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 CME Program for Clinical Research Professionals courses available beginning Spring 2015. 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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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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University of Maryland launches Online CME Program in Regulatory Aspects of Research and IRBs

This year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore has introduced an online series of Research Ethics CME Courses. The first in the series, “Regulatory Aspects of Research and IRBs,” will begin on March 30, 2015.

This 5 week online course offers 8 CME credits and will consist of self-paced lesson activities and an interactive discussion forum.

By the end of this activity, the learner will be able to:

Discuss changes that have occurred in the research environment that have engendered ethical concerns
Identify the differences […]

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Norway’s NESH issues Ethical Guidelines for Internet Research

Norway’s National Committee for Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (NESH) released new Ethical Guidelines for Internet Research, welcoming comments and suggestions to be submitted to the committee prior to its official publishing in autumn 2015. This draft will replace the former guidelines, last published in 2003.

The new draft includes information regarding free and informed consent, children’s right to protection, personal data confidentiality and anonymity, regard for third parties, reporting and references. You can view the full draft here.

The […]

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