Fogarty recently awarded five grants totaling $4.8 million over five years to advance ethics training related to medical and biomedical research. New and renewal grants from Fogarty's International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award will allow institutions in low- and middle-income countries to create graduate curricula and educational opportunities for clinical researchers working in areas involving human subjects.
Two of the awards will fund new programs to train researchers in Thailand, Vietnam and China, while a two-year planning grant will support development of a project in Bolivia. Another two awards will provide renewal funding for ongoing ethics training in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar and 17 Central and Eastern European countries.
"Medical research abroad must proceed on a sound ethical basis," said Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass. "These new awards will help provide master's level training for researchers and health professionals, ensuring research with human subjects is carried out in an ethical manner."
Stanford University's award will help launch a new center in Taiwan that will conduct training on ethics related to health services research, initially focusing on trainees based in Thailand and Vietnam. The University of Pittsburgh will establish a new two-year bioethics training program in China with its grant, with the goal of training 30 students. A planning grant to the University of San Andres in La Paz, Bolivia, will help researchers to eventually implement a comprehensive ethics project meant to significantly improve the Bolivian research culture. The two renewal awards will support grantees at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Union Graduate College in Schenectady, New York, who have been conducting training in sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.
The awards are partly supported by NIH funding partner, the National Human Genome Research Institute.
Fogarty Bioethics awards