2016 ANNUAL BIOETHICS FORUM

ETHICS GOVERNING IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE RESEARCH

Venue : Sandralia Hotel,  No. 1 Solomon Lar Way, Jabi, FCT, Abuja.

Time: 9:00 am

The New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) and the Bioethics Society of Nigeria (BESON) plans to hold the 2016 Annual Bioethics Forum in Nigeria for the 13th of December, 2016. This year’s theme is ‘Ethics Governing Implementation Science Research’.
The objectives of the meeting are:

 

  1.  To update participants on the design and implementation of implementation science research,
  2. To discuss current known ethical issues associated with the design of implementation science research, and
  3. To identify local ethical concerns with the design of implementation research.

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.
NHVMAS and BESON are seeking for collaborators for the implementation of the first and subsequent edition of this forum. We propose that the forum shall hold the same period every subsequent years.

Participants are expected to pay N15,000 to attend the one day meeting. We are aware this would not cover the entire costs of the meeting and therefore need funds to support its implementation

0700 – 0900: Registration
Session 1: Opening Plenary
Chair: Prof Oyewale Tomori
Co-Chair: Prof William Ogala
0900 -1100 What is implementation Science Prof E. Ezeanolue
Translating research to policies and programmes Prof O. Tomori
Ethical considerations for implementation science research Dr B. Haire
1100-1130 Teabreak
Session 2: Panel Discussion

Knots and Bolts of Health Research Ethics Committee

Chair Prof Mohammad Borodo
Co-Chair Dr Joy Egwuegede
1130 -1300 How Ethics Committees Operate: expectations and realities Prof.  P.  Olatunji
Protocol review process: expectations and realities Prof O. Umeora
Monitoring of research implementation: expectations and realities Prof E. Adejuyigbe
1300-1400 Lunch Break
Session 3: Case Study: Ethical Dilemmas with implementation research: experience from the field
Chair Ms Olayide Akanni
Co-Chair  Dr Dan Allan
1400 -1530 Health Research Ethics Committee Dr P. Okonta
National research Dr N. Sam-Agudu
Multinational research Mr J. Tegli
Session 4: Closing plenary
Chair Prof  Rich Umeh
Co-Chair Prof Ademola Ajuwon
1530 -1630 Planning for the future of BESON Prof K. Oyedeji
Rapporteur’s report Ms F. Durueke
Next steps Prof Ademola Ajuwon

 

Professor Ademola J. Ajuwon  earned a BSc degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos in 1984 and a MPH degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1990. In 2000, he earned a PhD degree in public health education at the same university. He teaches health communication, ethics of public health research and research design as a member of the faculty at the Department of Health Promotion and Education, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. He has published extensively in several peer review journals including the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, BMC Medical Ethics, Reproductive Health Matters, African Journal of Reproductive Health and AIDS and Behavior.  Professor Ajuwon is the Deputy Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. His area of interests are HIV prevention among young persons, sexual coercion, and capacity development on research ethics.

Ms Olayide Akanni  is the current Chief Executive Officer of Journalists Against AIDS, an award winning Media organisation set to address HIV/AIDS related issue via effective use of the media. A former health reporter with the Punch Newspapers, Layide heads the Policy and Advocacy unit of the organisation and oversees the Abuja Office. She oversees JAAIDS projects and activities within the Federal Capital Territory as well as coordinates specifically, advocacy activities and policy reform projects. Layide is a major voice on HIV treatment access and TB/HIV control in Nigeria and Africa. In 2001, she oversaw the development of advocacy strategies that would help reform certain policies that may impact negatively on the collective efforts towards addressing the national and global AIDS challenge. So much has been achieved in this regard

Dr Chidi Nweneka is a Clinical Scientist, Advocacy Expert, and Strategist with research interests in antimicrobial resistance, HIV and malaria. He holds an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of London and a PhD degree in Child Health and Human Nutrition from the University of Glasgow, specializing in micronutrient modulation of infectious diseases. He is currently the Deputy Director, Policy and Strategy Department, and Head of the Strategy and Planning Division of the National Agency for The Control of AIDS, Nigeria. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Director Public Health Programs and Policy (and the PEPFAR Lead) for the US Department of Defense Walter Reed Program, Nigeria. He was also the Executive Director of the African AIDS Vaccine Partnership. He served as a member of the Civil Society Working Group for the Microbicide Development Strategy (2006 -2007) and a member of the Scientific Review Committee – HIV Microbicides for the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership. He leads the Ethics Committee of NHVMAS

Mr. Jemee Tegli serves as Director of Operations for the US-Liberian Clinical Partnership Program under the nomenclature “Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL).” He previously worked for the University of Liberia-Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (an HIV/STD prevention research center) as Center Director from 2011 – 2014. Mr. Tegli also serves as Coordinator of the UL-PIRE IRB. He has implemented grants in the past from the NIH, EDCTP, and WHO, etc.He has extensive background in Bioethics, Research Ethics, IRB Administration, Regional Science, Training Methodology, Community Participation and Mobilization. His current research interest includes:Research Ethics; Bioethics;Infectious Disease; Clinical trials and Grant writing. He is a former research ethics fellow at the WIRB-Copernicus Group, USA. He has written and contributed to severalresearch publications. He is one of the contributing author of the book “Research Ethics in Africa – A Resource for Research Ethics Committees.

Dr Bridget Haire is a research fellow at the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society at UNSW Australia, and the President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), the federation for the community-based response to HIV in Australia. She conducts research in the areas of research ethics, public health and human rights, particularly with regard to HIV and other blood-borne infections, sexual health and Ebola and lectures in public health ethics, global health, medical ethics, bioethics, and medical humanities at the Universities of NSW and Sydney. Bridget has a strong commitment to community-based health responses and has been involved with HIV and sexual and reproductive rights for more than 20 years. She serves on the Australian Ministerial Advisory Committee for Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections.

Dr. Kolawole Oyedeji is an Associate Professor with the College of Medicine of The University of Lagos. He has a postgraduate degree in bioethics / health research ethics. His research interest is on the epidemiology of infectious diseases. He is a member of the technical committee of the FMoH on National HIV AIDS and reproductive health survey-Plus and Ethics, Law and Human Rights Committee of New HIV Vaccine Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS). He is the coordinator of the Bioethics Society of Nigeria and  the vice chairman of the Health Research Ethics Committee of College of Medicine of the University of Lagos having served on NIMR ethics Board for over 10years.Dr Oyedeji Kolawole combines expertise in both biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Morenike Folayan works as a lecturer and researcher with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She has also published extensively on oral health issues in children and adolescents with specific focus on dental anxiety management and caries. She also has published discuss on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, bioethics consideration on community engagement in research and the pros and cons of community engagement in research. She has experience with the use of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the translation of research into policies and programmes.

Dr Kristin Peterson is a cultural anthropologist interested in postcolonial critiques of political economy, African studies, and medicine and health. Her book, Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Life in Nigeria (Duke UP 2014) examines the pharmaceutical market in Lagos, Nigeria as it is linked to the global circulation of pharmaceuticals and financial capital. Other research includes a study on failed HIV related clinical trials in several African countries; and another project examines U.S. state constructed notions of security, where oil, terrorism and AIDS comprise a foreign policy trilogy important to the U.S. war on terror in Africa.

Dr. Adebayo O. Adejumo is a Clinical and Developmental Psychologist based in the Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan (UI).  He also holds a BSc Nursing degree from the College of Medicine, UI, Ibadan.  Adebayo attended the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto, Canada where he obtained an MHSc in Bioethics in 2005, coupled with an internship at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA which he completed in Dec. 2015. He was a member of the Technical Committee that developed the National Code for Health Research Ethics, and also a member of the National Health Research Ethics Committee of Nigeria. His research interest is in health psychology, research and clinical ethics. He teaches across disciplines in Nigeria universities, coupled with about two decades of clinical practice.

Mrs. Florita .C. Durueke is the Administrative and Programme Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Calabar and a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Lagos. She is also a Professional Nurse. She has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS for over six years. She coordinates the administrative and programmatic activities of the organization. She has a passion for women and children issues. Her vision is to see a society where the rights of women and children are promoted and supported

Mr Aminu YakubuFederal Ministry of Health, Abuja 

 

 

 

 


Dr Oliver Ezechi

 

 

Dr. Kolawole Oyedeji is an Associate Professor with the College of Medicine of The University of Lagos. He has a postgraduate degree in bioethics / health research ethics. His research interest is on the epidemiology of infectious diseases. He is a member of the technical committee of the FMoH on National HIV AIDS and reproductive health survey-Plus and Ethics, Law and Human Rights Committee of New HIV Vaccine Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS). He is the coordinator of the Bioethics Society of Nigeria and  the vice chairman of the Health Research Ethics Committee of College of Medicine of the University of Lagos having served on NIMR ethics Board for over 10years.Dr Oyedeji Kolawole combines expertise in both biomedical and behavioral sciences.

 

Dr. Nadia Sam-Agudu is Senior Technical Advisor, Pediatric and Adolescent HIV, at the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) in Abuja. Dr. Sam-Agudu is also Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Baltimore, USA. She obtained her medical degree from the Mayo Clinic in the USA in 2002, and thereafter completed her Residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota, USA. She was the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Honorable Mention Young Investigator in 2007. Dr. Sam-Agudu has work and research experience in Ghana and Uganda, and has provided technical support to HIV programs in Nigeria for over 6 years. Her research interests are in using implementation science to generate evidence for sustainable prevention and treatment of HIV in children and adolescents. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a WHO-supported PMTCT study as well as a US National Institutes of Health-funded study on healthcare transitioning for Adolescents Living with HIV in Nigeria. Finally, Dr. Sam-Agudu served as member and Chair of IHVN’s Institutional Review Board for over 3 years.

 

Dr Bridget Haire is a research fellow at the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society at UNSW Australia, and the President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), the federation for the community-based response to HIV in Australia. She conducts research in the areas of research ethics, public health and human rights, particularly with regard to HIV and other blood-borne infections, sexual health and Ebola and lectures in public health ethics, global health, medical ethics, bioethics, and medical humanities at the Universities of NSW and Sydney. Bridget has a strong commitment to community-based health responses and has been involved with HIV and sexual and reproductive rights for more than 20 years. She serves on the Australian Ministerial Advisory Committee for Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections.

Mr. Jemee Tegli serves as Director of Operations for the US-Liberian Clinical Partnership Program under the nomenclature “Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia (PREVAIL).” He previously worked for the University of Liberia-Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (an HIV/STD prevention research center) as Center Director from 2011 – 2014. Mr. Tegli also serves as Coordinator of the UL-PIRE IRB. He has implemented grants in the past from the NIH, EDCTP, and WHO, etc.He has extensive background in Bioethics, Research Ethics, IRB Administration, Regional Science, Training Methodology, Community Participation and Mobilization. His current research interest includes:Research Ethics; Bioethics;Infectious Disease; Clinical trials and Grant writing. He is a former research ethics fellow at the WIRB-Copernicus Group, USA. He has written and contributed to severalresearch publications. He is one of the contributing author of the book “Research Ethics in Africa – A Resource for Research Ethics Committees.

Mrs. Florita .C. Durueke is the Administrative and Programme Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Calabar and a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Lagos. She is also a Professional Nurse. She has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS for over six years. She coordinates the administrative and programmatic activities of the organization. She has a passion for women and children issues. Her vision is to see a society where the rights of women and children are promoted and supported

Professor Ademola J. Ajuwon  earned a BSc degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos in 1984 and a MPH degree in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1990. In 2000, he earned a PhD degree in public health education at the same university. He teaches health communication, ethics of public health research and research design as a member of the faculty at the Department of Health Promotion and Education, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. He has published extensively in several peer review journals including the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, BMC Medical Ethics, Reproductive Health Matters, African Journal of Reproductive Health and AIDS and Behavior.  Professor Ajuwon is the Deputy Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. His area of interests are HIV prevention among young persons, sexual coercion, and capacity development on research ethics.

Prof E Ezeanolue is a professor of Pediatrics and Public Health. He was 2010 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the office of the Secretary for Health and serves on numerous national committees including: member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), NIH international and corporative projects-1 study section, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Committee on Pediatric AIDS, Patient Centered Outcome Research Initiative (PCORI) and the strategic Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). Dr Ezeanolue has been recognized as Nevada Public Health Leader of the Year (2007), Nevada Health Care Hero (2008), Nevada Immunization Champion (2009) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Local Hero (2010) for his contributions to Public Health. For Leads the Nigeria Implementation Science Alliance and currently Head the National Primary Health Development Agency.

Prof Oyewole Tomori is a foundation Fellows of the College of Veterinary Surgeons of Nigeria (FCVSN), Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath) of the United Kingdom, and Fellowship of the Academy of Sciences (FAS) of Nigeria. In 2002, he received the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), Nigeria’s pre-eminent and most respected and recognized awards. an award for intellectual scientific and professional excellence. In addition to these accolades, awards as well as attainments, he also was recognized, in 1981, for his invaluable contribution to research on the deadly Lassa virus, by the United States’ Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Certificate for contribution to Lassa Fever Research, and in 1990 he was awarded the Nigeria National Ministry of Science and Technology Merit Award for excellence in medical research. In 2009 he was honoured by the European Business Assembly with the International Socrates Award for strong leadership, driving innovation and growth, remarkable development and quality assurance.

Dr Patrick I. Okonta, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Delta State University (DELSU) and a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with the Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DELSUTH), Delta State, Nigeria. He is also the Chairman of the Health Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, DELSU. He is an examiner in the Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.
He obtained his undergraduate medical degree from the University of Calabar in 1989 and had his postgraduate medical training in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital subsequently obtaining the Fellowships of the West African College of Surgeons in 2001, and the National Postgraduate Medical College in 2005. Dr Okonta obtained a Diploma in Reproductive Health in Developing Countries from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom in 2005. In 2010, he was awarded a SARETI scholarship and had a Masters of Public Health (Health Research Ethics) from the University of Pretoria.
His research areas of interest include infertility and assisted conception, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, emergency obstetric care, Research ethics and bioethics. Recently he is focusing on ethical and legal issues in assisted conception. Dr Okonta, has over 45 scientific publications in peer review journals and has contributed chapters in undergraduate and postgraduate medical textbooks.

Prof E. Adejuyigbe

Prof O. Umeora

Prof P. Olatunji

 

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