Since responsible treatment of human subjects is fundamental to all clinical research, Fogarty recently awarded four awards totaling $4.6 million to establish new bioethics initiatives in five low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Funding from Fogarty's International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award will support educational opportunities for clinical researchers conducting studies involving human subjects. The new five-year grants will enable training at sites in Grenada, Guatemala, Mexico, Mozambique and Uganda.
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Funding from Fogarty's bioethics program will help
provide educational opportunities for clinical
researchers conducting studies involving human
"We should strive to provide human research subjects in the developing world with bioethical standards and protections," said Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass. "These new awards will help work toward that goal, increasing the ranks of scientists and health professionals possessing the necessary knowledge of ethical considerations that are integral to their work."
Union Graduate College will use its award to collaborate with St. George's University in Grenada and the Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro in Mexico to offer distance learning research ethics curricula in English and Spanish to students in 21 countries bordering the Caribbean. A grant to Makerere University will allow seven Fogarty-trained Ugandan bioethicists to act as core faculty and develop new curricula, including short certificate courses. The University of Pennsylvania will develop research ethics training and enhance institutional review board capacities in Guatemala. Finally, Vanderbilt University's funding will allow trainees at University of Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique to develop research ethics curriculum materials in Portuguese for training students, faculty and ethics committee members.
The awards are partly supported by NIH funding partner, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).
2014 International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Awards