Mr. Martin Anu Nkematabong joins the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program from Bamenda, Cameroon where he is a Senior Journalist with the Cameroon Tribune, and Deputy Provincial Chief of the Cameroon News and Publishing Corporation (SOPECAM) for the North West province. Martin has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Buea, Cameroon and has an advanced diploma in Journalism from the Advanced School of Mass Communication in Yaounde.  Mr. Nkematabong has written several news articles covering a myriad of topics involving health research.

He is particularly concerned with the quality of media coverage of ethical issues in human subject research. Martin is acutely aware of the influence that news reports can have – both positive and negative – on the health and safety of the people of Africa. He hopes that his training at Johns Hopkins will provide him with the necessary tools to better inform both reporters and readers of the nature of bioscientific research, the subtleties of research misconduct, and the costs and benefits of research for individual and community.  Martin hopes for a change in climate, where opportunities for journalists to gain knowledge about research and research ethics are more widely available.

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