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Fogarty awards new bioethics grants

July 11, 2011

Fogarty has awarded eight grants totaling $7.4 million over five years to strengthen training in ethics related to medical and biological research in low- and middle-income countries. New and renewal awards from Fogarty's International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award program will help provide graduate curricula and educational opportunities for those working in areas of research involving human subjects in resource-poor settings.

Three of the awards will fund new programs at Dartmouth College, Yale University and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, while a planning grant will provide support to Makerere University in Uganda. Another four awards will provide renewal funding for existing bioethics programs administered by Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Case Western Reserve University.

"Bioethics is fundamental to all clinical research and these awards will develop critical expertise necessary for ethical human subjects research," said Fogarty Director Dr. Roger Glass. "This funding will help enrich the careers of individuals from developing countries, while enabling ethical clinical and public health research at their home institutions and countries."

Dartmouth's new award will cultivate research bioethics expertise among scientists, faculty, health care providers and other professionals at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania by creating new graduate level curricula and revising existing courses. Yale's grant will facilitate the creation of a long-term training program at Xiangya School of Medicine at Central South University in China, drawing from materials and courses in use at Yale. Ethical challenges related to research on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and emerging chronic diseases in southern Africa will be the focus of the new curriculum supported by Stellenbosch University's award. The four renewal awards will support ongoing bioethics programs in countries including Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria, Romania, Russia and Tajikistan.

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