Posts Tagged ‘Mary Kasule’

FABTP alumni reunite at 2016 World Congress of Bioethics

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The International Association of Bioethics (IAB) hosted the 13th World Congress of Bioethics in Edinburgh, Scotland in June 2016. The 2016 theme was: Individuals, Public Interests and Public Goods: What is the Contribution of Bioethics? Nine Fogarty alumni and affiliates attended the biennial conference and a number of them presented their research during the three-day event. The Fogarty alumni and coordinators who attended include: Joe Ali, Nicola Barsdorf, Mary Kasule, Paulina Tindana, Chris Mweemba, Dimpho Ralefala, Aminu Yakubu, Godfrey Tangwa, and Francis Masiye. The 2016 themes for the IAB’s World Congress were: Art and Ethics; Individuals, Public Interests and Public Goods; Public Health, Ethics and Law; and, of particular interest to Fogarty alumni, Global Bioethics. The next meeting of the IAB World Congress will be in 2018 in New Delhi, India.


Silent voices: Current and future roles of African research ethics committee administrators

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Efforts to strengthen the capacity of research ethics committees in Africa to date have largely targeted their chairs and members, neglecting an explicit focus on research ethics committee administrators, who often manage the reviews and the review committees. The concept of an administrator as a key role player in research ethics review in Africa is only now emerging. No empirical studies have been conducted to describe their position, roles, and responsibilities or their potential to affect positively the quality and responsiveness of ethics review. This questionnaire-based study found that research ethics committee administrators vary greatly in expertise and responsibilities, identifies the administrators’ potential to improve research ethics review performance in Africa, and outlines specific requirements to realize this potential.

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.