NEWS 30th May 2017
It is my great pleasure to announce that the Nigerian Regional Faculty has been awarded GOLD status, after succesful completion of a detailed, coherent strategic plan, as well as in reward to the dedication and hard work of its members. The faculty leaders and members have shown great creativity and innovation, running an extensive blended learning system (shortly to be rolled out further across Nigeria), as well as numerous workshops and events. The faculty are a wonderful example of what can be achieved with dedication and positivity. Global Health Trials and the Nigerian faculty will work together to submit funding applications to ensure sustainability of project goals from here on.
New resource! Basic Biostatistics Workshop Materials. The Nigerian faculty ran a biostatistics workshop for research staff during May 2017. The workshop was extremely well attended, and the resources are shared here for all.
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Aim and Mission of the Nigerian Regional Faculty:
The aim of the Nigerian regional faculty is to be a leading voice on issues concerning clinical research in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa, and our mission is to develop, train and empower clinical research team members of the highest standard for achievement of maximum health impact and national relevance through available resources. We are working with research groups across Nigeria, and staff of all roles and across different disease areas and types of research. We are keen to involve more groups in this initiative, so please do contact us to get involved in our activities. We look forward to hearing from you!
History of the Nigerian Regional Faculty
The Global Health Trials Nigerian Faculty started in 2011 when Trudie Lang, PI of Global Health Trials, met GbengaOgunfowokan in Geneva during a WHO/TDR meeting. After discussing the need to build capacity in Clinical Research in low and middle income countries, it was agreed that a free clinical research capacity building workshop should be held in Nigeria. This took place on 12th February 2012 being the first ever capacity building workshop sponsored by Global Health Trials. The workshop had a representative from Central Africa in attendance. The workshop attracted researchers including MorenikeUkpong, Augustine Onyeaghala and Emmanuel Benyeogor who are now Faculty members. The Faculty members worked hard to sustain the tempo and keep the vision of clinical research in Nigeria burning. Global Health Trials Clinical Research Capacity building workshops took place in Lagos in 2013 and 2015 while the current one is scheduled to hold in Abuja on 28th January 2017. The membership of the Faculty has now grown to 20 in the organising committee, but many more are involved in the activities conducted by the group and have benefitted from its training. More people are invited to get involved, so please contact us today if you'd like to join us!
Click here for the profiles of the Regional Faculty Leads
Workshops/Meetings held by Faculty So far:
Prior to the forthcoming 2017 workshop with the theme Capacity building for clinical research in the face of disaster and conflict situation in middle and low income countries, the first for the Nigerian Regional Faculty led by OluwagbengaOgunfowokan to be held at National Hospital Abuja on January 28. There have been three workshops have been held so far since 2012 in Nigeria under the Central and West African Regional Faculty.
The first workshop was held in Abuja on Monday 7th May, 2012 at the Main Auditorium of the National Hospital with the theme Clinical Trials in Nigeria and coordinated by Oluwagbenga Ogunfowokan. Highlights included: An overview of Clinical Trial Capacity in Nigeria, Clinical Trials Regulations and Guidelines in Nigeria, Career Development and Training to build Clinical Trial Capacity, ICH/GCP Basics, General Overview of Quality Assurance in Clinical Trials, Informed Consent and Community Engagement and Panel discussion on building trial capacity in Nigeria.
The Second workshop followed next on November 6, 2013 with the theme Career Development in Clinical Research in Nigeria. The workshop was held at the New Great Hall, College of Medicine, University of Lagos and coordinated by Emmanuel Benyeogor: Highlights of the meeting included Use of Global Health Trials to Facilitate Your Work, Clinical Research Career Development Opportunities, Protocol Writing, Review and Approval, Fundamentals and Application of GCP and GCLP and Panel Discussions. You can read a report of this workshop here.
The third workshop was also held in Lagos and Coordinated by Emmanuel Benyeogor on November 26, 2014 following the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria with the theme Research in Disease Outbreaks, a collaborative skills sharing workshop and the highlights included Public Health Significance of Outbreak Research Preparedness, How was Nigeria was able to Respond to Ebola Outbreak, Role of Research Nurses in Outbreaks and Pragmatic Research.
Workshop attendees at one of the Nigerian Faculty Capacity Building workshops engaged in a breakout session discussion