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Graduation Ceremony of the Third Class of Fellows from the Responsible Conduct of Research Program

Under the Patronage of the His Excellency Professor Saeb Khraisat, the President of Jordan University of Science and Technology, the graduation of the third class of the fellowship degree in responsible conduct of research was celebrated Tuesday, 09-04-2019 at JUST campus.  The celebration was attended by Prof. Karem Alzoubi, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Director of the program responsible conduct of research at JUST, as a representative of JUST president, and Prof. Wael Al-dlaimy, the Director of the program, University of California at San Diego, USA.

This program is joint program between Jordan University of Science and Technology and the University of California at san Diego/USA, and it is funded by the National Institute of Health /USA. JUST is considered the focal point for this program in Jordan and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The fellowship training is focused on the philosophy and principles of research ethics pertaining to epidemiological studies, clinical trials, studies in laboratory animals, cell lines, biological samples and biotechnology.

Prof. Wael Al-dlaimy, said that the Fellowship Program in Responsible conduct of research is an international collaboration aimed at building capacities among young scientists in Jordan and the MENA in scientific research ethics and related policies. This is expected to prepare them to conduct scientific research consistent with global standards and to be future leaders who formulate policies of responsible conduct of research in their institutions and countries.

Prof. Karem Alzoubi, indicated that the graduates of this program are faculty members, lecturers and master degree holders representing various Jordanian universities and Arab countries such as Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen and Palestine.

The ceremony was attended by several of faculty members, program fellows, and postgraduate students.

The 3rd International Conference on Ethics in Jordan: Publication and Authorship

For the third year in a row the RCR Program in collaboration with the school of Pharmacy at JUST ( Jordan University of Science and Technology) and under the auspices of Prof. Sa’eb A. Khresat ​, the President of JUST ; held the 3rd International Conference on Research Ethics in Jordan under the theme publications and authorship. The conference highlighted ethical principles pertaining to the publication process, international authorship criteria and how these principles can be applied in the MENA region. The event included several international speakers and a wide-range of international attendees from all over the MENA region.The conference was held on July 3rd of 2018.

Professor Karem Alzoubi, the Program Director in Jordan and the MENA and the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, indicated that this conference is part of the efforts of the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Responsible Conduct of Research program to provide distinguished education and scientific research. He presented a talk on “Plagiarism: Detection and action the Jordan case”.

One of the important presentations was given by one of our lead faculty members Dr. Kenneth Goodman in which he focused on Ethics, Science and Authorship: The Growth of Knowledge in the 21st Century.

We also had a number of our graduate fellows who volunteered to present short presentations on ethics reflecting on their practicums or areas of expertise as follows:

  • Osamah Alshogran: “Understanding of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)Authorship Criteria Among Faculty Members of Health Sciences in Jordan”.
  • Qosay AlBalas: “A Historical Overview of the Islamic Authorship Heritage”
  • Saleem Bani Hani: “Authorship: an ongoing challenge in research ethics”
  • Mahmoud Alomari:”Assent and consent considerations in the Arab countries: the Jordanian case”
  • Fadia Mayyas” “The usefulness of workshops to improve graduate student awareness andknowledge of manuscript writing process and research integrity.”
  • Wisam Shafiq: “Assessment and Comparison of Research Ethics Education Offerings of MasterPharmacy Programs in Jordan and Globally”.

This event was co-sponsored by the WHO collaborating Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, University of Miami, USA, and several other local companies in Jordan.​ 

Thank You to our sponsors!

Welcome Year Four Participants

We are proud to announce that we have accepted 40 new participants to our Research Ethics Program in Jordan for the Academic Year 2018-2019.

This Year we have participants from different parts of the MENA Region( Middle East and North Africa) in addition to our participants from Jordan, we have participants from Libya, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Egypt,Sudan, Lebanon, Mauritania and from the Gaza Strip.

Looking forward to a prosperous year.

Second Wave Program Graduates

The Research Ethics Educational Program in Jordan is pleased to announce the second cohort of 27 graduate fellows.

Fellows received their certificates of completion of the program during the Graduation Ceremony held on October 12th,2017 at Jordan University of Science and Technology under the patronage of the President of JUST Dr. Omar Al-Jarrah and Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy from UCSD.

The 2nd International Conference on Ethics in Jordan: Clinical Trials

For the second year in a row the RCR Program in collaboration with the school of Pharmacy at JUST ( Jordan University of Science and Technology) and under the auspices of Dr. Omar Al-Jarrah, the President of JUST ;held  The 2nd International Conference on Ethics in Jordan: Clinical Trials.

The conference was held from August 2nd thru August 4th ,2017.

One of the important presentations was given by our program director Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy in which he focused on Clinical trials of drugs in less developed countries: an ethical perspective.

Also Dr. Kenneth Goodman one of the programs lead faculty members gave a presentation on Clinical research and the challenge of balancing profit and progress.

This year  members from JFDA Jordan(Jordan Food and Drug Association) were present and held distinguished presentations on various and important topics in Jordan such as Clinical studies in Jordan: current status and improvement opportunities; JFDA bioequivalence guidelines; and Jordan pharmacovigilance experience.

We also had 8 of our second year fellows who volunteered to present short presentations on ethics reflecting on their practicums or areas of expertise as follows:

  • Yazan Akkam: “Nanotechnology in Jordan: ethical implications and potential health consequences”

  • Basima Almomani: “Knowledge and views of Jordanian parents on ethical issues of medical research in their children”

  • Hana Abu Hassan & Heyam Aldalky: ” Mental health stigma”

  • Aceil Al-Khatib: ” Developing an updated Arabic version of human subjects’ topic for Islamic communities”

  • Osama Alshogran: “Knowledge, views, attitudes and practice towards international committee of  medical journal editors (ICMJE) authorship criteria among faculty members of health sciences”

  • Noor Almurtada: “Considerations and beliefs on donation of a tooth to science in Jordan”

  • Hanin Makhloof: “The perspectives of Jordanians toward open consent form and reuse of biological material in scientific research”

Year 3 Summer Introductory Course

Summer Course-Introduction to Research Ethics:

Our 3rd Cohort has just completed their one week face- to- face intensive summer course that was held at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan.

This year the course material was given in the English language and translated to the Arabic language to accommodate those  participants who are more fluent in the Arabic language ( also for those whose secondary language is French rather than English).

By making Arabic the language of instruction, we are opening this program to all professionals in the MENA region who might be interested in advancing their career and getting involved in population research regardless of their English skills. This is a critical point. Where other programs in which the language of instruction limits access to only the elite bilingual or medical professionals, this program will remove that limitation. These are the kind of trans formative educational approaches that are needed to lift the status of research and research ethics in the region. This, to our knowledge, would be the first-ever online Arabic research ethics certificate jointly taught by a U.S. and a Jordanian institution. The uniqueness of the MENA region is that regardless of the dialect spoken, formal Arabic is the official language of schools, media and formal or official writing.

Welcome Year Three Participants

We are proud to announce that we have accepted 33 new participants to our Research Ethics Program in Jordan for the Academic Year 2017-2018.

This Year we included  participants from different parts of the MENA Region( Middle East and North Africa) in addition to our participants from Jordan, these countries are Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Sudan.

Looking forward to a prosperous year.

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