Posts Tagged ‘Ghana’

Seeking consent to genetic and genomic research in a rural Ghanaian setting: the MalariaGEN experience

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Aligning Community Engagement with Traditional Authority Structures in Global Health Research: A Case Study from Northern Ghana

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

The Informed Consent Process in a Rural African Setting: A Case Study of the Kassena-Nankana District of Northern Ghana

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Ms. Joseline Bruce

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Ms. Bruce is currently working as a Research Assistant for the Malaria Project, at the School of Public Health (SPH), University of Ghana, where she completed her B.Sc. studies in Nutrition and Biochemistry. Ms. Bruce has research experience in the measurement and analysis of data on nutrition and health, diagnosis of Malaria infection, and monitoring anti-malaria treatments. She has also held key positions of trust with Church organizations.

Ms. Bruce’s interest in research ethics also stems from her experiences with the malaria project she works on. She realized that when dealing with communities, individuals, and their blood samples, many ethical concerns arise that do not necessarily have direct and easy solutions. She also attends meetings where MPH students present their project proposals. At one such meeting, she found herself dissatisfied with how conclusions were drawn over critical ethical dilemmas.

Ms. Bruce’s future goals in research ethics include being a public health researcher, lecturer, and coordinator of activities in health-based institutions in a morally upright manner.

Ms. Bruce hopes that the JHU-Fogarty African Bioethics training program will give her the necessary skills to provide expert advice on bioethical issues arising from projects implemented by the SPH, and to serve as a peer trainer in the field of ethics for her colleagues and students at the university.

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Ms. Paulina Onvumaha Tindana

Friday, July 12th, 2002

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).


Rev. John Appiah-Poku

Friday, July 12th, 2002

Rev. John Appiah-Poku is an ordained Priest who studied theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences in the College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi, Ghana. He has designed and taught courses in medical ethics at the university for the past 22 years. He is the only member of the university trained in theological ethics, and as a result he has played an important role consulting on ethical issues in medical health care at the teaching hospital where he is based. In terms of research He has been interested in informed consent procedures as well as examining the role of a second party in patient care. He is currently studying the impact of infectious diseases on the mental development of children and informed consent in four major clinical disciplines. He also has been involved in studying elements of disclosure and intentional non-disclosure between doctors and patients in research and therapy. He sits on the Institutional Review Board at the university and advises colleagues on ethical aspects of their collaborative research protocols. He has published papers on Informed Consent and Patient Compliance as well as on the Perceived Role of Accompanying Relatives at the Psychiatric Department at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Father Appiah-Poku created a research project for his practicum to explore the perceived benefits among research participants who are enrolled in a genetic epidemiology study of tuberculosis at Kumasi Hospital in Ghana. This work has been accepted for publication by Developing World Bioethics. He is now working on the reported motives for joining research by research subjects as well as the effects of anti-psychotic drugs on the biochemical profile of psychiatric patients at the Teaching Hospital.