Dr. Paul Ndebele

2001 Trainee

Dr. Paul Ndebele is Director, Medical Research Council Zimbabwe (MRCZ). Prior to his appointment with MRCZ, he served as Bioethics Contractor with the US National Institutes of Health, Division of AIDS.  He previously served as Assistant Director of Research Ethics, Office of Research and Development, University of Botswana.  In this capacity, he oversaw the IRB and animal ethics committee for UB as well as the IRB staff.  He also served as Program Coordinator in the ethics program at University of Malawi, college of Medicine, where he also was affiliated faculty of a Fogarty bioethics program, and before that worked for the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe.   Dr. Ndebele has been a consultant for UNESCO, WHO and for AMANET.  Dr. Ndebele was a FABTP trainee in 2001.


Dr Ndebele received his BSc Honours Degree in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe in 1992, his MSc in Population Studies from the same institution in 1994 and his PhD in Psychology from University of KwaZulu Natal in 2011. His PhD thesis was entitled “A study of trial participants’ understanding and attitudes towards randomisation, placebo use and double-blinding; and a pilot intervention in a microbicide trial in Malawi.”


Paul's FABTP practicum involved improving the functioning of the MRCZ IRB, providing lectures and seminars on research ethics for IRB members, and providing more education on research for members of the lay community in Zimbabwe. The FABTP experience laid a strong foundation for his career in the field of Research Ethics. After his FABTP experience, Paul went on to participate in the following other Bioethics Programmes including: South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI) at University of KwaZulu Natal (from 2004 up to 2011), the Fogarty Funded Program in International Research Ethics run jointly by the Centre for Bioethics in Eastern and Southern Africa (CEBESA), College of Medicine (University of Malawi) and Center for Ethics in the Humanities and Life Sciences at Michigan State University from 2005 up to 2008 and the Erasmus Mundus Bioethics Programme as a Visiting scholar at Padova University in Italy in 2010.



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