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Joseph Ali

Mr. Ali is Research Scholar II, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Associate Faculty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health.

His research includes descriptive and evaluative measures of global capacity development in bioethics. He has collaborated with colleagues to develop frameworks and instruments for assessing training program design and impact at individual and institutional levels to support empirically-informed capacity development.  His work has also contributed to the assessment of emerging ethical issues in international health systems research,  the development of a research ethics knowledge and skills assessment tool, the comparative evaluation on on-line and on-site bioethics training, the examination of ethical issues associated with HIV prevention trials, and the creation and evaluation of interventions to improve informed consent for clinical research. These efforts have been supported by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), World Health Organization, the Brocher Foundation and the UK Wellcome Trust.

He is Co-Investigator and Manager of the NIH-funded Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program, which provides training and supports collaborative partnerships between institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (Zambia, Uganda and Botswana). He helped establish a Master of Bioethics (MBE) program at Johns Hopkins and two intensive bioethics training programs that cater to US and international students. He teaches research ethics and bioethics & law.

As co-lead of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet) Ethics & Regulatory Task Force, Mr. Ali has also contributed to the design and development of infrastructure supportive of a large national effort to coordinate patient-centered comparative effectiveness research to advance evidence-based medicine. As part of these efforts he has supported the coordination of Institutional Review Board (IRB) review for multi-site research and the ethical assessment of net risk in pragmatic clinical trials.

Mr. Ali previously worked with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law and was a Faculty Research Fellow with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he co-founded and served as Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law. He is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and Washington DC.


Honours BA, University of Toronto (Bioethics & Philosophy)
JD, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Health Law Certificate, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Recent Publications:

1: Ali J, Califf R, Sugarman J. Anticipated Ethics and Regulatory Challenges in PCORnet: The National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network Accountability in Research 2015 Jul 20. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26192996. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26192996

2: Ali J, Andrews J, Somkin C, Rabinovich CE. Harms, Benefits, and the Nature of Interventions in Pragmatic Clinical Trials Clinical Trials, first published online on September 15, 2015 doi:10.1177/1740774515597686.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26374680 

3: Kass N, Taylor H, Ali J, Hallez K, Chaisson L. A Pilot Study of Simple Interventions to Improve Informed Consent in Clinical Research:  Feasibility, Approach, and Results Clinical Trials. 2015 Feb;12(1):54-66.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25475879

4: Ali J, Kass N, Sewankambo N, White T, Hyder A. Evaluating International Research Ethics Capacity Development: An Empirical Approach Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 2014; 9(2), 41-51.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24782071

5: Aggarwal R, Gupte N, Kass N, Taylor H, Ali J, Bhan A, Aggarwal A, Sisson SD,
Kanchanaraksa S, McKenzie-White J, McGready J, Miotti P, Bollinger RC. A
comparison of online versus on-site training in health research methodology: a
randomized study. BMC Med Educ. 2011 Jun 17;11:37. PubMed PMID: 21682858; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC3141795. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21682858