October 15, 2014

Vanderbilt Institute in Research Development and Ethics (VIRDE), is a one-month course on grant writing and research ethics at VIGH. VIRDE 2014 brought medical and public health professionals to Vanderbilt for the month of September.

2014 Fellows

Dr. Theodore Kobla Boafor, Consultant Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist; Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korle- Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH)

Dr. Catherine Chunda-Liyoka, Consultant Pediatrician, Department of Pediatrics, University Teaching Hospital

Dr. Yvonne Dei Adomakoh, Lecturer and Consultant Hematologist, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

Dr. Lottie M. Hachaambwa, Honorary Lecturer, UNZA School of Medicine/ Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Maryland, Baltimore

Dr. Geoffrey Kwenda, Head of Department/Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Zambia

Dr. Sody M. Munsaka, Lecturer II/Researcher II, Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Zambia

Dr. Edeghonghon Olayemi, Senior Lecturer/ Consultant Hematologist, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

Dr. Catherine Segbefia, Clinical Tutor, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Department of Child Health (DCH) University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS)

Dr. Izukanji Sikazwe, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Infectious Diseases & Research, Zambia

VIRDE was originally developed with support from Dr. Sten Vermund’s current NIH/Fogarty International Center (FIC) funded AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP).  VIRDE provides intensive training in research development and productivity, and is intended to further develop the skills necessary to conduct responsible human subjects’ research and develop a grant proposal for submission. Trainees are matched with a VU faculty mentor who shepherds them through the grant development process. Additionally, VIRDE trainees complete 12 contact hours of specially tailored coursework in research ethics and research integrity, taught by Dr. Elizabeth Heitman from the VU Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.