Welcome to MERETI Network – A resource for the international research ethics community. The Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative (MERETI) was established in 2005 and since then more then 100 individuals have received advanced training in Research Ethics consisting of one month summer training at the University of Maryland followed by online training. Trainees have come from Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. We conduct workshops and conferences in the Arab Region.

Online Open House
Virtual Open House Information now available for the Certificate Degree in Research Ethics. Click here for more information. 
We offer an online, 12-credit graduate Certificate Degree in Research Ethics.  For more information about this degree program, please click here.
The Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative (MERETI) is now accepting applications for our 2015 program. For more information, please click here.  
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Fourth annual clinical research leaders forum in Dubai, UAE

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Priority Deadline for PRIM&R AER 2015 Scholarships

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) offers three scholarship programs to assist individuals defray the costs associated with attending the 2015 AER Conference. The Global Research Scholarship Program serves IRBs and research ethics committee (REC) staff, members, and researchers who are based in low- and middle-income countries in an effort to increase awareness and facilitate networking and collaboration with those involved in research globally.

To be eligible for priority consideration, please email your completed application to Caroline Slymon, executive coordinator, at cslymon@primr.org […]

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Virtual Open House for Research Ethics Online Certificate Program May 12

Join us for a live 20-minute online presentation about the Research Ethics Graduate Certificate program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The Online Open House includes a program overview, information about the six courses, the admission process, and a Q&A with the program director, Dr. Henry Silverman.

For more information on the online open house, please visit the program website.

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Fourth annual clinical research leaders forum in Dubai, UAE

4th Annual Clinical Research in Turkey, Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum

Next Level Pharma invites participants to its 4th Annual Clinical Research in Turkey, Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum to take place June 8-9, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

This 2 day forum will bring together the local regulators and ethics committees, alongside experienced investigators and study personnel as well as clinical trial and latephase research experts from pharma and CROs. It will examine in detail, the key regulatory, clinical, outsourcing and environmental factors which impact the clinical trials. Particular and […]

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BioMedCentral retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal

Today the Washington Post published an article on the recent peer-review scandal with BioMedCentral, a major publisher of scholarly medical and science articles. BioMedCentral has retracted 43 papers because of “fabricated” peer reviews.

The Committee on Publication Ethics, which has a membership of more than 9,000 journal editors, issued a statement that this scandal might be even bigger than BioMedCentral’s publishing network of 277 peer-reviewed journals.

The Committe has “become aware of systematic, inappropriate attempts to manipulate the peer review processes of several journals across different publishers…”While there are a number of […]

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Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference

The Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford has announced the call for papers for its inaugural biennial Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference. The conference will be held September 28-29, 2015 at Keble College in Oxford, UK.

The Conference invites interested persons to submit proposals for paper presentations, posters, or workshop sessions addressing the ethical aspects of global health. The conference themes include, but are not limited to, the ethical issues involved in the following topics:

The geographies of global health
Technologies in global health
Interventions […]

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MERETI Annual Workshop Held in Marrakech, Morocco

The annual MERETI workshop in research ethics was held in Marrakech, Morocco during March 1-3, 2015.  In addition to Dr. Henry Silverman, faculty included Mohamed Salem, Suhail Al-Amad, Hillary Edwards, Latifa Adarmouch, and Salma Ait Batahar.  Participants came from Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia.   There was also a featured presentation on the draft Moroccan law by Professor Harif.  A unique feature of this impending law will be the establishment of regional research ethics committees in the […]

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