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.

Interested in seeing what our MERETI Scholars have published? Check out this resource
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 2016 program. For more information, please click here.  
Upcoming Events
  • PRIM&R Advancing Ethical Research Conference

    November 12-15, 2015


Latest News


2015 MERETI Scholars Arrive in Maryland


The scholars for the 2015 MERETI Program have arrived in Maryland for the three-week course intensive hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The scholars, representing Sudan, Morocco, Egypt and Myanmar, are also joined by a special guest from the Dubai Health Authority in UAE and a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, also originally from Myanmar. Over the course of their time in the United States, the scholars will study a variety of topics including scholarly writing, curriculum development, ethical theory, REC protocol […]

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Spilling the beans: Failure to publish the results of all clinical trials is skewing medical science

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that the results of half of clinical trials are never published. According to an article published last week in The Economist, “These missing data have, over several decades, systematically distorted perceptions of the efficacy of drugs, devices and even surgical procedures. And that misperception has sometimes harmed patients.”

The article drives this point further:

“Earlier this year, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine combed through clinicaltrials.gov, looking to see […]

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Confidentiality, Informed Consent, and Children’s Participation in Research Involving Stored Tissue Samples

An article by MERETI trainee Ghiath Alahmad was recently published in the Spring 2015 Volume of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. The article, “Confidentiality, Informed Consent, and Children’s Participation in Research Involving Stored Tissue Samples: Interviews with Medical Professionals from the Middle East” is a qualitative study to better understand the attitudes and role of children in biobank research. Alahmad et al. interviewed 12 medical professionals from the Middle East currently working with stored tissue samples to document their opinions on the issues of confidentiality, […]

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13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics

The World Congress will be held on 14-17 June 2016 in Edinburgh, and a city with a long and continuing history of academic excellence.

Abstract submission for the performance and exhibition elements of the Arts+Ethics theme is now open! 
Abstract submission for all other themes will open in June 2015. Further updates to follow.

The other themes are:

Individuals, Public Interests and Public Goods
Global Bioethics
Public Health, Ethics and Law
Arts+Ethics academic sessions

For more information on the conference, program, registration and exhibitors, please visit the World Congress Website.

Welcome […]

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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Global Forum on Bioethics in Research

The Global Forum on Bioethics in Research (GFBR) will hold a two-day meeting at the Fondation Mérieux, Annecy, France, November 3-4, 2015 on the theme of: “Emerging epidemic infections and experimental medical treatments.” This will be the first full GFBR meeting since 2008 and follows the re-launch of the Forum in June 2014 in Mexico.

Following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last year, renewed attention has been given to ethical issues that arise when research is undertaken during and […]

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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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