Posts Tagged ‘Uganda’

Dr. Gorrette Nalwadda

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Dr. Nalwadda is working as an Assistant Lecturer with the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, at the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Nalwadda completed her BSc in Nursing, MSc in Population and Reproductive Health, and PhD at the Karolinska Institute/Makerere University joint PhD program with a focus on Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights. Dr. Nalwadda is a member of the research and ethics committee in the Faculty of Medicine, she supervises undergraduate proposal development and dissertations, and she co-teaches courses in Research Methodology and Professional Ethics in Nursing. She is currently leading the graduate program in the Department of Nursing and exploring options for post-doctoral work.

Dr. Nalwadda’s interest in bioethics comes from her recognition of gaps currently existing in operationalizing the principles of informed consent, confidentiality, and privacy. She has concerns about the extent to which they are actually followed in developing countries such as Uganda, and recognizes the need for particular safeguards when marginalized groups are included in research.

Dr. Nalwadda’s main areas of research interest are in reproductive health, fertility regulation, continuing medical education, information availability on HIV/AIDS and its application, and perceptions of adolescent reproductive health.

Mr. Nalwadda intends to use the JHU-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program to gain sound scientific background in bioethics, to enhance her personal capacity to conduct quality research, to provide ethics training of trainers’ workshops for colleagues, and to advocate for the establishment of short-term courses in bioethics at the Makerere University.

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Research Benefits for Hypothetical HIV Vaccine Trials: The Views of Ugandans in the Rakai District

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Extended Dose Nevirapine to Six Weeks of Age for Infants in Ethiopia, India and Uganda:A Randomized Study for Prevention of HIV Transmission to Breastfed Infants

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Personal and community benefits and harms of research: views from Rakai, Uganda

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Mr. Robert Ssekubugu

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Mr. Robert Ssekubugu’s research experience began when he was an undergraduate at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences.  He joined the Rakai Health Services Program (RHSP) as a primary data collector.

Five years later he had worked his way through the ranks of the Rakai Program to a data quality controller and later supervising protocol field activities. He is now the study coordinator of the Rakai Community Cohort study, a more than fifteen-year-old longitudinal study.  His enthusiasm for human subjects protection made him a natural fit for a study assessing community and individual perception of the benefits and risks associated with biomedical research, the first ever bioethics study done in the Rakai Health Sciences Program. After the FABTP program, Robert has conducted extensive work in the field of equipping research field staff with practical ethics skills through a wide-range of experience sharing engagement exercises and formal training. He has also analyzed data on consent comprehension studies conducted as part of some of the Rakai studies. This data has helped inform RHSP on the dynamics of informed consent and how to strengthen the process of informed consent.

In 2007 Robert was invited to join the Uganda Virus Research Institute’s science and ethics committee (IRB equivalent) as the Regulatory Officer. During his term, he and the institute’s director and the SEC chairpersons developed a proposal to the EDCTP that helped them set up the SEC/IRB secretariat. The grant also helped with training of IRB members and scientists on ethics of research and to perform compliance monitoring.

In August, 2009, Robert returned to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to pursue his Masters of Science degree in Public Health (MSPH) in the department of International Health. He completed his degree in May, 2011 and he is back in Uganda working with Rakai and with the Uganda Virus Research Institute.