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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Call for Applications: Global Bioethics Initiative Summer School 2017

The Global Bioethics Initiative, co-sponsored by Pace University, College of Health Professions, invite students and professionals worldwide to attend its International Bioethics Summer School. This educational program will be held in New York City between June 19-30, 2017. 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 (http://summerschool.globalbioethics.org/application/). Send inquiries to Dr. Ana […]

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Revision of US Regulations Enhances Protections for Research Participants and Makes Ethics Review Less Burdensome

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  issued a final rule to update US regulations that safeguard individuals who participate in research. Most provisions in the new rule will go into effect in 2018.  The new rule strengthens protections for people who volunteer to participate in research, while ensuring that the oversight system does not add inappropriate administrative burdens, particularly to low-risk research.

The current regulations, which have been in place since 1991, are often referred to as the […]

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Funding given to Anglia Ruskin University to improve research ethics in humanitarian crises

Academics from Anglia Ruskin University (located in Cambridge, England) have been awarded £417,000 to analyse the ethical challenges involved in health research in humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Nepal, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia.  An online resource to improve awareness and share best-practice among researchers looking into humanitarian health issues will also be implemented.

Lead investigator Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana will work with colleagues at Médecines Sans Frontières, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dublin City University, HealthNet TPO – a Dutch […]

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Research Ethics Workshop Held at Aden University, Yemen, August 22-24, 2016

Professor Abdullah Saeed Hattab, Professor of Social Medicine & Public Health, and Director, Center for Ethics of Science & Technology at Aden University,  organized a 3-day workshop on research ethics between August 22-24, 2016.  Professor Hattab, who is a MERETI alumni from 2008, reported that 32 two faculty members of medical,  dental and pharmacy schools took part in the workshop.  Introductory ppt presentations,  case studies and group work were the main educational strategies used in this workshop.  Topics covered included: historical background of […]

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New MERETI Trainees Arrive in Baltimore

Our new set of MERETI trainees arrived over the July 23/24 weekend to begin their 3-week training at the University of Maryland Baltimore.  During this time they will learn important concepts in research ethics and will also develop their skills in scientific writing, public speaking, curriculum design and teaching, and leadership.  Afterwards, they will enter the online portion of the program and perform an in-country project during the next two years.  There are three individuals from Egypt (Amira Sultan, Maha […]

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Is a “broad consent” Model Feasible in the Arab World?

The 13th World Congress of Bioethics was held in Edinburg, Scotland this year from 14 to 17 June.  This conference gathered together participants from from all over the world. Many useful ethical topics and discussions fill all four conference days.  I will discuss in this blog a remarkable discussion from my point of view about the tension that occurs between the Public Benefit and Respect for Research Subjects’ Autonomy regarding the reuse of human biological samples in research.

The difficulties facing researchers […]

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