A big hello from Baltimore!

In April 2016, we revived the Bioethics Exchange, our newsletter designed to provide information about the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program. Over the past 15 years, our program has changed in many ways, though its core mission remains a commitment to strengthening research ethics capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. The first nine years of our program were devoted to providing year-long training in research ethics for individual African scientists and researchers. In 2009, we began
pursuing a new model of training by partnering with one African institution each year to help deepen research ethics capacity at the institutional level. Through this model we received applications from dozens of institutions and were fortunate to establish partnerships with the University of Botswana Office of Research and Development in 2010, Makerere University College of Health Sciences in 2011 and University of Zambia School of Medicine in 2012.

We are delighted to announce that inspired by similar goals and growing numbers of members trained in research ethics at each institution, we transitioned to a consortium model in 2012. All four institutions have joined together as the African Bioethics Consortium (ABC).  The ABC retains the goal of research ethics capacity development but leverages the strengths of each partner to work towards foci of excellence within each institution.  Read about our work, our trainees and our collective activities in this exciting and updated newsletter.

Peace to all!

Adnan Hyder and Nancy Kass

Directors, FABTP



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