Posts Tagged ‘Olaniyi Taiwo’


Views of dental professionals and dental patients in Jos, Nigeria concerning the need for informed consent prior participation in dental clinical research

Monday, February 24th, 2014

FABTP Alumnus Honored

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program (FABTP) congratulates Olaniyi Taiwo, a program alumnus, for being honored with the award for Dissertation of the Year by the University of Liverpool.


Taiwo

Taiwo’s dissertation in the university’s Masters in Clinical Research program was an expansion of his work as a member of the 2007 FABTP class, concerning consent for participation in dental clinical trials in Africa; the dissertation is titled  “Elements of Consent Form for Participation in Clinical Trials: Priorities of Dental Patients and Dental Care Professionals in Outpatient Dental Settings in Plateau State, Nigeria.”


Before participating in the FABTP, Taiwo earned a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and served for nine years as a Research Fellow and HIV/AIDS Program Officer with the Regional Centre for Oral Health Research and Training in Plateau State.


Motivated by the vulnerability of clinical trial participants and the communication gap he observed between them and researchers, Taiwo pursued bioethics training at the Berman Institute.  He subsequently advocated for the establishment of an ethical review committee and organized in-house bioethics seminars for his colleagues; he also proved his hypothesis of poor communication in the oral health clinical trial context by conducting a study of post-consent understanding in three different trials. The study was published in BMC Medical Ethics.


Since 2001, the FABTP has supported scholars and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa in building regional research ethics capacity.  In 2012, the program received a five-year continuation grant from the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  An inaugural African bioethics consortium meeting was held at the Berman Institute in June 2013, aimed at sustaining and supporting the growing body of work by alumni like Taiwo, and those they have trained at their home institutions.

Post-consent assessment of dental subjects’ understanding of informed consent in oral health research in Nigeria

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Dr. Olaniyi Taiwo

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Dr. Olaniyi Taiwo graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1999. As a Research Fellow and HIV/AIDS Program Officer with the Regional Centre for Oral Health Research and Training in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria, Dr. Taiwo has been working on the oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS for about nine years now.


Through his research work, Dr. Taiwo has worked extensively with human subjects, many of them HIV sero-positive patients. His experience with clinical trials has led him to believe that patients in his community are often vulnerable to any action taken by researchers because of the communication gap that exists between the researcher(s) and the patient.


From the expertise he gained from the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program in 2007, he conducted a study on the post–consent understanding of research subjects in three dental research studies. He was able to demonstrate a poor level of understanding of the consent process by the research participants.  His participation in the training had motivated him to advocate for the establishment of an ethical review committee in his office where he had been nominated as the chair. By virtue of the knowledge he gained from the training, he had been able to organize in house bioethics seminars for his colleagues and hopes to organize seminars and bioethics workshops for fellow dental practitioners /researchers working with human subjects.