Teaching Programs/Initiatives

Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program

This training program is supported by the Fogarty International Center, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and directed by Drs. Nancy Kass and Adnan A. Hyder of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. The major objective of the initiative is to establish and support collaborative training partnerships with institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to support the development of institutional capacity in research ethics and bioethics. The institutional partnership provides a combination of individual-level training and mentorship in bioethics for professionals from partner institutions – with training occurring both at Johns Hopkins University and at partner African institutions – and strategic planning to enhance the quality and efficiency of research ethics systems at partner institutions. Thus, the goal is to collaboratively facilitate the pursuit of institutional bioethics objectives to improve local capacity and sustain bioethics initiatives that are identified to be of critical importance in Africa.  To date, the program has trained 35 scholars and maintains collaborative partnerships with three African institutions. The training grant was renewed through 2017. (www.fabtp.com) contact: Joe Ali.

Fogarty International Collaborative Genetics Research Training Program

From 2004-2008, Gail Geller served as co-director of a Fogarty International Center training grant to train Chinese scientists in genetics. Dr. Geller was responsible for the ethical, social, psychological, and cultural components of the training. In this capacity, she mentored Chinese fellows brought to Johns Hopkins and participated in an annual weeklong training course in Beijing and Shanghai. In recognition of her contribution to the ethics training of China’s future geneticists, Dr. Geller was recently awarded an honorary professorship at Peking University.

Pakistan-United States Science and Technology Cooperative Program

In 2007, faculty affiliated with the Berman Institute received a grant entitled “Capacity Building in Research Ethics and for Research on Ethics.” The grant allows for a new research ethics exchange program between Aga Khan University (AKU) in Pakistan and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Grant activities focus on conducting research ethics certificate courses in Pakistan, to train over 100 researchers and institutional ethics review committee members from all over Pakistan. The grant also sponsored 3 AKU faculty to receive research ethics fellowships for advanced training in empirical research methods for researching ethics and travel to Johns Hopkins for six weeks of intensive training, culminating in a research proposal. BIB faculty, Adnan A. Hyder directs this project while BIB faculty Hilary Bok is Co-Director and DrPH student Lynne Harris is Project Manager.

Advisory Committee, Masters in Bioethics at Aga Khan University (2007-2011)

Funded by the NIH Fogarty Center, Aga Khan University, Pakistan Masters Program in Bioethics is designed to take into account the impact of social influences, regional culture and Islamic philosophy it also recognizes the influence of Western philosophy on moral discourse. The Grant covers all expenses for students from resource poor countries that fall under the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization. The two years Masters program is comprised of Seven modules: Basic Bioethics, Research Ethics, Clinical Ethics, Bioethics Education, Health Equity, Policy and Ethics, Health & Human Rights and Health Laws & Bioethics and Research Methodology in the first year and in the second year students are required to develop a research proposal. The program is guided by an Advisory Committee, comprising distinguished bioethicists from western countries, and individuals representing key institutions involved in healthcare and research from within the region and Pakistan. BIB faculty Adnan A. Hyder is an advisor to the program. More information can be found here.

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