Dean of Research attends Bioethics forum
Dean of Research, Dr.Virginia Gichuru attended a Bioethics and Research Ethics training from 5th-9th August, which was organised by College of Health Sciences at the University of Nairobi.
This training had participants from various institutions in Kenya mainly from public universities and public health institutions. It was funded by Prime-K (Partnership for Innovative Medical Education in Kenya).The 5-day training discussed important aspects of Bioethics such as: historical perspectives, ethical principles that guide research in Bioethics and informed consent when carrying out research in human subjects.
Amongst the presenters, Dr. S. Langat from the National Council of Science and Technology (NACOSTI) gave a presentation about NACOSTIs role in the research being carried out in the country. Of interest was the discussion about the Ethical Review Committees that have been established in different institutions countrywide since all research that is carried out has to carry ethical approval from these committees. Prime-K would like to carry out similar trainings in future since Bioethics is a new emerging field in Kenya and there is need to train people in this area.