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Lira University Forms Research Ethics Committee

By Patrick Opio

Senior Communications Officer

The Lira University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Okaka Opio Dokotum has advised members of the newly formed Research Ethics Committee (REC) to observe transparency and professionalism while handling researchers.

The DVC noted that REC members should always aim at improving efficiency and effectiveness of research activities, adding that some research carry risks through direct or indirect exposure of research participants, which must be avoided.

He was the Chief Guest at the REC members training workshop, Gracious Palace Hotel, Lira City.

Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.

“We emphasize that all ethics guidelines require that risk to participants in research should be minimized and benefits be maximized, “Okaka Opio Dokotum asserts.

He emphasized that Research should be conducted in a manner that does not violate the dignity, rights and welfare of human research participants.

Dokotum adds, “For research to be ethical the researchers should not use the community as a mere means to an end but as an end in itself.”

REC Chairperson, Dr. Odongo Pancras Odull advised REC members to provide the highest possible ethical standards and protection to research participants in order to build public trust and confidence.

Dr Odongo noted that all research involving humans should be conducted in accordance with the basic principles of research ethics, applicable ethical values, norms (guidelines, policies, regulations and laws.

Anna Grace Auma, the Principal Investigator, revealed that the REC training was funded under The Center for International Reproductive Health Training /Sexual and Reproductive Health Resource Center, Lira University Project. She praised CIRHT for the financial support towards the university development.

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