Health research ethics is an important area of knowledge and practice for all health researchers. Research ethics is an integral component of research excellence because research typically requires careful and well-informed attention to the safety, dignity and welfare of research participants’ information, conditions, and lives. Researchers have an obligation to know and apply national and international research ethics guidelines and best practices when they conduct health-related research.
Together with other components of the DRILL programme, this component promotes ethical research and research integrity.
DRILL offers basic and advanced training in research ethics as an integral component of the fellowship training programme.
The health research ethics scientific track is led by Professor Douglas Wassenaar.
Dr Pamela Pillay is an early career academic and a scientist anatomist in the Discipline of Clinical Anatomy. She is also the Academic Leader of Teaching and Learning in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences. She lectures and supervises research at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She serves as a council member of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa.
Dr Brenda De Gama is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Clinical Anatomy and the academic leader of research in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences, UKZN. Dr De Gama’s research interests are indigenous knowledge and how this influences perspectives on body donation for medical and health professions education; belief systems; body donation and the treatment of the dead.
Ms Abigail Wilkinson is a project researcher for the HIV/AIDS Vaccines Ethics Group (HAVEG) and an ad-hoc lecturer in the Discipline of Psychology at UKZN. Her PhD focuses on how stakeholder engagement in biomedical HIV prevention trials can be strengthened through ethics review.