Enhanced REC collaborative review through videoconferencing

Richard Waddell, Daima Bukini, Muhsin Aboud, Susan Adams, Eligius Lyamuya, Joyce Masalu, Elizabeth Bankert, Lorri Wettemann


As international collaborative health research activities increase, building research ethics committees (REC) infrastructure and capacity in lowand middle-income countries for efficient and thorough review of research protocols becomes more critical, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. International investigators may face multiple challenges when conducting research in these settings, an important one being the length of time involved in securing REC review and approval. We discuss an approach to the problem that involved organisation of ‘rapid review’ REC sub-committees who met via video-conference for collaborative review of research protocols.

Authors' affiliations

Richard Waddell, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Daima Bukini, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

Muhsin Aboud, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

Susan Adams, Academic Research and Consultancy

Eligius Lyamuya, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

Joyce Masalu, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

Elizabeth Bankert, Dartmouth College

Lorri Wettemann, Dartmouth College

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Multisite Ethics Review, Collaborative IRB Review, Videoconferencing, and International Research

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2016;9(2):84. DOI:10.7196/SAJBL.2016.v9i2.483

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-06-01
Date published: 2016-10-18

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