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2017 ANREC Summit to Focus on Revolutionary Research Training

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Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda (Red tie) in a photo opp. with participants at a recent retreat

Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) is organizing the 9th Annual National Research Ethics Conference (ANREC) from July 10 – 12, 2017 in Kampala, Uganda.

ANREC is a platform for engagement and interaction among the various actors involved with human research participants.

The 9th ANREC will focus on how researchers can develop effective collaborations in research that maximize benefits of research among themselves as research collaborators and also to research participants and their communities.

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The aim is to equip researchers in Uganda, policy makers, research ethics committees, with knowledge and skill of how to build research collaborations that ensure fairly and equitable benefits sharing.

According to organizers, “researchers, regulators, policy makers, members of research ethics committees, civil society groups and research communities will come together to share experiences and discuss contemporary issues affecting the conduct of human research participants in Uganda and the region.”

The key issues to discuss will include sharing human materials and data, consent process in genomics and related studies and publications ethics.

Prior to the conference, the Forum for Research Ethics Committee Chairpersons in Uganda (FRECU) will hold their 24th meeting on Monday July 10 2017. FRECU is attended by Chairpersons of RECs only.

The conference will have formal presentations, group discussions and case studies.

Exhibitions and poster presentations, as per the organizing committee, may also be made.

Participants are expected to come from Ugandan institutions, agencies and the community, including, but not limited to REC members, investigators, research regulators, policy makers, and opinion leaders.

Participants are also expected from neighboring countries and guests from overseas.

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