The IU-Moi Academic Research Ethics Partnership
The Indiana University-Moi University Academic Research Ethics Partnership (IU-Moi AREP) is a bioethics capacity-building program between Indiana University in the United States and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, funded by an R25 grant from the Fogarty International Center, NIH. Dr. Eric Meslin, the Indiana University Center for Bioethics Director is the Principal Investigator, and Prof. David Ayuku is the Co-PI in Eldoret. The program offices are located at the IU Center for Bioethics in Indianapolis, and the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
IU-Moi AREP has three components: a Master's Degree offered at both universities, an annual "Teaching Skills in International Research Ethics" (TASKR) Workshops, and short courses. An innovative feature of IU-Moi AREP is the establishment of two interconnected Master's programs in Indianapolis and Eldoret. In September 2009, a new Master of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in International Research Ethics was approved at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI). In 2010, Moi University approved a new MHSc in International Health Research Ethics.
A key feature of the groundbreaking Master's program is the Practicum Experience held at each institution. Each year several Moi students come to Indianapolis and IUPUI students travel to Kenya. In addition, students learn about topics in research ethics and work on a specific research projects geared towards their interests. Since its inception, the program has admitted 40 students at Moi University, and three at IUPUI. This is consistent with the funder's expectation that the principal focus of AREP is building research ethics capacity in Kenya.
Each IU-Moi AREP partner convenes an annual Teaching Skills
in International Research Ethics (TaSkR) workshop to provide
training to approximately 40 faculty and students. The overall
objective of the workshop is to enable participants to learn about
pedagogical methods and acquire skills for teaching international
research ethics. The target audience includes faculty and students
engaged in teaching and mentoring students in international
research settings, trained by domestic and international experts in
international research ethics including those from other
programs. So far, over 300 participants have been trained.
The sixth TaSkR workshop (TaSkR VI) was held in February 2014 in Eldoret. This workshop focused on genomics and biobanking, and was attended by 118 delegates from Africa, North America, and Europe. Institutions represented included Moi University, the IU-Center for Bioethics, KEMRI, AMPATH, Moi University IREC, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, the Kenya Medical Training College, University of Nairobi and the ESC in Global Health-University of Toronto. Planning for TaSkR VII is currently ongoing and will be held in Indianapolis in April 2015.