[vc_row][vc_column][vc_tta_tabs active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”About The Forum” tab_id=”1528142706821-c696459b-5e2d”][vc_column_text]The Annual International Bioethics Forum provides opportunity for researchers, bioethicists and members of ethics committees (ECs) working across Africa to learn the latest science, research and bioethical issues that will inform their work and practice.
Organized by the Nigeria-based New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society in collaboration with the Bioethics Society of Nigeria, the 2018 Forum will be the third in the series, and, as previously, will feature cutting edge presentations renowned international speakers and participation from diverse groups and individuals, including the academia, IRBs and ECs, civil society and NGOs.
The 2018 Forum will build on the successes of the previous forums, and is expected to have a higher proportion of international participation. In addition, this year, we are introducing abstract-driven sessions to provide opportunities for more people to share their works with the international community.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Programme ” tab_id=”1528142706821-41c1de8c-487d”][vc_column_text][pdf-embedder url=”http://bioethics-forum.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-Bioethics-Forum_Program.pdf” title=”2018 Bioethics Forum Program”][/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Steering Committee” tab_id=”1528142834016-08e080e9-bd31″][vc_column_text]Dr Chidi Nweneka is a Clinical Scientist, Advocacy Expert, and Strategist with research interests in antimicrobial resistance, HIV and malaria. He holds an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of London and a PhD degree in Child Health and Human Nutrition from the University of Glasgow, specializing in micronutrient modulation of infectious diseases. He is currently the Deputy Director, Policy and Strategy Department, and Head of the Strategy and Planning Division of the National Agency for The Control of AIDS, Nigeria. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Director Public Health Programs and Policy (and the PEPFAR Lead) for the US Department of Defense Walter Reed Program, Nigeria. He was also the Executive Director of the African AIDS Vaccine Partnership. He served as a member of the Civil Society Working Group for the Microbicide Development Strategy (2006 -2007) and a member of the Scientific Review Committee – HIV Microbicides for the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership. He leads the Ethics Committee of NHVMAS[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Speakers” tab_id=”1528142929282-1f43a9e0-1ee5″][vc_googleplus][vc_googleplus][vc_column_text]
Godfrey B. Tangwa
He is an African Bioethicist and Professor Emeritus of the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon, where he was Head of the Department of Philosophy from 2004-2009. Currently he is a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Sciences (CAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Vice-Chairperson of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative (CAMBIN), and Chairperson of the Cultural, Anthropological, Social and Economic (CASE) work group of the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET).
Dr Bridget Haire
She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute, University of NSW, where she conducts research in the areas of research ethics, public health and human rights. She is also the President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), the federation for the community-based response to HIV in Australia.
A treatment advocate, activist, a father, husband and a grass root teacher and community mobilizer has lived openly and constructively with HIV for about two decades.
Ibrahim over the years has championed many community initiatives towards improving the national response to HIV. He initiated the first support group for discordant couples. During his tenure as the NEPWHAN state coordinator, he led the integration of HIV-KAP in the activities of the network which has increased their visibility in the state.
He is a member of several national and global boards which include the Community Delegation to the Board of Global Fund, Community Delegation to UNITAID Board, Country Coordinating Mechanism Nigeria, Stop TB Partnership Nigeria etc.
Ibrahim presently is the Community/Prevention Services Manager of Prime Health Response Initiative and is also the Executive Director of Good Health Educators Initiative.
Olayide Akanni is the Executive Director of Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS) Nigeria. She has been actively involved in research and progress monitoring initiatives related to HIV/AIDS and TB in Nigeria having served as Country researcher under the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) ‘Missing the Target Report’ and the ‘Civil Society Perspectives on TB research’ supported by the Open Society Institute(OSI), New York as well as the Team lead for the Nigeria CCM Shadow Report and Scorecard Initiative supported by EANNASO and AIDS Accountability International (AAI).
Dr. Abha Saxena
She is a senior ethics consultant, with over 17 years of experience of working in World Health Organization in the field of bioethics. In the last ten years in a leadership position, she was advising senior management at WHO and Member States of WHO on integrating ethics in public health policies and programs as well as in research. Under her leadership several normative and standard setting documents, as well as training tools have been published, both in the area of research and public health ethics. She is currently based in Geneva.
He is an author, broadcaster, media specialist and social entrepreneur. He is CEO/Editor -In-chief of HealthTimes.NG -an integrated news website dedicated to covering the Nigerian health sector. He has written and reported across four continents covering the impact of HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis B and C, malaria and non-communicable disease as well as domestic abuse across sub-Saharan Africa.
Kingsley is also the Founder and Creative Director of the MANHOOD Project-a multifaceted campaign aimed at promoting positive masculinity and ending violence against women and girls and he is the host of the MANHOOD Show which airs every Saturday, 7.30pm on City 105.1FM. The show provides opportunity for engaging on issues that me face how it affects them and those in their lives as well as gain insight on mens perspective to life generally.
Paulina Tindana: BA, MHSc. (Bioethics), DPhil Oxon (Public Health)
Dr Paulina Tindana is a Senior Lecturer and Bioethicist at the University Of Ghana School Of Public Health. Until recently, she was a Deputy Chief Health Research Officer at the Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service in northern Ghana where she worked for over 20 years supporting the research ethics review process, training research ethics committees and conducting social science research. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ghana in 1999, a certificate in Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins University Berman Institute, Baltimore USA in 2002, Master of Health Sciences (Bioethics) degree from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2004 and a DPhil at the Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, UK in 2013.
Her main teaching and research focus is on the ethical, social, cultural and policy implications of international collaborative research, particularly the practical ethical issues arising in genetic/genomic research, informed consent, ethics review, community engagement strategies in global health research and health systems research ethics. She has extensive experiences in conducting qualitative studies and has published widely in peer reviewed journals. She is the Chair of the H3Africa Community Engagement Working Group, a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee (IBC), a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bioethics Association (IAB), a member of the Plasmodium Diversity Network (PDNA) and several other ethics advisory committees and panels.
He serves as the Director of Operations for the Liberia-United States Clinical Research Program under the name “Partnership for Research on Vaccines and Infectious Diseases in Liberia (PREVAIL). He previously worked for the University of Liberia-Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (UL-PIRE- an HIV/STD prevention research center) as Center Director from 2011 – 2014. Mr. Tegli also serves as Coordinator of the UL-PIRE Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a Member of the National Research Ethics Board (NREB) of Liberia. He is an international IRB Member of the Western Intuitional Review Board (WIRB)-Copernicus Group based in Puyallup, Washington, USA. He has a Master of Degree in Regional Science from the University of Liberia. He is trained Bioethics from the University of Washington and WIRB in 2013. He has attended several basic and advance research ethics and bioethics trainings in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. He is a contributing author to the book “Research Ethics in Africa – A Resource for Research Ethics Committees. Chapter 9, Informed Consent in an African Context.”[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Professor Ademola Johnson Ajuwon
He earned the Bachelors of Science (BSc) degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1984, Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Ibadan in 1990 and 2000 respectively.
He began his career as a scholar in 1991 in the Department of Health Promotion and Education, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan where he has been teaching, conducting research, supervising and mentoring young faculty. His areas of research interests are adolescent reproductive health, HIV/AIDS prevention, social media and research ethics.
Professor Ajuwon has participated in many international scholarly training programs. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco in 1997; a post-doctoral research fellow at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA in 2003 and a DAAD Staff Exchange Fellow at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban South Africa in 2012.
Professor Ajuwon has published over sixty five scientific papers in peer review journals including the Bulletin of the World Health Organization; BMC Public Health; BMC Medical Ethics; Reproductive Health Matters; African Journal of Reproductive Health; Public Library of Science; and AIDS and Behavior. Professor Ajuwon is a recipient of many research grants from agencies including the Fogarty International Center; Office of the Global AIDS Control; British Council; the United Nations funds for Women; the WHO; Wellcome Trust; and Population Media Center.
He has consulted for many international and local organizations namely USAID; International HIV/AIDS Alliance; UNICEF; World Bank; Shell Petroleum Development Company; Population Council; Association for Reproductive and Family Health; Nigeria Business Coalition Against AIDS; Family Health International; and Youth Empowerment Foundation.
He has successfully supervised over 150 MPH dissertations and five PhD theses. His current research, funded by the Swiss Program for Research on Global Issues in Development, is investigating the role of social media in connecting, empowering and educating students and alumni of selected nursing institutions in Nigeria. He was Associate Editor for BMC Public Health and the African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences between 2010-2014.
Professor Ajuwon has served as Sub-Dean, Postgraduate, Faculty of Public Health from 2004-2008; Head of Department of Health Promotion & Education from 2010-2012; Dean, Faculty of Public Health from 2012-2014; and Deputy Provost College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, from 2014-2016.
He is currently a CARTA Senior Faculty Visiting Fellow at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, Blantyre.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Professor Akin Abayomi
Akin started his academic education in Mary Hill Convent School Ibadan going on to Kings College Lagos, Loyola College and International School University of Ibadan. Akin is now a specialist in Internal Medicine, Haematology, Environmental Health and Biosecurity. He studied at the Royal Medical College of Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital in the University of London where he attained his first graduate degree in Medicine. Obtaining fellowships from both Royal College of Medicine in the United Kingdom and the College of Medicine of South Africa. Akin has worked in several countries around the world and has been exposed to a variety of geographical variations of disease patterns within the discipline of Internal Medicine and Haemato-oncology. Akin is Emeritus in the Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town and Professor of Medicine at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Lagos, Nigeria. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium or GET which is an African Biosecurity think tank and consultant to the Lagos State Biosecurity Project. Akin’s special interests are environmental health, ethics of access benefit and sharing, precision medicine and genomics. In his spare time Akin runs a 300 acre organic forest reserve in Osun State.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_tweetmeme][/vc_column][/vc_row]