Dr. Pauline Osamor

2007 Trainee

Dr. Pauline Osamor is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Child Health in the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan (CMUI) in Nigeria. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Master of Public Health degree, and recently completed her Doctoral degree (2010) in Medical Sociology from universities in Nigeria. Her interest in bioethics developed as a consequence of her previous training in Sociology and Health Education as well as her work experience in biomedical research. Her research project on Mother’s Education and Infant Mortality was her first formal introduction to some of the issues that lie at the core of research ethics, including the difficulty of assuring participants of the study confidentiality.

For close to eight years, Dr. Osamor held the role of Project coordinator and later Project Manager for Chronic Disease Research at the Institute of Child Health, University of Ibadan. This experience has given her the opportunity to work in human research that has involved various categories of participants in both a clinical and community setting. Her research work has instilled an appreciation for the importance of conducting biomedical research within a framework of good ethics.

Dr. Osamor also worked as a Programme Administrator at the center for bioethics, where she was the programme officer in charge of Framework Program in Global Health.  She also co-lectured qualitative research methods at the West African Bioethics Centre, where graduate level students pursue a Masters course in Bioethics.  Dr. Osamor also lectured at Bowen University, Iwo, where she taught undergraduate Sociology courses (including Social Research Methods) and supervised undergraduate research projects.

Her current career goal is to be an established medical sociologist, specializing in sociological aspects of mother and child health in Nigeria, bioethics in health research in developing countries and the sociology of emerging health issues.

Participation in the FABTP has helped her to focus her research on the cultural context of participation in research, issues of consent in research involving children, and perceptions of bioethics in clinical care and research among non-physician health professionals (e.g. nurses, primary care workers). Also, through the execution of her practicum project she gained a better understanding of issues in informed consent and autonomy in decision making in a setting where men are the decision makers. At present her practicum manuscript has been accepted for publication and is awaiting final decision.