Center for Bioethics

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Global Health Research

The Center for Bioethics is actively assesses challenges arising from research with human subjects, including informed consent and the ethical review of research protocols, particularly in newer issues involving global health and international studies.

Completed Projects

Building a Joint International IRB for Moi University and Indiana University, Funder: NIH- Fogarty International Center, PI: Eric M. Meslin

The Indiana University-Moi University Academic Research Ethics Partnership, Funder: NIH-Fogarty International Center, PI: Eric M. Meslin

Needs Assessment for Implementing the Indiana University/Moi University [Kenya] “Memorandum of Understanding in Research Ethics”, Funder: International Development Fund, Indiana University, PI: Eric M. Meslin

Publications

Fix J, Odell J, Sina B, Meslin EM, Goodman K, Upshur R. Bibliometric analysis of the trainee scholarship of the Fogarty International Center’s International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award, Journal of Empirical Research in Human Research Ethics 2013; 8:75-81.

Meslin EM, Were E, Ayuku D. Taking Stock of the Ethical Foundations of International Health Research: Pragmatic Lessons from the IU-Moi Academic Research Ethics Partnership. Journal of General Internal Medicine  (2013)  28:639-645 DOI:  10.1007/s11606-013-2456-7

Ndebele P, Wassenaar D, Benatar S, Fleischer T, Kruger M, Adebamowo C, Kass N, Meslin EM, Hyder. A Research Ethics capacity building in Sub-Saharan Africa: A review of NIH Fogarty funded programs 2000-2012. Journal of Empirical Research in Human Research Ethics (in press)

Pappas PK, Gakinya BN, Martino S, Baliddawa JB, Bryany KJ, Meslin EM, Sidle, JE.  Ethical issues in a Stage 1 cognitive-behavioral therapy feasibility study and trial to reduce alcohol use among HIV-infected outpatients in western Kenya.  J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2012 Jul;7(3):29-37. PMID: 22850141

Thompson, RT, Meslin EM, Braitstein PAK, Nyandiko WM, Ayaya SO, Vreeman RC.  The Vulnerabilities of Orphaned Children Participating in Research:  A Critical Review and Factors for Consideration for Participation in Biomedical and Behavioral Research.  J. Empir Res Hum Res Ethics.  2012 7;4:56-66.

Were MC, Meslin EM. Ethics of implementing Electronic Health Records in developing countries: Points to Consider. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2011;2011:1499-505. Epub 2011 Oct 22. PubMed PMID: 22195214; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3243215.

Meslin EM. Achieving global justice in health through global research ethics: supplementing Macklin’s “top-down” approach with one from the “ground up”. In Green RM, Donovan A, Jauss SA, Editors. Global bioethics: issues of conscience for the Twenty-first Century. New York: Oxford University Press; 2009. P. 163-77.

Kimmelman J, Weijer C, Meslin EM, The Helsinki Discords: FDA, Ethics, and International Drug Trials, The Lancet 373(9657): 13-14, January 2009 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61936-4

Meslin EM, Were E, Ayuku D. Some Experience Developing a Joint IRB between Moi University (Kenya) and Indiana University (USA). Open Peer Commentary, American Journal of Bioethics.

Study Reports

Meslin, EM; Sidle, JE; Wools-Kaloustian, K; Were, E; Salmon, K; Chuani, C. International Research Ethics: A Needs Assessment of Research Ethics Capacity. Volume I: Final Report.  Indiana University Center for Bioethics. June, 2005. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/639

Meslin, EM; Sidle, JE; Wools-Kaloustian, K; Were, E; Salmon, K; Chuani, C. International Research Ethics: A Needs Assessment of Research Ethics Capacity. Volume II: The Responses.  Indiana University Center for Bioethics. June, 2005.http://hdl.handle.net/1805/639