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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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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Approaches to Protect Data Privacy in the Era of Big Data: What is Necessary?

The 13th World Congress of Bioethics this year was held, from 14 to 17 June, in Edinburg and various ethical topics were debated during conferences days. I would like to write about a lecture given by Professor Onora O’Neill entitled “Public Goods and Private Data”.  This lecture discussed whether the European Union (EU) directive’s regarding data protection requirements is sufficient to protect the rights of privacy when performing research involving data that can be linked to research participants.

The regulation was […]

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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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