Posts Tagged ‘Botswana’

African Bioethics Consortium Profile: Mary Kasule

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

mary-kasuleDr. Mary Kasule is currently the Assistant Director of Research Ethics at University of Botswana (UB) and since 2013 has served as UB leadership within the Fogarty African Bioethics Consortium. Originally from Uganda, she completed her PhD in Public Health  in 2014 with a focus on research ethics and informed consent protocols from the University of Western Cape (South Africa).

Dr. Kasule has worked in Botswana to improve national capacity for ethical research through research and teaching. She has founded and served on IRBs in Botswana, supported Community Advisory Boards, and conducted training workshops and programs. While completing her PhD, Dr. Kasule was a Principal Research Officer at the Botswana Ministry of Health’s Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED).

Dr. Kasule’s ongoing research is firmly grounded in the goal of building capacity for upholding ethical research standards in African institutions. Recently, Dr. Kasule published “Silent voices: Current and future roles of African research ethics committee administrators,”  with Fogarty International Center grant awardee, Douglas Wassenaar of the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative. The article describes the findings of the first empirical study conducted specifically on the roles, responsibilities, and potential of administrators for African research ethics committees.


Genomics Research Meeting at the University of Botswana

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016


On Oct 14, 2015, UB hosted a Human Genomics Research Plenary Meeting, focusing on ethical and regulatory issues surrounding bio-banking and genomics research in Africa, attended by 70+ individuals.  Our annual ABC meeting was held the next two days, during which each institution provided updates on work plans and activities, trainees’ practicum projects, and future goals. We also spent time discussing the future of the consortium.  On Oct 17, UB hosted a consortium benchmarking activity around IRB best practices and resource sharing, with a focus on improving efficiency and quality of the IRBs.


Dr. Gaonyadiwe (George) Mokone

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Dr. Mokone holds a PhD (2006) in Exercise Physiology from the University of Cape Town. After completing his doctoral studies, he worked for one year as a lecturer at the University of Botswana where he taught Human Pathophysiology to both undergraduate and graduate nursing students. He left the University in 2007 to join the University of Dundee in Scotland, where he taught several courses in exercise science, physiology to dental and medical students and offered a specialized BSc (Honors) course on tendon injuries. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Mokone taught Medical Microbiology and Human Physiology at Nursing College in Botswana for a year.


George rejoined the University of Botswana as lecturer (Human Physiology) in January 2009 when the University opened the first and only medical school in Botswana. Since its inception, he has coordinated the first two years of its five-year medical degree program. In August 2013, he was appointed to the University of Botswana Institutional Review Board (UBIRB) and it is through this appointment that he was later nominated by the University of Botswana to apply for the the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program. Previously, George attended ethics training workshops organized by Johns Hopkins University and UB as well a week-long workshop organized by University of Pennsylvania, University of Botswana and the Botswana Ministry of Health in 2010.


As an active researcher in biomedical sciences and medical education, George hopes his time in the JH-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program will help shape and improve his knowledge of ethics principles and applications in the research arena, particularly though interactions with others outside of his institution who are experienced in bioethics. He plans to share knowledge gained with University of Botswana the through workshops and seminars and to carry out his own bioethics research projects beyond the training period.

African Communalism and Public Health Policies: the relevance of indigenous concepts of personal identity to HIV/AIDS policies in Botswana

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Ms. Dimpho Njadingwe

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Ms. Dimpho Njadingwe, is an Institutional Review Board (IRB) Assistant in the Office of Research and Development (ORD), University of Botswana (UB). She received a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education with specialization in Geography, both from the University of Botswana.  Dimpho’s main role in the UB IRB involves the processing of research proposals submitted to the IRB by UB staff, students and other persons affiliated with UB.  Dimpho also directly participates in the review of research proposals submitted by undergraduate students. She also assists as a liaison in the processing of Government Research Permits with various Government Ministries.

Dimpho has a keen interest in the operations of IRBs. She would like to learn more about the IRB, its functions and the application of ethical principles in research so she can become more confident in her service to the UB research community inclusive of academic staff, students and UB affiliates.  She hopes to increase her knowledge of Research Ethics and integrate it into her work as a way of improving the service provided by the UB IRB to the institution and to the research community. The FABTP experience will also put her in a better position to participate more effectively in the strengthening of Research Ethics and oversight at the University of Botswana in line with UBs Research Strategy. She hopes that her training at JHU will additionally prepare her for the role of coordinating future partnerships and a planned UB Centre for Bioethics.

Dr. Joseph Gaie

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Dr. Joseph Balatedi R. Gaie holds a Diploma in Philosophy from the Seminary for Zimbabwe, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Humanities (Theology and Philosophy major) from the University of Botswana, Master of Science in Philosophy (MSc) from the University of Edinburgh and a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Essex. He teaches Ethics courses at the University of Botswana (UB) where he is a Senior Lecturer. He is also a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Botswana, and is a member of the University of Botswana-University of Pennsylvania (UB-UPenn) HIV intervention methods research team.

Through the FABTP training partnership, Dr. Gaie hopes to strengthen his research skills and enhance his understanding of the scope and depth of research ethics.  He plans on applying the concepts and best practices that he learns to the situations at home in Botswana. Dr. Gaie intends to introduce both undergraduate and graduate level research ethics courses when he returns to UB.