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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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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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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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