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Ethical implications on biomedical research in low- and middle-income settings
19 July 2017, BSMS
BSMS was delighted to welcome Dr Adamu Addissie and Abebayehu Tora on Wednesday 19 July. This was a special opportunity to meet and hear about the ethical implications on biomedical research in low and middle income settings from two researchers that have collaborated with BSMS over the years. Dr Adamu has worked in partnership with Prof Gail Davey and Prof Bobbie Farsides, specialising in the adoption of Rapid Ethical Assessment (REA) as a practical method for assessing ethical issues relating to biomedical research projects in Ethiopia and other low and middle income settings.
Abebayehu has worked closely with Prof Davey and researches stigma related to neglected tropical diseases. He talked about 'Social and behavioral research into podoconiosis: achievements and gaps, ongoing activities and future directions'. Dr Adamu's talk was titled 'The Applications of Rapid Ethical Assessment (REA)'. REA is an approach developed to improve context-tailored application of the informed consent process for biomedical research in low-income settings. The tool employs ethnographic and action research techniques to explore and address context specific ethical issues. REA has been used in a range of studies so far and has a potential applicability in exploring ethical issues beyond biomedical research. During the seminar, the range of its applications so far was presented and its potential applications were discussed.
Challenges for Pharmacy in Resource-poor Settings Conference
8 April 2017, University of Sussex
Resource-poor settings include those in low income countries and humanitarian situations. Pharmacy in these settings can be faced with many problems, such as supply chain issues and rational use, as well as ethical concerns. This conference looked at how these challenges can be overcome and how pharmacists can play a role in this process.
This was a joint conference between the Humanitarian Aid and Response Network (HARN, hosted on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society website) and the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research.
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Global Health and Development Conference
15–16 April 2016, University of Sussex
The inaugural Global Health and Development Conference, held at the University of Sussex, provided the opportunity to gain expert and up-to-date information on how to overcome the biggest challenges in global healthcare provision.
Open to undergraduates, postgraduates, medics, researchers or professionals in the development sector in the UK, it provided a practical toolkit to engage withglobal health issues.
The weekend was packed with talks, seminars and presentations delivered by academics, entrepreneurs and experts from multi-disciplinary backgrounds who all share the aim of creating equitable healthcare provision for all. The event was highly interactive with opportunities to network with peers, speak with representatives from a number of development organisations in the exhibition space and learn about the latest research and techniques being used to overcome global healthcare challenges.
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Humanitarian Responses: the Role of the Pharmacist Conference
19 March 2016, University of Sussex
Humanitarian situations are sadly all too familiar, whether they are a result of natural disasters or man-made crises. Responses to these events often include the provision of medicines. Alternatively medicines may be supplied as part of longer term support for development. But what is the role of the pharmacist when it comes to humanitarian responses?
A joint conference between the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Humanitarian Aid and Response Network and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research, based at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, aims to help you answer that question.
This conference is generously supported by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the student elective company Work the World.
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25–26 September 2015, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
Developing ethics is an integral part of the centre's aims and objectives, and as part of our activities we held an ethics workshop, prior to the Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International conference 2015.
We hosted researchers from our African partner institutes to attend the workshop and conference. The aim of the workshop was to introduce topics from the ETHOX conference, allowing the researchers to discuss issues relevant to their home institutions, any challenges they face, and share their experiences. This workshop was part of series of ethics workshops over the coming months hosted by the centre in our overseas partner institutes.
MAGic2015, Anthropology and Global Health: Interrogating theory, policy and practice
9–11 September 2015
University of Sussex, UK
The conference sought to interrogate the paradigms and practice of global health. It invited reflective contributions from anthropologists working at policy, programme or community levels to understand global health issues from a range of perspectives.
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Feet on the Ground: Case studies for working in Africa
18 March 2015, BSMS
As part of One World Week, podo expert Prof Gail Davey, alumnus Ken Banks and Sussex academic Dr Anotida Madzvamuse provided a unique insight into what it's like to work in Africa, with reference to Gail's field work into podoconiosis, Ken's extensive experience working throughout Africa and Anotida's mentoring work in Kenya.
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First annual WTBSCGHR partners' meeting
30 September–1 October 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The aim of this meeting was for all the partners to discuss the centre’s current and future research themes and events. The meeting shed light on the important health issues in Africa, and allowed exchange of ideas and experiences in working with genetics and genomics in the different partner institutions. There was special focus on ethics in research as an integral part of our centre.
Rapid Ethical Appraisal
1 October 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Assistant Professor Adamu Addissie focused on disseminating the findings of the WT project on Rapid Ethical Assessment (REA), ethics for research stakeholders in Ethiopia, and for demonstrating the REA tool for their further use.
Trust me, I’m an artist: Antibiotic Resistance on Display 5 September 2017, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton
'Trust Me, I'm an Artist' is an internationally renowned series of events debating the ethical issues that arise when art meets science. Can and should an artist exhibit fragments of wild DNA that have the potential to cause antibiotic resistance in infectious diseases in order to raise awareness of this sublime existential risk? Panellists included Anna Dumitriu (artist), Dr Leena Hassan (BSMS) Professor Bobbie Farsides (BSMS), Professor Melanie Newport (BSMS), Professor Gail Davey (BSMS) and Tim Henbrey (Science Gallery London).