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IU Center for Bioethics to host international ethics and teaching workshop


INDIANAPOLIS — The annual Teaching Skills and International Research Ethics Workshop will be April 17 to 19 at the Health Information and Technology Building, 410 W. 10th St. in Indianapolis. “Individuality, Community and Personhood in International Research Ethics: The African Context” is the title of this year’s program, which is hosted by the Indiana University Center for Bioethics.  

Each year, the workshop provides training to 50 faculty and students who work in an international setting, helping them acquire skills for teaching international research ethics.

The keynote address, “Bioethics and an African Value System,” will be presented by Segun Gbadegesin, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University. He is the author of numerous publications, including “Theism and African Religions,” “Culture and Bioethics” and “The Moral Weight of Culture in Ethics.”

Other presentations include:

  • Isaac Mwase, Ph.D., M.Div., MBA, MPH, “Aspects of Ubuntu for International Research Ethics”
  • Joseph Kahiga, M.Phil., Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Moi University, and Jason Eberl, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at IUPUI, “Personhood: A Comparative Study”
  • Peter Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, and faculty investigator at the IU Center for Bioethics, “Team-Based Learning and Other Approaches to Teaching International Research Ethics”
  • Rachel Vreeman, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of pediatrics in Children’s Health Services Research at the IU School of Medicine and co-director for pediatric research for AMPATH, “Community Engagement to Shape Consent Processes for Vulnerable Populations in Kenya”

Also lecturing will be Moi University faculty:

  • David Ayuku, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology, co-principle investigator, IU-Moi Academic Research Ethics Partnership
  • Eunice Kamaara, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and religious studies.

The Teaching Skills and International Research Ethics Workshop alternates between Eldoret, Kenya, and Indianapolis. Lecture topics have included medicine, public health, behavioral science and a number of liberal arts subjects. This year’s program is supported by a grant from the Fogarty International Center at the NIH and is co-hosted by the Indiana University-Moi University Academic Research Ethics Partnership.