Research Ethics Workshop in Morocco Oct 30 – Nov. 1

The first day of a 3-day workshop in research ethics was held in Rabat, Morocco. More than 25 individuals from the different universities throughout Morocco were in attendance. Henry Silverman and the Moroccan MERETI trainees, Mohamed Amine and Chakib Njjari, organized this workshop. The participants raised important issues such as the insurance requirement for research injury, incentive payments to potential participants, the amount of payments to investigators, whether IRBs can be empowered to stop studies for unethical practices, the ability of IRBs to monitor research including the informed consent process, and the ethics of payment to IRB members. Dr. Farid Hakkou, Professor of Pharmacology and President of the IRB from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacology, Casablanca, gave a keynote presentation regarding the experience of his IRB during the last 10 years. The workshop was sponsored by the Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida and the CoEmpower LLC, in partnership with the School of Medicine and Pharmacy, University Mohamed V Souissi and National Institute of Hygiene, Morocco.

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