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Online platform for Research Ethics Committees launched

The MARC project - Mapping of research ethics review and trial regulatory capacity in sub-Saharan Africa - has launched an online review platform for Research Ethics Committees: the Research for Health and Innovation Organiser (RHInnO) platform, designed to facilitate an efficent ethical review clearance of clinical research involving human subjects.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 1 May 2012
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Reviewing Clinical Trials: a Guide for Ethics Committees

An extensive document edited by Johan Karlberg and Marjorie Speers, with information for Ethics Review Committees, including an extensive introduction with information about ethics and bioethics, and how this relates to clinical research, how trials are designed and facotrs to consider when reviewing protocols.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 26 Apr 2012
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Developing New Drugs and Vaccines for Neglected Diseases of the Poor: Product Developer Landscapes

Using collected and reviewed data from the BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) Global Health Primer, a new document has been compiled to shed light on the different types of organizations that are participating in product development for a broad range of neglected diseases. The results of this analysis are detailed in a new report, "Developing New Drugs and Vaccines for Neglected Diseases of the Poor: The Product Developer Landscape", available at the link above.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 2 Apr 2012
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Scholarship for MSc Clinical Trials by Distance Learning

Applications are invited for one scholarship to study the Distance Learning MSc Clinical Trials (CT) course commencing October 2012. This scholarship is offered by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The scholarship covers full tuition fees to study the Distance Learning MSc Clinical Trials, and a contribution towards local examination centre fees.

Criteria for the scholarship

This MSc Clinical Trials scholarship is available only to a student who is a national of, and resident within, a Low Income country.

Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria: the academic merit of the applicant (at least a 2:1 or equivalent first Honours undergraduate degree), at least two years' proven work experience in the Clinical Trials field, how the skills and qualification obtained from the MSc Clinical Trials would benefit both the applicant and their institution, with respect to current and/or future employment; and
impact on the development of the applicant's home country.

For more information, please see:

http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/funding/scholarshipformscclinicaltrialsdistancelearning.html#

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Bookmarked by Chiara Catterwell on 28 Mar 2012
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World TB Day 2012: Strengthening tuberculosis research in Africa

On the occasion of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, 24 March 2012, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) has published a short video that highlights some of the EDCTP funded TB research in sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition, this article presents several areas of development: new diagnostic tools, shorter treatment periods, prevention of TB, and safe treatment combinations in TB-HIV co-infected patients.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 27 Mar 2012
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