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By Patrick Opio

Senior Communications Officer

The members of Lira University Research Ethics Committee(REC) are skilful, professionals and people with proven integrity, expected to perform to the expectations of the researchers, says the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Okaka Opio Dokotum.

While addressing the LUREC launch ceremony at the University on Thursday (3rd November 2022), Okaka Opio Dokotum said the 14-member Committee was well selected and trained by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology on the skills and knowledge of enhancing standards of doing research.

Prof. Okaka Opio encouraged staff, students and other stakeholders to take advantage of the new development and be more serious on research activities as the university now has its own REC.

Meanwhile the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) has accredited the Lira University Research Ethics Committee (LUREC) after meeting the necessary national requirements to function as a Research Ethics Committee for the protection of the rights and welfare of human research participants in Uganda.

The DVC advised LUREC to be independent and observe transparency and professionalism while handling research issues. “You need to budget your available time well to handle the seemingly overwhelming work on research. It is not easy as you have your other duties to perform besides the LUREC activities,” he said.

He emphasized that Research should be conducted in a manner that does not violate the dignity, rights and welfare of human research participants. “Let’s put REC to use, our new born baby,” he encouraged research community.

He added that LUREC Team will ensure research ethics are followed in the process of producing quality research acceptable globally.

The Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Omech Bernard noted that research initiative is the basis of new knowledge and development of Universities, adding that LUREC will be overwhelmed with research vetting exercise against deadlines as graduate and under-graduate students are some of the expected clients.

Dr Odur Andrew, the chairperson, LUREC, said the committee will ensure there is transparency, conducive atmosphere for interactions with researchers, guide and protect the researchers and the community. He added that universities are centres and propagators of new knowledge underscoring the importance of research ethics in quality assurance.

LUREC members include the following; Dr Ongom Andrew(chairperson). Dr Pancras odongo, Dr Adupa Drake, Prof. JB Okullo, Dr Benson Okello, Dr Judith Abal, Emily Akullu (Vice Chairperson), Counsel Shamin Amolo, Anne Ruth Akello,Christine Acio, Flavia Apio, Morris Chris Ongom and Dr Laury Lawrence Ocen.

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