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.

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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.  
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Scientific Forum on Clinical Research Held in Bahrain – February 11, 2016

A Joint Forum was sponsored by the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) and the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) to discuss draft regulations for standards for research ethics committees (RECs) in Bahrain.   These regulations are timely as it is expected that the conduct of clinical trials will increase in Bahrain to test the effectiveness of drugs in the native Gulf population who have a genetic profile that might differ from people in other parts of the world.  This is a […]

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Research Ethics Workshop, Fez, Morocco, Feb 29-March 1-2, 2016

The annual MERETI 3-day Research Ethics Workshop will be held this year in Fez,  Morocco from February 29- March 2, 2015.  The Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdullah University in Fez is co-sponsoring this workshop.  The hotel venue for this workshop is the Palais Medina & Spa.   Topics to be discussed include:  operational characteristics of research ethics committees, informed consent, vulnerability, confidentiality and privacy, safety monitoring, responsible conduct in research, essentials of protocol review, exploitation, and ethics of genetic sample research.  The […]

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Blogging from the PRIM&R 2015 AER Conference by Salma Ait Batahar

The pre-conference program of this year’s AER conference held in Boston in November 2015 included IRB 101. This workshop discussed the functions of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), otherwise known as Research Ethics Committees (REC). The workshop also included a presentation regarding the history of IRBs, as well as the new challenges facing IRBs during the review process of protocols.

The presentation tracing the history and the development of research ethics started with a nice quote from George Santayanna “Those who cannot […]

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International Bioethics Summer School Invites Applications: July 11-22, 2016

The Global Bioethics Initiative and the New York Society for Ethical Culture invite students and professionals worldwide to attend its International Bioethics Summer School. This educational program will be held in New York City between July 11-22, 2016. The early registration deadline for reduced fees is April 15. Partial scholarships are offered for individuals who are from lower income countries. For more information, please go to the Global Bioethics Initiative website by clicking here.   Send inquires to Ana Lita; email […]

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Blogging from the PRIM&R 2015 AER Conference in November 2015: Marwan Falaefel

“From Ideal to Real”: Post-Trial Access, Expanded Access, and Use of Ancillary Treatments in Global Studies”, was the title of one of the plenary sessions at the 2015 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, that took place in Boston, MA this past November, 2015. The panel addressed several contemporary issues related to global clinical trials, such as:  expanded access (sometimes referred to as compassionate use), post-trial access, and access to ancillary care. These topics were discussed by three panelists representing varying perspectives: […]

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Blogging from the PRIM&R 2015 AER Conference: Latifa Adarmouch

During my participation at the PRIM&R conference held in Boston, November 12-15, I attended a pre-conference program dedicated to Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement (QA/QI) programs in human subjects’ research.

The first part of the workshop was dedicated to discussing general aspects of QA/QI activity. This is a cornerstone component of any Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) established at an internal level in research institutions.  The aims of such an activity are to ensure regulatory compliance and promoting ethical and responsible […]

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