April 25, 2017
2017 Vanderbilt University-Mozambique Collaborative Research Ethics Education Program Participants

The Institute for Global Health hosted visitors from Mozambique in May as part of the Fogarty-funded Vanderbilt University-Mozambique Collaborative Research Ethics Education Program (Formação Colaborativa em Ética na Pesquisa, FoCEP). Eight participants representing five of Mozambique’s eight research ethics committees (RECs) from around the country participated in a three-week practicum on research ethics and protocol review.

Participants took part in discussions of cases and international policy, and drafted guidelines for future policy in Mozambique. In addition, while here they developed an 11 module curriculum on research ethics in both English and Portuguese language for members of new ethics committees that may develop in the future and for researchers at Mozambique´s various Academic Institutions.

FoCEP is co-directed by Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H.  of the VUMC Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Institute for Global Health and Elizabeth Heitman, Ph.D., from the University of Texas Southwestern as part of the Fogarty International Center’s program on international research ethics education and curricular development. FoCEP’s goal is to foster global health researchers from Mozambique in the ethical review of human participant research and the responsible conduct of research (RCR). This program aims to strengthen the development and institutionalization of a system for ethical review of human research protocols in Mozambique’s biomedical research institutions and newly developed RECs.

Participants pictured left to right:
Eric Meslin, Ph.D., Indiana University Center for Bioethics
Sergio Chicumbe, M.D., National Institute of Health-Mozambique
João Schwalbach, M.D., National Committee for Bioethics in Health-Mozambique
Jahit Sacarlal, M.P.H., Ph.D., Eduardo Mondlane University
Maria Acácia Ernesto Lourenço, Ph.D., Provincial Hospital Quelimane-Zambézia
Camilo F. Cuna, Ph.D., Lúrio University
Esperanca Sevene, M.D., Eduardo Mondlane University
Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H., Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
Elizabeth Heitman, Ph.D. Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Lázaro González Calvo, Ph.D., Friends in Global Health
Guida de Miranda Rui Januário, Lúrio University
Sonia Enosse Ph.D., National Institute of Health-Mozambique
Mohsin Sidat, M.D., Ph.D, Eduardo Mondlane University
Fatima Cuembelo, M.D., Eduardo Mondlane University
Sergio Litewka, M.D., M.P.H., University of Miami Bioethics Programs
Holly Cassell, M.P.H., Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health