Posts Tagged ‘Cameroon’

Mr. Martin Anu Nkematabong

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

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.

Dr. Julius Nwobegahay

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Dr. Nwobegahay obtained a Bsc (Hons) Microbiology degree (Upper second class), from the University of Calabar, and continued his studies at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria where he received a Masters in Medical Virology.  He then studied at the University of Venda, South Africa where he obtained a PhD in Microbiology (focusing on molecular virology). His thesis was titled, “Human Immunodeficiency Virus Genetic Drug Resistance and Subtype Distribution in Northern South Africa.” He examined the problem of drug resistance in two communities in Northern South Africa where HIV prevalence is high, access to antiretroviral therapy is expanding, drug resistance data are limited and patients are not routinely tested for resistance before treatment. He hopes that the findings of his research will generate data and inform policy on the treatment program in South Africa, as well as resistance monitoring – a critical component of disease management.

Dr. Nwobegahay has attended several research training programs, including training in Human Subject Research Ethics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, USA); Good Laboratory Practices and Quality Control (Nairobi, Kenya); and HIV Sequence Analysis and Drug Resistance Testing (Cape Town, South Africa).

Julius has authored and co-authored several scientific publications in peer reviewed accredited journals.

Dr. Godfrey Tangwa

Friday, July 12th, 2002

Dr. Godfrey Tangwa is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Yaounde 1 in Yaounde, Cameroon. He holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree in Philosophy from Universities in Nigeria. He has been actively involved in international bioethics associations including as Vice President of the International Association of Bioethics (1999-2001), Chair of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative (2005-date), Advisor for the BioMed Central, Visiting Scholar at the Hastings Center and Member of the Editorial Board of Developing World Bioethics. He teaches courses in Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, African Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion and Introductory Logic. He has written books including, “Karl Popper: A Thematic Critical Introduction,” “Elements of African Bioethics in a Western Frame,” and “Democracy and Meritocracy: Philosophical Essays and Talks from an African Perspective,” as well as journal articles including, “Traditional African Perception of a Person: Some Implications for Bioethics” in the Hastings Center Report and “Globalisation or Westernisation? Ethical Concerns in the whole Bio-Business,” in the journal Bioethics. For his practicum Dr. Tangwa had written a conceptual paper that describes the role of context in the development and implementation of international research ethics guidelines. Professor Tangwa considers the FABTP training as a launching pad for his career in international bioethics.