In October 2009, Paulina began a three year Dphil in Ethics of Collaborative Global Health Research at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Michael Parker, Dr Susan Bull and Dr. Sassy Molyneux. Prior to this Paulina was a Bioethicist on the Ethical, Social and Cultural (ESC) program of the Grand Challenges in Global Health and a senior research officer of the Navrongo Health Research Centre, based in northern Ghana. She received a Bachelor of Arts (first class honours) from the University of Ghana in 1999 and a Masters of Health Sciences degree from the University of Toronto in 2004, where she studied Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics on a Fogarty grant.  Paulina was also a 2002 trainee of the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program.

Paulina’s research work has involved conducting empirical research on, informed consent, community engagement in health research, reproductive health issues as well as drug advertisements on health seeking behavior. She was instrumental in the setting up of an institutional review board at her institution and has been involved in a number of capacity strenghening initiatives for research ethics committees in Ghana and other parts of Africa. She is a faculty of the AMANET Health Research Ethics Training program and a member of the Board of Directors of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi).

Paulina’s current research interests are in ethical issues in global health research. She has presented several papers both nationally and internationally on research ethics issues especially on informed consent, community engagement, collaborative research and the operations of institutional review boards (IRBs).


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