Posts Tagged ‘Paulina Tindana’

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.


Obtaining informed consent for genomics research in Africa: analysis of H3Africa consent documents

Friday, April 22nd, 2016


The rise in genomic and biobanking research worldwide has led to the development of different informed consent models for use in such research. This study analyses consent documents used by investigators in the H3Africa (Human Heredity and Health in Africa) Consortium.


A qualitative method for text analysis was used to analyse consent documents used in the collection of samples and data in H3Africa projects. Thematic domains included type of consent model, explanations of genetics/genomics, data sharing and feedback of test results.


Informed consent documents for 13 of the 19 H3Africa projects were analysed. Seven projects used broad consent, five projects used tiered consent and one used specific consent. Genetics was mostly explained in terms of inherited characteristics, heredity and health, genes and disease causation, or disease susceptibility. Only one project made provisions for the feedback of individual genetic results.


H3Africa research makes use of three consent models-specific, tiered and broad consent. We outlined different strategies used by H3Africa investigators to explain concepts in genomics to potential research participants. To further ensure that the decision to participate in genomic research is informed and meaningful, we recommend that innovative approaches to the informed consent process be developed, preferably in consultation with research participants, research ethics committees and researchers in Africa.

FABTP alumna Paulina Tindana serves as member of Ethics Working Group on Ebola Interventions

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Synopsis: “On 20-21 October 2014, WHO convened a meeting of the Ethics Working Group to review ethical issues related to the study design for trials on therapeutic interventions related to Ebola virus disease and to provide advice on the ethical considerations that are relevant to each of the different study designs in a given context. Six case studies on the different trial designs for therapeutics were used to illustrate the ethical dimensions related to their implementation in the context of the Ebola epidemic. These allowed regulators, researchers, ethics committee chairs and administrators, and the representatives of pharmaceutical companies to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the respective study designs and identify issues that were relevant for consideration in an ethical analysis during their conduct in an outbreak situation in the affected countries.”

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Draft agenda

Participant list

Meeting summary

Book Release: Research Ethics in Africa

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

We are excited to announce the publication of Research Ethics in Africa: A Resource for Research Ethics Committees, a new book that focuses on research ethics issues in Africa by Mariana Kruger, Paul Ndebele (FABTP alumnus), and Lyn Horn.

Funded by an EDCTP capacity development grant, the book brought together past EDCTP and Fogarty trainees who now actively work in the field of research ethics, to write a book on research ethics, from a uniquely African perspective.

Part I introduces the book, provides a history of research ethics in Africa and the discussed the MARC project (the Mapping of Research ethics committees throughout Africa). Part II  ‘The Research Ethics Committee’ comprises five chapters and covers the operation of an REC including running a meeting, developing standard operating procedures etc. Part III covers many specific topics such as traditional medicine research, public health research, vulnerable participants, risk benefit assessment and many others.  Part IV is a section with valuable resources such as a chapter on Educational resources and the Part V contains some useful templates.

We are very proud to list the following FABTP alumni among the authors in this collection:

Nicola Barsdorf ’03

Caroline Kithinji ’06

Paul Ndebele ’01

Musonda Simwinga ’07

Paulina Tindana ’02

The book is available as a paper copy and an ebook, which will be free of charge for persons living in Africa.

Research Ethics in Africa: A Resource for Research Ethics Committees Mariana Kruger, Paul Ndebele, Lyn Horn. 2014 SUN MeDIA ISBN 978-1920689-30-8

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

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Tindana!

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program congratulates Dr. Paulina Tindana (FABTP 2002) for successfully completing her DPhil in the Ethics of Collaborative Global Health Research at the University of Oxford.  Dr. Tindana’s doctoral research focused on ethical issues in the collection, export, storage and reuse of human biological samples in Africa.  She has since returned to Ghana to continue her work in international research ethics.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Tindana for this important accomplishment.

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

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Composition, training needs and independence of ethics review committees across Africa: are the gate-keepers rising to the emerging challenges?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Capacity Building of Ethics Review Committees across Africa Based on the Results of A Comprehensive Needs Assessment Survey

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010