Dr. Gershom Chongwe

2014 Trainee

Dr. Chongwe is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Zambia. He has a medical and public health background and currently teaches quantitative research methods and basic epidemiology to both undergraduate and graduate students. He is also currently enrolled in doctoral studies with the University of Zambia, School of Medicine. His thesis focuses on the immune responses of the gut in response to mycobacteria and its relationship with enteropathy.


Gershom has been involved in a number of clinical trials for new malaria drugs in Zambia. He has also monitored a multicenter clinical trial on behalf of the World Health Organization which took place in Tanzania and Zambia between 2008 and 2010. Over the past few years, he has been involved in operations research projects in collaboration with the national TB control program.


Gershom’s interest in research ethics arose during the time he served as the Secretary (administrator) for the TDRC Ethics Research Committee for four years. That experience broadened his understanding of the research setting, the roles of the different players and the challenges of conducting research in this environment. He hopes the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will deepen his understanding of research ethics and he has a strong desire to share the knowledge he gains from the training with both his colleagues and students. While participating in the program, he hopes to conduct a needs assessment of the existing ethics committees in Zambia with a view to improving their operations.



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