International Symposium


Critical Ethics Issues for Health Research in Africa

Thursday, December 4, 2014

9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST


Session 1: Opening Remarks and Comments – Moderator: Adnan Hyder, MD, PhD, MPH

  • Michael Klag, MD, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Welcome
  • Barbara Sina, PhD, Program Director, Division of International Training and Research, Fogarty International Center, NIH – Welcome & Remarks
  • Nancy Kass, ScD, Deputy Director for Public Health, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics – Welcome & Remarks
  • Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics – Welcome & Comments on Justice as a Critical Ethics Issue for Health Research in Africa


Session 2: Policy, Politics & Health Research Ethics – Moderator: Nancy Kass, ScD

  • Leonard Rubenstein, JD, Director of the Program on Human Rights, Health and Conflict, Center for Public Health and Human Rights – Human Rights Considerations in Health Research in Africa
  • Aminu Yakubu, MPH, Senior Health Research Officer, National Health Research Ethics Committee, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria – A National Response to the Ethics Dimensions of Ebola
  • Robert Ssekubugu, Head of Research Programs, Rakai Health Sciences Program/Uganda Virus Research Institute; Gershom Chongwe, Vice Chair, National Health Research Ethics Committee, Zambia – Comments on LGBTQ Legislation in Africa: Implications for Public Health & Health Research


Session 3: Capacity Development for Health Research Ethics – Moderator: Wen Kilama, PhD

  • Paul Ndebele, PhD, Director, Medical Research Council, Zimbabwe – 15 Years of Capacity Development for Research Ethics: Where Have We Come and What Remains
  • Robert Ssekubugu – Research Ethics on the Ground: The Experience of Research Implementers
  • Caroline Kithinji, Coordinator, Ethical Review Committee, Kenya Medical Research Institute; Dimpho Ralefala, IRB Officer, University of Botswana – Comments on Research Ethics Committees in Africa: Operational Challenges and Strategies


Session 4: Media Perspectives on Health Research & Ethics – Moderator: Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, Deputy Director for Policy and Administration, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

  • Martin Anu Nkematabong, Senior Research Officer, Senate; Reporter, Cameroon Tribune, Cameroon – Health Research Reporting in Africa: Challenges, Influences & Needs
  • Nell Greenfieldboyce, Science Correspondent, National Public Radio – Engaging the US Public in the Ethics Dimensions of Ebola in West Africa
  • David Brown, MD, Journalist, Physician – Experiences in Ethics & Global Health Reporting

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