Ms. Aida Nakawunde

2011 Trainee

Ms. Nakawunde serves as the Assistant Research Coordinator at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from the Makerere University Kampala. In her current position she manages the administrative work of the School of Medicine IRB. Her responsibilities include receiving and recording submitted protocols that are pending IRB review and approval, reviewing student and project protocols before forwarding them to the Coordinator, preparing minutes and official documents of the IRB and other research –related meetings, and assisting the research coordinator in preparation and coordination of logistical issues at the research office.

Aida hopes to supplement her experience working with the operations and management of IRBs and research ethics with further training in the field of research ethics. The additional skills gained through participating in the Johns Hopkins Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will help her gain more insight into research ethics and allow her to take a bigger role in ethics review at the College of Health Sciences. She hopes to use the knowledge and skills gained to improve the quality of ethical review processes of IRBs at the College (i.e. School of Medicine IRB, School of Health Sciences IRB, School of Public Health IRB and School of Biomedical Sciences IRB) and Uganda at large and to serve effectively on institutional review boards. She hopes to assist with the establishment of an e-IRB system and a Centre for Bioethics within the College of Health Sciences. She looks forward to mentoring and collaboration opportunities with experts at Johns Hopkins and the Berman Institute of Bioethics.

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