The Center for Bioethics, Ibadan, Nigeria is a program funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health through the Fogarty International Center, of which I am the Program Director/Principal Investigator, to provide training and support for the development of international research bioethics in West Africa.
It incorporates the West African Bioethics Training Program which provides MSc, MPhil/PhD program in the Department of Surgery at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. This training program has trained over 25 students from different medical, educational and research institutions in Nigeria and other West African countries. The students enjoy varying levels of scholarship support depending on their need.
The Center for Bioethics also provides training for Biomedical researchers and members of Institutional Review Boards in Nigeria. Since inception, the Center has conducted training for up to 4,000 biomedical researchers in Nigeria and other West African countries in order to increase their awareness of bioethics and informed consent issues in research.
A new Diploma course in Research Ethics will be introduced in 2014 which will provide a higher level of knowledge to individuals who wish to have more than introductory level knowledge in research ethics but do not have the time or the opportunity to attend a full time Master's degree course.
The Center for Bioethics and the West African Bioethics Training Program are constantly soliciting applications from individuals with interest in research ethics to take advantage of any of the numerous training and research opportunities supported by the them.