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Some members of Global Health Trials are planning a Global Health Trials clinical research workshop in Nigeria. The workshop will have varying topics surrounding clinical research, from a range of speakers. It will be at the National Hospital Abuja Conference room, and will be free to attend. Other workshops run in other areas have been extremely popular and with excellent feedback.

This discussion group is for members to plan the workshop, register their interest - and for people to let us know if they are interested in presenting on a topic within their area of expertise. Please join the discussion and let us know if you are interested in joining or presenting.


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  • This is very interesting. I remember the discussions we had with Trudie during last year's EDCTP conference in Addis Ababa. This is a welcome development. I have been involved in clinical trial management, Bioethics and promotion of Quality Assurance of regulated research in Nigeria and would like to mobilize both experienced and potential clinical researchers to participate.

    The first thing I would ask is to know when this workshop would likely hold in Abuja. Will it be for how many days? This is necessary as there are several other workshops (including our QA Conference) planned for Abuja later this year.

    I will be available to speak at the workshop in the area of the Ethics and Quality Assurance in Clinical Research.

    Society for Quality Assurance in Nigeria.

  • I have just read about the Nairobi workshop and saw it was for one day.

    Will GHT fund the workshop fully or have you got a co-sponsor for Nigeria?

    The 2nd Nigerian Quality Assurance Conference/Quality College is coming up in August (13th to 16th), all things being equal. The conference will cover Clinical Trials and other regulated research in details, anyway. So I would suggest that this GHT workshop should come any time before August or in August before the conference. There will not be any concern even if it comes very close to the SQAN Quality College.

    The Association for Good Clinical Practice in Nigeria is also organising a conference this May. So we could consider these events. It will be nice if the workshop is fixed when people from outside Abuja could attend very well.

  • chidemannie chidemannie 8 Feb 2012

    This is great, I will sure put in my best as regards publicity and logistics for the event as soon as the date is set. I am currently serving in sokoto where am working on a school clinic as my CDS project. I have access to research scientist as Prof. Campbell and the likes

  • It is quite encouraging to read the various contributions in this discussion so far. I am thinking the workshop should be for a day and should come up in the first week of may. The theme should be on Clinical Trials in Nigeria and the topics should cover various aspects of clinical trial. seven or eight topics may suffice. I am also willing to give a presentation on informed consent or product discovery and development. I think the publicity should start immediately through phone call and e-mail to researchers in Nigeria that are known to us and we should encourage them to inform other researchers too.

  • Tamzin Tamzin Furtado 10 Feb 2012

    Excellent thanks all, and thanks Glory! Perhaps we could secure a date for the venue, and then we can begin drafting a programme based on the availability of our speakers? Once we have a drafted programme we can start spreading the word and encouraging people to come. Does that sound OK?

  • Perfect! I will get in touch with the administrative department to secure a date when the conference room will be available all day in May and get back to the groug. Many thanks to you all.

  • chidemannie chidemannie 10 Feb 2012

    Your welcome glory. I also could mobilize serving corp members with keen interest in clinical trials. And also will love to work with in the publicity/logistics unit for the program. There is this issue that throbs me about the specificty and gold standard test for HIV which is not met yet thousands of africans, nigerians are stamped HIV positive. I believe clinical trials has a voice to stand and act right.

  • odorking Odor King 10 Feb 2012

    There are many meetings globally from second quarter of April 2012 till July, therefore my thinking for the event is between now and April, this may be realistic rather than May.

    Remember, all the resources (Man, Money and Materials) may be available for the meeting but TIME which is a valuable resource may not be available and this mars the event. So let us give TIME a desired attention it requires!

  • Yes! There is hardly any time that one meeting or the other is not going on somewhere in the world. However, anything worth doing at all is worth doing well. Time is crucial in getting the men, money and materials together as we are thinking of the best time to fix the meeting. The availability of the conference room is also important. I have started the process of receiving approval for the National Hospital Auditorium/Conference room. I requested for a waiver(since it is going to be a free workshop and it will benefit the researchers in the institution) from paying N25,000 which is the usual fee for using the venue for a day. We can however get any date of our choice if we are ready to pay upfront.Can we have suggestions as to the topics and the resource persons? May be Tanzin will have something to comment on this.

  • Sorry! I mean Tamzin and not Tanzin to please comment on this. Thank you.

  • Thanks for all your contributions. I will reach few persons today including Dr Morenike Ukpong who was with us in the GHT forum last year and see if they would be available to be part of this.

    Considering the topics, do we want something different from the Nairobi format? I thought it was recommended that we work with the template.

    Timing and resources are essential, but also the funding. I had asked about this before. I would expect Tamzin or Trudie to respond to that.

    Can we hold the meeting in another venue in Abuja, if the the National Hospital Conference Auditorium is not available on the date we would prefer?

    What is our target audience, and how do we want the meeting publicised? Email alone and internet can get enough people, but posters and fliers will help if we want widespread publicity that could leverage awareness for subsequent meetings.

  • GHN_Editors The Editorial Team 16 Feb 2012

    Hi all

    Thanks for your input. Glory - how is the plan for the room coming along?

    Global Health Trials will be funding the room and refreshments, and the meeting will be free to attend - but we are not able to cover people's travel expenses and so on unfortunately. If you have further queries do contact me.

    We are happy to help with posters and flyers once we have the talks sorted out. It's absolutely fine to follow the Nariobi format if preferred, but really the aim of these workshops is to cover as broad and interesting a range of topics as possible in the field of clinical trials, to be suitable for the whole research team - investigators and clinicians, nurses and data staff, statisticians, lab technicians, and so on. We'd like one talk on Global Health Trials and the professional membership scheme, to encourage people to make use of the resouces available.

    So, I suggest that we work with the people who've kindly volunteered their expertise to work out a schedule based on their expertise/what they are happy to talk about. Glory - do you want ot take this forward, or would someone else like to do so?

  • It is nice identifying with this group. Thanks to Maduabuchi for introducing me to it. As a Clinical Research Associate and Biomedical Scientist, I shall always be available to offer my expertise to this group, hoping fully that it will help open the clinical research industry in Nigeria. The workshop to be held in Abuja is a welcome one. All hands must be on deck to make it a successful one. I am sure with the crop of Clinical Research Professionals we have here, resource people is not going to be an issue at all.

  • I am new to clinical research, good clinical practice and quality assurance and i have been taking definite steps towards enhancing my knowledge by joining the nigerian chapter of SQA and taking some online courses and trainings in this regard. I have been privileged to take some global health trials courses and i find them really informative and educating. So the conference will make a good forum on adding knowledge and interacting with the great minds in this field.

  • toyinukpong Morenike Ukpong 16 Feb 2012

    Thanks John for alerting me on the ongoing discussion. A date may not work for everyone but please do lets know early. NHVMAS will be glad to help share information on the meeting via its listserv. We have access to about 5000 persons - a bulk of whom are in Abuja and may well be interested. There is also the Clinical Trial Network in Abuja who I am sure would be glad to collaborate with you on this. The AGCPN whom John mentioned would also be glad to work with you on this. A theme for the meeting may be great and a catchy one helps draw attention. I suggest for a day's meeting, topic should be limited to 5. Topics related to clinic trials are interesting, many people are learning things for the first time and they would want to ask and discuss a lot of issues. I suggest room should be given for lots of discussions and deliberation (and conclude on time for people to leave for school run etc. Possibly by 400pm). All the best as this is being put together. Would be glad to replicate the meeting down South for persons who may be interested but cannot make the trip to Abuja (there would be a lot of residents who are currently planning their dissertation who could well benefit from the sessions).

  • toyinukpong Morenike Ukpong 16 Feb 2012

    And I forgot to add - NHVMAS would be glad to support the meeting with lots of resource materials - educational leaflets on research literacy, ethics training handbook etc

  • Impressive! I got an official letter today approving us to use the National Hispital Auditorium on May 7, 2012. We are also given 50% payment waiver. So, we pay would N12,500 instead of N25,000. My suggested theme is CLINICAL TRIALS IN NIGERIA- WAY FORWARD. The topics to be covered may include
    1) introduction to ICH/GCP
    2) Product discovery and development for tropical diseases in Nigeria
    3) Data Management, Quality Control and Statistical Analysis
    4)Ethics Committee, Regulatory Authority and Informed Consent
    5)Good Laboratory Practice
    6) Interactive section on managing a research team and Collaboration in Resaerch in Nigeria.
    7)Introduction to the Global Health Clinical Trial and professional membership
    I guess 6 topics with 30 minutes tea break and 1 hour lunch may stretch from 9am till 4:30pm. Those with expertise in any of these areas may volunteer to take the topics. The power point presentations should be made available to Global Health Trial Editorial team ahead of time for their suggestions and contribution. Once we tidy up all these, publicity material should be made available by the editorial team as we continue to prepare for the D day. I would not mind giving a talk on product discovery and development for tropical diseases in Nigeria. My fear now is that we may have more participants than we are anticipating so that we dont have the problem of inadequate resources. So, should there be a limit set ahead of time and if so what will the criteria be. What do you all think about this?

  • chidemannie chidemannie 17 Feb 2012

    Thanks much. Whats the capacity of the hall/conference room? How many persons are planned for? I believe this is the first step as regards numbers of participants. I said something about the HIV gold test standard that is not and no one reacted to it.

  • deensani Shamsuddeen Sani 18 Feb 2012

    Glory Oluwagbenga Ogunfowokan you have put forward a good effort by organising this program.

    However, I have some suggestions with regard to the arrangement of the topics as I found them rather mixed up a little bit.I apologise for being so critical but when it comes to clinical research,clarity, frugality and precision are the watch words.

    The theme must reflect the sub-themes at least in broader sense. So that may need to be garnished with topics such as: Challenges of Conducting Clinical Trials in a Developing Country.
    Secondly, you can not have a topic: Product discovery and development of tropical diseases in Nigeria. It’s rather vague. What do you intend to discuss there in 30 minutes? What do you mean by adding ‘tropical diseases’? Do you meant to say drugs or vaccines for those tropical diseases? Which ones among dozens of them would like to discuss in a short time to such an audience of clinical trial naive individuals?
    You could rather say: Overview of Drug discovery and Development. Simple.
    Thirdly, it’s almost impossible to discuss judiciously in a single lecture on Data Management, Quality Control and Statistical Analysis. These are broad entities managed separately by different teams in clinical trials. It’s perfect to make a separate topic each on:
    Clinical Data Management
    Quality Assurance & Quality Control in Clinical Trials
    Statistical Analysis of Clinical Trials
    Medical Writing in Clinical Trials
    The Role of Pharmacovigilance in Clinical Trials
    Other subsequent topics you have also need to be reframed as follows:
    Role of the Regulatory Authorities in Clinical Research
    Institutional Review Board/Ethics Committee and Informed Consent Process
    Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Process (GMP)

    The interactive session could focus on: Team Work and Clinical Trial Project Management.
    Your first topic on ICH-GCP is in order. Thanks.

  • While we thank Glory for all his efforts thus far,I think that some of the issues raised by Sani make some sense. One does not know the type of audience that shall be attending this meeting.Will all the attendees be clinical research professionals? If the answer is no, I should therefore strongly suggest that we concentrate on the basics of clinical research eg
    ICH/GCP basic
    Informed consent
    Ethical Review/IRB
    Cultural Issues in Clinical Research
    Fraud in clinical research
    Data Quality in clinical research
    GCP/GCLP. etc.
    Having spoken locally and Internationally on variety of clinical research topics, I could volunteer to deliver a session if room still exist for resource persons.
    Thank you for all your contributions.

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