We are pleased to introduce you to the 2014-15 Pillars of PRIM&R Award recipient, Francis Kazungu Kombe. Francis currently serves as a senior community facilitator in charge of training at the Kenya Medical Research Institute/Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP). Over the next year, he will be using his award for a project that explores strengthening fieldworkers’ capacity to address practical and ethical challenges in international research settings. Read on to learn more about Francis' background and his project.
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 by Amal Matar, 2010 Pillars of PRIM&R Award Recipient

As a relatively young, Middle Eastern woman, who has only taken baby steps in the field of research ethics, I was surprised to be named the 2010 Pillars of PRIM&R Award recipient. The award involved presenting my research to almost 2,500 attendees at PRIM&R’s 2011 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference. Participants came from all over the United States, but there were more than 100 individuals from the developing world.<[...] Read more


We are pleased to announce Dr. Amal Matar of Egypt as the recipient of the 2010 Pillars of PRIM&R Award.

Dr. Matar, who received her medical degree from Ain Shams University in 2000, is a graduate student in Biotechnology and Mass Communication and Journalism at American University in Cairo, Egypt. She will use her award to further the research she is conducting for her Master’s thesis, which will identify [...] Read more


New Year, new perspective

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By: Walter Straus, MD, MPH, PRIM&R Board Chair

I am beginning the New Year by fulfilling a resolution. Perhaps it’s a sign of age that I no longer race to embrace the latest technological breakthrough. So, here goes my first foray into the blogosphere.

My career has revolved around improving human health, through clinical medicine, public health work domestically and internationally, and, for the past dozen years, research to develop new drugs and vaccines. I have always focused on issues important for human health. I had recognized the importance of attending to animal welfare requirements in bioethics, but had not appreciated this on a personal level.

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We are happy to announce that Dr. Neal Dickert, of Atlanta, GA, has been chosen to receive this year’s Pillar of PRIM&R Award.

Currently a Fellow with the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Dickert plans to use his award to assess the effectiveness of the oral informed consent process [...] Read more