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Webinar: Biobanking & genetic research in Africa
Start: 08/10/2020, 15:00
End: 08/10/2020, 16:00
Contact:Centre for Medical Ethics and Law -
Location: Online

​Hosted by the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law.

Genetics, genomics and biobanking are highly contested topics on the African continent. Consequently, some of our doctoral trainees have decided to focus their research on the ethical, legal and social issues that are inherent in these scientific disciplines.

During the current pandemic, the importance of genomics research as well as the collection of biological samples for diagnostics and research has been magnified.

Join us in advancing the debate on these pivotal topics in Africa.

Register here for the webinar.

Webinar moderator

Dr Emmanuel Obasa


Associate Prof Shenuka Singh:  Biobanking during COVID-19 in South Africa
Shenuka is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Dentistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She has a doctoral degree  in Dental Public Health. Currently, she is registered for a second PhD (Clinical and Health Research Ethics) in the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at Stellenbosch University, after completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics  on the ARESA program. Shenuka has served on the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) and the CSIR REC. She is currently serving as a Deputy Chair for the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee at UKZN.

Francis Masiye:  Informed Consent for Genetic Research in Malawi: Preliminary Findings  
Francis is a graduate in Philosophy (Pontifical Urbaniana University). He completed a Masters degree in Medical Anthropology (University of Malawi) followed by a Masters in Bioethics (University of Cape Town). Francis subsequently attended training in the International Research Ethics Institute (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health). He has also attended post-graduate training in Clinical Ethics and Clinical Trial Monitoring. He is currently a PhD candidate in Clinical and Research Ethics in the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at Stellenbosch University and is working in the Directorate of Research, Postgraduate Studies and Outreach at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).

Associate Prof Joseph Ochieng:  Return of Results of Genomics Research in Uganda
Joseph is a medical doctor with bioethics expertise. He is an Associate Professor and former chair of the department of Anatomy at Makerere University. He has developed and implemented bioethics related training curricula for Masters, undergraduate and short course training programs. Dr. Ochieng has served as a member on three IRBs over a period of 17 years and conducted  research resulting in several publications. He has served as a consultant on a number of related research  activities and contributed to development and implementation of national research ethics guidelines for human and animal research and national guidelines for biobanking in Uganda.