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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Events and conferences

Events and conferences

Upcoming events

Ethical implications on biomedical research in Low and Middle Income settings

19 July 2017, 2pm

Room 2.08, BSMS Teaching Building

Brighton and Sussex Medical School is delighted to welcome Dr Adamu Addissie and Abebayehu Tora on Wednesday 19 July.

This is 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 will be talking about 'Social and behavioral research into podoconiosis: achievements and gaps, ongoing activities and future directions'.

They will be giving a short presentation on their work, followed by a Q&A session. The event will be chaired by Prof Davey. Teas, coffees and nibbles will be provided.

Dr Adamu's talk is titled 'The Applications of Rapid Ethical Assessment (REA)'. Rapid Ethical Assessment (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 will be presented and its potential applications will be discussed.

To confirm your attendance, please email Esther Garibay at >

Past events


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.

Find out more about the event >

Humanitarian Responses: the role of the pharmacist Conference

19 March 2016

BSMS Teaching Building, University of Sussex, BN1 9PX

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.

Find out more about Humanitarian Responses Conference 2016 >


Ethics Workshop

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 are holding an ethics workshop, prior to the Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International conference 2015.

We are hosting researchers from our African partner institutes to attend the workshop and conference. The aim of the workshop is 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 will be 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 seeks to interrogate the paradigms and practice of global health. It invites reflective contributions from anthropologists working at policy, programme or community levels to understand global health issues from a range of perspectives.

Feet on the Ground: Case studies for working in Africa

18 March 2015

Chowen Lecture Theatre

As part of One World Week, podo expert Prof Gail Davey [ADD LINK:], 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.

Find out more about Feet on the Ground > 


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.