Vanderbilt University researchers have received a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to strengthen research ethics capacity in Mozambique. Despite an increasing number of clinical research proposals in low-resource countries such as Mozambique, only a small number of professionals have the knowledge and skills necessary to apply standardized ethical concepts to research involving human subjects. The Vanderbilt University-Mozambique Collaborative Research Ethics Education Program will establish educational programs in biomedical research ethics and promote development of research ethics committees. They will collaborate with faculty and administrators at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, the nation’s capital, to increase the number of qualified investigators who can apply international standards in ethics to their study protocols, and who can provide leadership to sustain a culture for the ethical conduct of research.
Principal investigators are Dr. Elizabeth Heitman, associate professor of medical ethics, medicine, and anesthesiology in the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, and Dr. Troy Moon, assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of infectious diseases and Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. In addition to her research on international standards for research ethics and education, Dr. Heitman has directed a Fogarty-sponsored research ethics educational program in Costa Rica. Dr. Moon spent six years in Mozambique’s Zambézia province as clinical director of a Vanderbilt-affiliated HIV care and treatment program.
Funded by NIH grant TW009722.