University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers are working to promote ethics in biomedical research, public health activities and medical practice through two projects in Africa. The projects, funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, are part of a broad effort to build bioethics capacity in developing countries.
“When it comes to global health research, neither the science nor the ethics should be a one-way street,” said Stuart Rennie, PhD, who is co-principal investigator for one of the UNC projects. “People in developing countries should be involved in this conversation, as well.” Rennie is research assistant professor in the department of social medicine and co-chair of the UNC Behavioral Institutional Review Board.
Since 2004, Rennie and others have worked with local institutions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Congo, Burundi and Madagascar to lead workshops and training sessions in research ethics, establish bioethics programs at two universities and increase public awareness of research ethics in local communities. A project in South Africa launched earlier this year.
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