stream (2004-2008)

Peter Singer, MD

University of Toronto
Joint Centre for Bioethics
88 College Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Email: peter.singer@utoronto.ca
Telephone: 416-978-4756
Fax: 416-978-1911
Associate Program Directors: Ross Upshur and Jim Lavery

Four trainees will be carefully selected each year for potential impact in their home country. Building upon the success of the program over the past 4 years (17 graduates as of June 2004), the reach of the program will extend to the Middle East (in partnership with WHO-EMRO), refocus on West Africa (especially Ghana and Nigeria), and continue to focus on South Asia (extending beyond India and Pakistan to Bangladesh). Trainees will complete ten months of course work (8 courses and a research practicum) in general bioethics and international research bioethics, resulting in an MHSc degree in Bioethics. This will be followed by fourteen months of mentored research, educational, and leadership bioethics activities in trainee's home country culminating in a workshop in Toronto to facilitate inter-trainee exchange of experiences, ideas, successes, and challenges.

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R25-TW1604 - JHU-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program (2004-2008)

Nancy Kass, SCD

Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health
624 North Broadway, Room 344
Baltimore, Maryland 21205
Email: nkass@jhsph.edu
Telephone: 410-955-0310
Fax: 410-614-9567
Associate Program Director: Adnan Hyder
Email: ahyder@jhsph.edu

Three fellows per year will be selected primarily from Sub-Saharan Africa for one year of bioethics and research ethics training. The trainees will spend the first six months at Johns Hopkins participating in an intensive program of bioethics and research methodology courses, IRB observations, seminars at Johns Hopkins and NIH, the Intensive Bioethics Course at Georgetown University, and serving as teaching assistants in the JHU summer international ethics course. While at JHU, each trainee will write a 15-20 page practicum proposal. Fellows will then return to their home countries for an original, mentored, funded six-month practicum. Two additional trainees per year will complete a new one-month program consisting of two intensive one-week courses, special seminars, visits to OHRP, FDA, and NIH, and interactions with trainees from three other Fogarty programs.

R25-TW 7093 - Centrally Coordinated Bioethics Education for India (2004-2008)

Nandini K. Kumar, MBBS, DCP, MHSc

Assistant Director General
Division of Basic Medical Sciences, Indian Council of Medical Research
Ansari Nagar
New Delhi 110029
Email: kumarnk@icmr.org.in
Telephone/Fax: 91-11-26589391

The Indian council of Medical Research (ICMR) is the central body for formulating, coordinating, and promoting biomedical research in India. The ICMR is working to build capacity in culturally sensitive bioethics education with special emphasis on research ethics related to genetics, drug development (including traditional medicine), social sciences, and international research ethics. The specific objectives of the program are as follows: (1) To develop a working system for program direction through a National Task Force, (2) To develop a centrally coordinated Bioethics network of faculty among ICMR and non-ICMR Institutions to disseminate the curriculum, (3) To develop capacity in bioethics education through a training program based on a uniform national bioethics curriculum, and (4) To develop a system of evaluation to modify the curriculum on an ongoing basis through feedback.

R25-TW 7085 - E-Education in Research Ethics: Central and Eastern Europe (2004-2008)

Martin Strosberg, MPH, PhD

Union Graduate College
Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership
807 Union Street, Lamont House
One Union Avenue
Schenectady, New York 12308
Email: strosbem@union.edu
Telephone: (518) 383-6299
Fax: (515) 388-6754

Building on the model of its successful Web-based distance learning Masters in Bioethics Program, Union Graduate College, in partnership with the Dept. of Medical History and Ethics of Vilnius University (Lithuania), will develop and deliver a graduate level on-line and on-site advanced certificate program, "E-Education in Research Ethics: Central and Eastern Europe." Its purpose is to build capacity in research ethics in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). In sequence, two cohorts of 13 CEE students will complete the 16-month, 7 courses (4 on-line courses and 3 on-site, short courses given at Vilnius University) certificate program while remaining almost entirely in their home institutions. The partnership will create a virtual infrastructure to support the two cohorts of research ethics students, provide public on-line resources on research ethics for CEE, and develop Vilnius University as a CEE center of excellence in international bioethics and research ethics. In the process, the partnership will train and mentor faculty from CEE to continue this on-line program when the grant period is ended. Of the 26 students receiving the advanced certificate, a minimum of three will be offered a scholarship to go on to complete the on-line Masters in Bioethics from Union Graduate College.

R25-TW 7098 - Strengthening Bioethics Capacity and Justice in Health (2004-2008)

Wilfrida Behets, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Epidemiology
CB 7435, McGavran-Greenberg
McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-7435
Email: frieda_behets@unc.edu
Telephone: (919) 966-7440
Fax: (919) 966-2089

This program builds bioethical training and research capacity at the Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through expansion of its partnerships with the University of North Carolina (UNC), and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (UCL). Four Congolese scholars will complete a one-year intensive postgraduate, master-level training program in Bioethics at UCL, and 5 months of mentored bioethics research development, curriculum building, and IRB training at UNC. Upon return to DRC, scholars at the new KSPH Center of Bioethics (CB), will reinforce local IRB capacity; perform innovative and socially relevant independent bioethics research; develop a two-week bioethics module integrated into the MPH program at KSPH; establish a bioethics documentation and consultation service; create original pedagogical material focusing on developing world bioethical issues; design a bioethics website and develop e-learning capacities, and in the fourth year, offer a 2-week intensive course in bioethics for scholars from throughout Francophone Africa. The diverse activities at the new KSPH Center of Bioethics will serve its mission to promote responsible biomedical research and clinical practice in DRC and in Francophone Africa.

R25-TW 7087 - Training for Scholarships in Research Ethics (2004-2008)

Thomas Tomlinson, PhD

Michigan State University
Center for Ethics and Humanities
C208 E. Fee Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Email: Tom.Tomlinson@ht.msu.edu
Telephone: (517) 355-1634
Fax: (517) 353-3289

This joint collaboration between The College of Medicine of the University of Malawi and Michigan State University has two primary goals: (1) To develop an indigenous community of scholars in Malawi and elsewhere in the region who will become active contributors to the literature of international research ethics, speaking to issues which are of particular relevance for Africa and (2) To develop an indigenous curriculum relevant to research ethics which can attract talented African students to an academic career in bioethics. The program will select trainees who occupy responsible university or institutional positions, hold advanced degrees in relevant disciplines, and show promise of scholarly or research potential. Trainees will take advanced level coursework specific to their core discipline and their planned area of research at Michigan State University and in Malawi. Trainees will implement research projects in Malawi, advised by a Malawi-based scholar and (electronically) by a mentor from MSU, and will develop a final research report suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. In consultation with their mentors, trainees will also develop plans for a course related to issues in research ethics that can be offered through the trainee's home institution upon their return.

R25-TW 7090 - International Research Bioethics Training Program: Egypt (2004-2008)

Henry Silverman, MD, MA

University of Maryland
School of Medicine
Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
660 West Redwood Street, Howard Hall
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-1596
Email: hsilverm@medicine.umaryland.edu
Telephone: (410) 706-6250
Fax: (410) 706-8162

This program provides two types of educational opportunities. Trainees may attend an eight month Certificate Program consisting of a two-month intensive training program in research ethics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD followed by a six-month period during which trainees develop a workshop in research ethics at their institution and conduct a project in research ethics. Alternatively, there is a two-year Fellowship training program leading to a Master's Degree in research ethics. Trainees develop educational programs in research ethics (e.g., workshops in research ethics for investigators and members of research ethics committees), assume leadership positions in the ethical review of research (e.g. chairs and members of research ethics committees), and contribute to the international dialogue in research ethics (e.g. presentations at conferences).

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R25 TW007091 West African Bioethics Training Program (2006-2010)

Clement Adebamowo

Department of Surgery
College of Medicine, University of Ibadan
University College Hospital
Ibadan, Oyo State
Email: cadebamo@yahoo.com
Telephone: 234-2-2410995
Fax: 234-2-2410995

This is a comprehensive training program in international research ethics designed to take advantage of the resources at the University of Ibadan, its collaborating institutions including the Dominican Institute, its unique historical role in biomedical, behavioral and social sciences' education and research in Nigeria, its historical linkages with the other universities in Nigeria and throughout West Africa to offer Masters' and Doctorate degrees, certificate and refresher courses to members of ethics committees, biomedical researchers, ethics' committee administrators, and other individuals considered capable of becoming leaders in bioethics in their institutions in Nigeria and other West African countries. In addition, there are training modules in scientific integrity, good clinical practices (GCP) and good laboratory practices (GLP), grantsmanship, and pedagogy. The program will also organize public lectures and symposia to increase public awareness of bioethics in Nigeria and West Africa in general.

R25 TW007726 International Public Health Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Planning Grant (2006-2008)

Benfu Li

Peking Univ Heath Sciences Ctr
Dept of Medical Humanities
38 Xueyuan Road
Medical Ethics Program
Haidian District Beijing, 100083
Email: ethics@bjmu.edu.cn
Telephone: 86-10-82801299
Fax: 86-10-82802749

With the support of the CDC of China, the Medical Ethics Program will work with the School of Public Health and other programs in the Peking University Health Science Center to develop a graduate curriculum for Public Health Research Ethics, pilot test training and publish a practicable textbook of public health research ethics. Courses in public health research ethics will be planned for all undergraduate students in medical school and graduate students in the school of public health. A summer school short course for public health researchers, IRB members, government officers and potential public health research ethics teachers China will be developed.

R25 TW001605 A Training Program in Research Ethics in the Americas (2006-2010)

Florencia Luna, Program Director

Ruth Macklin: Program Co-director
Ayacucho 551 (C1026AAC)
Ciudad Autonoma De Buenos Aires
Email: florluna@pccp.com.ar
Telephone: 54 11 5238 9354
Fax: 54 11 4375-1373
Program Coordinator: Natalia Righetti nrighetti@flacso.org.ar

The chief aims of this training program in Latin America are a) to provide in-depth education in research ethics for a cadre of researchers, academics, and health professionals; b) to contribute to capacity building and sustainable programs in research ethics in Latin America; c) to explore pressing issues and unresolved problems related to international research; d) to provide leadership in promoting ethical review of research and expert consultation to researchers and institutions; and e) to foster ongoing collaborations and networking in the Americas. The program will train four long-term trainees each year in a four-month residency at FLACSO, during which the trainees will: participate in a week-long intensive seminar; enroll in other courses at FLACSO that will be required; attend meetings of research ethics committees in private and public hospitals in Buenos Aires; develop a mentored research project and plan its implementation for when they return to their home institutions. The trainees will then spend a six-month period at their home institutions when they will enroll in a 16-week distance-learning course. The distance learning course will be open to 16-20 applicants (short- term trainees) in addition to the four long-term trainees.

R25 TW001599 South African Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI) (2006-2010)

Doug Wassenaar, PhD

Associate Program Directors: Dr. Mariana Kruger, (Co-Director, Pretoria), Dr. Nhanhla Mkhize (Deputy Co-director, KwaZulu-Natal), Dr. Theresa Rossouw (Deputy Co-director, Pretoria), Dr. Carel IJsselmuiden (Senior Executive Member), Dr. Nancy Kass (Baltimore, US Faculty Member). Project Administrators: Ms Debbie Marais and Ms Joyce Jakavula
School of Psychology
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Private Bag X01
Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg 3209
South Africa
Telephone: 27-33-2606162
Fax: 27-33-2605809

SARETI is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, Africa-based Masters degree program in health research ethics based on a collaboration between the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal and Pretoria, with input from Johns Hopkins University. The core of this intensive and advanced training program consists of i) modular coursework at the partner institutions, ii) practical work with ethics review committees, iii) attendance of an intensive US-based bioethics program through the Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute, and iv) the completion of a dissertation / research paper on a topic of relevance to strengthening health research ethics at the trainee's home institution, leading to submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The SARETI Support Program will support continuous professional education of Africa-based faculty, and will support the top trainees of the training program to attend relevant health research ethics meetings. At the end of the fourth year of the program, SARETI will arrange the second Africa-wide Health Research Ethics Symposium to allow trainees to share their scholarly work and ethics review experiences with their peers, to increase the African impact and networking potentials of the SARETI training program, to facilitate African exchange in health research ethics and to strengthen Africa's voice in this field. Non-core components include an Ethics Review Committee Training Program for distance learning and proposed training for oral health professionals in Africa.

R25-TW 6055 - Monash University Master of International Research Bioethics (2002-2006)

Bebe Loff, MA

Monash Medical School
Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
Alfred Hospital
Prahran, Victoria 3181
Email: bebe.loff@med.monash.edu.au
Telephone: 613 99030587
Fax: 613 99030576

This program offers a Master's degree in International Research Bioethics to developing country academics, researchers, health professionals, and members of non-government organizations from countries in the Asia Pacific (with a special focus on China, Vietnam and Thailand). The Master of International Research Bioethics program will consist of twelve core units that encompass bioethics, research bioethics in an international setting, research methodology in international health, relevant law and practicums.

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R25 TW00767 Planning Grant for Distance Education Course on Bioethics and International Research Ethics for Brazil (2006-2008)

Sergio Rego

CEP: 21040-361
10TH FLR, RMS 1013-1016
Email: rego@ensp.fioucruz.br
Telephone: 55-21-22092252
Fax: 55-21-22092642

This planning project will prepare the first distance course on bioethics and international research ethics, in Portuguese, to Brazilian researchers and to researchers from other Portuguese spoken countries. Strategies for optimizing and expanding bioethics and research ethics education in the master's and doctorate levels through partnerships among the public educational institutions in Rio de Janeiro will be developed. The project will also create informative support material for research subjects. Preparation of the course will occur in three phases: (a) preparation of the general guidelines for the course to be used in four workshops; (b) preparation of the course itself including workshops to prepare case studies and didactic texts (c) refinement of texts and pedagogic review of the course. ENSP is accredited by Ministry of Education of Brazil to offer distance courses. The faculty includes professors from the major universities of Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte.

R25-TW6057 - International Research Ethics Networks for Southern Africa (IRENSA) (2006-2010)

Solomon Benatar, MDOT

University of Cape Town
Department of Medicine
J Floor GSH
Old Main Building Rooms 47-49
Observatory, 7925 Western Cape, South Africa
Email: sbenatar@uctgsh1.uct.ac.za
Telephone: 27-21-406-6115
Fax: 27-21-448-6815

The International Research Ethics Network for Southern Africa (IRENSA) program offers mid-career professionals the opportunity to obtain a post-graduate diploma in international research ethics by attending three two-week intensive modules over one academic year, with practicum assignments completed at their home institutions. The program based at the University of Cape Town recruits ethic review committee members, scientists, clinicians, academics, government and military regulators, and researchers from the public and private sectors from South Africa and other African countries. The program includes an annual two day seminar for over 100 participants and a new module on global health, public health ethics and public health research ethics.

R25 TW007697 Creating Collaborative Research Ethics Education with Costa Rica

Elizabeth Heitman

Vanderbilt University
319 Oxford House
Nashville,TX 37232
Email: elizabeth.heitman@vanderbilt.edu
Telephone: 615-936-2696
Fax: 615-936-3800

A team of experienced research ethics educators from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Costa Rican Hospital Nacional de Ninos will create the Collaborative Research Ethics Education (CREE) program to address Costa Rica's need for formal systematic biomedical research ethics education and capacity building in ethical research design, conduct, and review of human participant research. A series of interrelated educational and practical training activities, will create 1) a masters program for early-career investigators in clinical and public health science and mentored research in research ethics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; 2) a five-week practicum in research ethics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for Costa Rican research ethics review committee directors, 3) a four-day Research Ethics Committee Members Course at the Hospital Nacional de Ninos for Costa Rican research ethics committee members and administrators 4) a four-day Research Educators Course at the Hospital Nacional de Ninos for Costa Rican biomedical science educators in research ethics and the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and 5) curricular materials in Spanish on research ethics and RCR that are tailored to the Central American context and that can be further developed for local, regional, and multinational collaborative research, through an open-access website and professional publications and presentations.

R25 TW006070- Indiana University-Moi University Academic Research Ethics Partnership (2008-2012)

Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D.

Indiana University Center for Bioethics
410 West 10th Street, Suite 3100
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Email: emeslin@iupui.edu
Telephone: (317) 278-4034
Fax: (317) 278-4050

The Indiana University-Moi University Academic Research Ethics Partnership (IU-Moi AREP) is a curriculum development and training initiative that builds on longstanding partnerships and collaborations in East Africa. The IU-Moi AREP will develop two Master's degree programs: one at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) and one at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. These graduate programs will have common and overlapping components, joint advisory committees, shared dissemination plans and harmonized evaluation strategies. Both programs will include a curriculum involving required core courses and electives and a year-long practicum as well as one semester of which will be taken at the counterpart university. Each Master's program will enroll a minimum of three students per year. In addition, each institution will convene annual workshops on Teaching Skills in International Research Ethics to provide training to approximately 20 faculty and students each year. All materials will be collected in training modules that will be distributed as CDs and online with the assistance of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

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