Division of Medical Ethics and Law


Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics:​ trainees 2014

​​Prof Brenda Morrow 
Prof Brenda Morrow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. A physiotherapist by training, Brenda worked clinically from 1995 to 2006 at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. She developed a special interest in paediatric respiratory diseases, particularly in the context of critical care and the management of children with Cystic Fibrosis, and embarked on a Master’s Degree in 2001, which was upgraded to PhD in 2003, which she was awarded in 2005. Her current job description includes expanding the African Paediatric Fellowship Program to train paediatric allied health and rehabilitation therapists throughout Africa and to facilitate the concept of a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to child health practice and research.  Brenda is Deputy Chair of the Departmental Research Committee; a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences Research and Human Research Ethics Committees; and a member of many special interest and advisory boards. She has published and presented her research findings widely, and won several awards.  She is a regular reviewer for international journals.

Dr Fanuel Lampiao 
Dr Fanuel Lampiao graduated from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College in 2001 and later received a MSc and PhD from Stellenbosch University.Dr Lampiao specialized in reproductive medical physiology with special interest in male infertility. He is currently an Associate Professor of Physiology at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi and holds the position of Dean of Students. His research interest is in reproductive physiology with special focus on reactive oxygen species measurement in human spermatozoa and how they affect fertilizing capability; effect of insulin, leptin and cytokines on human sperm function, and the development of a reversible oral herbal male contraceptive. Over the past few years he has generated data that have helped to better understand factors and conditions that necessitate normal functioning of human spermatozoa. This research has led to better diagnosis of male infertility in couples struggling to have children.

Dr Farayi Moyana 
Dr Farayi Moyana is the clinical director of Borrowdale dental surgery as well as Medical Chambers’ Dental Centre in Harare. He is a member of the interim Research, Scientific and Publications sub-committee as well as being the Honorary Treasurer of the Zimbabwe Dental Association (ZIDA). He teaches on a part-time basis-Applied Oral Biology and preventive orthodontic science in the School of Dental Therapy and Technology in Harare. Dr Moyana has been the dental adviser for a leading Health Insurance company in Zimbabwe since 2006. He holds the following tertiary and academic diplomas and degrees: Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) from MEDUNSA; Master of Public Health (MPH) (University of Limpopo), Bachelor of Adult Education (University of Zimbabwe), Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Zimbabwe Open University, Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics (University of Pretoria); Diploma in Adult Education (UZ); Health Teachers Diploma (Mandel Training Centre); Executive Management Certificate; Dental Therapist Diploma.

Mr George Rugare Chingarande 
Mr George Rugare Chingarande is a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe in the College of Health Sciences. He holds qualifications in Radiotherapy, Oncology, Nuclear medicine and is also a holder of an MBA degree from DeMontfort University, UK. He has been a fellow at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (Maryland, USA) and at the International Agency of Cancer Research (IARC, Lyon France) and a graduate of the Dundee University program in Global Health and Epidemiology. His research interests are in cancer epidemiology, molecular imaging and non-communicable diseases. Since 2008 he has focused his attention on biomedical ethics, human subjects’ protections, and in the ethical conduct of human investigations involving the use of ionizing radiation. He has also participated in large scale national surveys such as the National TB Survey and Non Communicable Disease Risk Factor prevalence survey. He provides ongoing ethics consultation to researchers at the College of Health Sciences and also the Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe.

Dr Lillian Otieno-Omutoko 
Dr Lillian Otieno-Omutoko is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Extra Mural Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya. She teaches Project Design and Implementation, Total Quality Management, Gender Issues in Development and Training & Curriculum Development and Research Methods. She has pursued a course in Monitoring and Evaluation of Population and Health Programs. Her research activities include supervision of postgraduate students, carrying out research in education, gender, management and research ethics.  She is the Deputy Chief Editor of African Journal for Project Planning and Management and a reviewer of Journals. She is a Social Scientist interested in bioethics and research ethics in which she has focused since 2010. She has particular interest in research and development, protection of human subjects and vulnerable populations. As an active member of University of Nairobi- Kenyatta National Hospital Ethics Research Committee, she has undergone training in Responsible Conduct in International Research and had exposure to Biomedical Ethics and Medical Ethics. She is certified by Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) in Human Subjects Research and facilitates training of researchers, health practitioners and Ethics Research Committee members. She has experience in research regulatory activities including protocol review, development of Standard Operating Procedures and regulatory compliance. She has been involved in monitoring and evaluation of research sites, development of curricula and study modules for graduate students. She is a committee member of Research, Consultancy and Collaborations Committee.

Prof Minrie Greeff
Prof Minrie Greeff is Professor in research in the Africa Unit for Trans-disciplinary Health Research of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the North-West University, Potchefstroom campus since 2008. In the past few years she has focused her research effort on HIV and AIDS related aspects. She was project leader of two NRF grants and the primary investigator of SA in a five year NIH funded project. This was followed by a three year (2010 – 2012) SANPAD funded project. In 2011 she received NRF Blue Skies funding for innovative research in HIV stigma reduction at the community level. She was a member of the South African Nursing Council for five years. She was a member of the research committee (2005 – 2006) as well as elected director of the research committee and member of the board of directors of the “Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter” of the Sigma Thetha Tau International Honor Society for Nurses from 2006 – 2008. In 2008 she became one of the National Research Foundation’s rated researchers. She was invited by the World Health Organization in June 2009 to be on a team of experts that formulated guidelines for the disclosure of children’s HIV status (published 2011). Prof Greeff has received numerous awards with the most recent the induction into the Researcher’s Hall of Fame of the Forum of University Deans in South Africa (2011). She was nominated women of the year of the American Biographical Institute; inducted into the American Biographical Institute’s Professional Hall of Fame (2011); and the most prestigious induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of Sigma Theta Tau International on the 2nd of August 2012 in Australia. She is an inducted member of ASSAf since 2012.

Dr Sunita Potgieter 
Dr Sunita Potgieter is a registered dietitian specializing in sport nutrition and nutritional status assessment. She has been a lecturer in therapeutic nutrition at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University Since 2007 and she has a private practice in Somerset West/Strand. Sunita completed her Masterfs Degree at the end of 2008 and graduated with her PhD during March 2013. Her main research focus areas include nutritional status assessment, nutritional supplementation and nutrition for physical activity. She has presented her research at national congresses and is currently serving on the Health Research Ethics (Vice-chair) And Wellness Committees (Chair) Of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. She Is the facilitator for the sport nutrition module of the Master of Nutrition Degree at Stellenbosch University and lectures in this field at Honors Level at Stellenbosch Universityfs Department Of Sport Science, as well as the University Of the Western Cape. She Is the Western Cape representative for the South African Sports Medicine Association (SASMA) and is part of the Association For Dietetics South Africa Sport Nutrition Working Group (ADSA--]SNWG) a professional member of the American College For Sports Medicine (ACSM). She recently published a sport nutrition review article by invitation from the South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition (SAJCN). Sunita enjoys sport and is a triathlete herself. She has completed several Olympic and Ironman Distance events, earning an Ironman World Championship Slot in her age group in 2008.

Prof Walter Jaoko
Prof Walter Jaoko is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Tropical Medicine, and the current Chairman of the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Nairobi. He is also the Deputy Director of Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a research centre of the School of Medicine, University of Nairobi, committed to research and development of a preventive HIV vaccine. Prof. Jaoko did his undergraduate medical training at the University of Nairobi where he graduated in 1986. He thereafter worked as a Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health of the Government of Kenya for three years before joining the University of Nairobi in 1989 on a staff development programme, as an Assistant Lecturer. He obtained his masters’ degree in Tropical Medicine from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene of the University of Liverpool in 1993 and a PhD in Medical Microbiology from the University of Nairobi in 2000. He has been involved in infectious diseases research for the past twenty four years and has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has also supervised several students for their masters and doctorate degree programmes. Prof. Jaoko has a keen interest in biomedical research ethics and is a member of the Pharmacy and Poisons Board, the national regulatory authority for the Government of Kenya. He has also been involved in training members of ethics review committees in Kenya in various aspects of research and bioethics, under a collaborative initiative between Kenya AIDS Vaccine Initiative and the Kenya National Council for Science and Technology, with financial support through a grant from the Canadian Global Health Research Initiative. 

Dr Anna-Marie Wium
Dr Anna-Marie Wium is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus) where she has served on the Medunsa Research Ethics Committee for the past 4 years. Her current research interests are early childhood development (particularly child language development and emergent literacy), teaching and learning, as well as service-learning. She has a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Pretoria and a Master’s degree (cum laude) in Augmentative and Alternative Communication.