The Vanderbilt Institute in Research Development and Ethics (VIRDE) is a one-month course on grant writing and research ethics facilitated by VIGH. VIRDE 2015 brought medical and public health professionals from Nigeria, Mozambique and Zambia to Vanderbilt for the month of November.

2015 Fellows

Dr. Baba Maiyaki Musa
Department of Medicine
Bayero University Kano/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital
Kano, Nigeria

Dr. Graça Salomé
Assistant Lecturer of Biochemistry, Department of Phisyological Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Maputo, Moçambique

Dr. Derick Munkombwe
Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy
School of Medicine University of Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia

Dr. Wilbroad Mutale,
School of Medicine, Department of Public Health
University of Zambia 
Lusaka, Zambia

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. Fellows 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.