Global Bioethics Summer School 2013 opens

Attendees to the 2nd Annual Global Bioethics Summer School practice their moves at MORU

Bangkok (Thailand) 15 July 2013 - The second annual Global Health Bioethics Network Summer School began today at the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU). About 40 representatives from the Wellcome Trust's Major Overseas Programmes (MOPs) in Kenya, Malawi, Thailand-Laos, and Vietnam will attend this year's Bioethics Summer School, which runs from 15-18 July 2013.

Organised by the Global Health Bioethics Network of the Ethox Centre in the UK and MORU, the Bioethics Summer School aims to build capacity in ethics and community engagement across the MOPs by providing a friendly, informal environment where people can discuss ethics and community engagement, learn about important areas of practice in low-income settings, and develop ideas for future research projects. Last year's inaugural summer school was held at Oxford University.

"The Summer School helps people find answers to ethical challenges in their work; gain a better understanding of community engagement or of a particular ethical issue like consent; inspire them to come up with research ideas, writing and plans for future collaboration; and to apply for Global Health Bioethics Network bursaries," said Ms. Dinnah Rippon, Co-ordinator of the Global Health Bioethics Network.

Participants include nurses, doctors, social scientists, global health students, fieldworkers, community engagement leaders, academics and ethicists, among others.

This year's Summer School will feature presentations on practical ethical issues and about current work in ethics and community engagement; plans for future developments; and discussion of cross-MOP research collaborations.

Funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, the Global Health Bioethics Network is a programme to carry out ethics research and build ethics capacity across the Wellcome Trust's MOPs in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand-Laos, and Viet Nam.

The Global Health Bioethics Network is coordinated by the Ethox Centre, a multidisciplinary bioethics research centre in the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Population Health. The Centre aims to improve ethical standards in healthcare practice and medical research through education, research, and by providing ethics support to health professionals and medical researchers.

The Centre's research activities focus on global health ethics, clinical ethics, public health ethics, and research ethics. For more information about the Network and its activities, please contact Dinnah Rippon or Mike Parker. For more information about the summer school, please contact Phaik Yeong Cheah.