The Vanderbilt Institute for Research Development and Ethics (VIRDE) is a one-month course on grant writing and research ethics facilitated by Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). VIRDE 2016 brought medical and public health professionals from Nigeria, Zambia, and Ghana to Vanderbilt for the month of October. In addition to coursework and training sessions, VIGH Associate Director Muktar Aliyu, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H. and his wife, hosted a welcome dinner for VIRDE scholars and VIGH faculty and staff.

The VIRDE course 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. Scholars are matched with a Vanderbilt 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 Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt.

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