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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MERETI 2017 Summer Program Moves to Egypt

After 12 years of holding the MERETI summer program at the University of Maryland, the summer program is being held in Cairo, Egypt this year.   The program started on July 16 and will continue for almost 3 weeks.   Twelve individuals are participating this year and include 8 from Egypt, two individuals from Sudan, one from Jordan, and one from Saudi Arabia.  The major focus of the summer program is to enhance capacity in important skills, which include scientific […]

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MERETI Presentations at 5th World Conference on Research Integrity

MERETI made a presence at the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 28-31, 2017.  Marwan Felafel presented the research that was recently completed regarding the assessment of the prevalence and attitudes regarding research misconduct practices at several universities in the Middle East (Egypt, Lebanon, and Bahrain).  Shahd Osman presented her poster regarding a similar research study that she conducted involving academics in Sudan.   Both presentations were well received by the participants at […]

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Funding Renewed for MERETI Strengthening Research Ethics Capacity Grant

The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health has renewed funding for the Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative (MERETI).  Principal investigators for this grant include Dr. Henry Silverman from the University of Maryland,  Dr. Hany Sleem, who is Director of the Egyptian Network of Research Ethics Committees (ENREC),  and Dr. Sara Brair from Al Neelain University in Khartoum, Sudan.

The overall goal of this training grant is to strengthen bioethics education, research and capacity for ethical review of health-related […]

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Gilead Sciences Sponsors GCP Training Workshop May 16 & 17 2017

Gilead Sciences sponsored a two-day workshop in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Research Management on May 16 & 17, 2017 for its project managers, held in Dubai, UAE.   Henry Silverman and Marwan Felaefel led the training that was organized by Samer El-Ali from Gilead Sciences.

The workshop was motivated by the new addendum to ICH-GCP (E6 -R2) that was issued in late 2016.   The new GCP addendum represents the biggest revision of the international ICH GCP guidelines for over […]

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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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