December 13–14, 2017, Abuja-Nigeria

2017 Annual Bioethics Forum

Participation in research and research demands : Striking the balance


The New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) and the Bioethics Society of Nigeria (BESON) plans to hold the 2017 Annual Bioethics Forum in Nigeria for the 12th and 13th of December, 2017. This year’s theme is ‘Participation in Research and Research demands: striking the Balance’.

The target audiences for the Forum are members of health research ethics committees in Nigeria, academics, donor agencies, research funding agencies in Nigeria and implementing partners within the health sector in Nigeria. We anticipate that for this first meeting, we shall be hosting a minimum of 150 participants.

Cost of Registration: N25,000


  1. To update participants on the critical issues that inform the design and implementation of clinical trials
  2. To discuss current quagmire and challenging ethical issues associated with the review of clinical trial protocols in Nigeria,
  3. To identify local ethical concerns with the implementation of research.

Rockview Royale Hotel, Plot 194/195 Card Zone A8,
Ademola Adetokunboh Crescent,
Wuse II, Abuja. Nigeria, West Africa



Bridget Haire


Kola Oyedeji


Prof Kristin Peterson


Prof Z Iliyu


Prof Grace. O. Tayo


G. Mason


Nnamak Bali


Amaka Enemuo


Ella David-Ette


Prof M Borodo


Day 1

Plenary 1

Chairperson: Prof M Borodo,  Aminu Kano University, Kano, Nigeria

  1. Economies of health: through the lens of  the pharmaceuticals - Kristin. Peterson
  2. Economies of health: through the lens of researchers                   - Elhadji. Mbaye


Roundtable 1

Economies of health: the headaches and dilemmas of ethics committees

Chairperson: Prof Grace .O.Tayo, Babcock University, Ilishan- Remo, Ogun State

  1. Case study: NIMR                  Olayide Akanni
  2. Case Study: Babcock             Prof Dora Akinboye
  3. Case Study:  Kano                 Prof Borodo


Roundtable 2

Culture, bioethics and international studies

Chairperson: Dr Chidi Nweneka, Capacity Building Specialist

  1. Case study: Guinea - Dr Sylla N'nah Djenab
  2. Case study: Ghana - Louis Adu-Amoah
  3. Case study: Liberia - Ms Gloria Mason


Plenary 2

Mind the gap: marriage of thoughts, torts and taught
Chairperson: Prof E Adejuyigbe, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

1. Bioethics, the law and research: where do the limits lie                      - Dr Bridget Haire
2.Standard of care and research: legal, ethical and community perspectives – Ms F Durueke


Day 2


Plenary 3

The conundrum of medical research
Chairperson:  Prof Kristin Peterson

  1. Unethical exclusion, unethical inclusion                                               -Bridget Haire
  2. Politics, economics and research: the burden study participants bear        -Kola Oyedeji


Roundtable 3

We are not invisible, we are vulnerable: hearing the voices from the field
Chairperson: Dr Bode Kayode, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

  1. Community leader from Jos       Nnamak Bali
  2. Female sex workers                   Irene Jim
  3. Transgender                                EllaDavid-Ette
  4. Journalists                                    Jumoke Owoola


Roundtable 4

Take-away from the conference: What next
Chairperson:Prof K Oyedeji, Secretary, Bioethics Society of Nigeria
Prof Kristin Peterson
Prof  Grace. O. Tayo
Prof M Borodo
Dr Morenike Folayan
Dr Chidi Nweneka