In this virtual, interactive training totaling 12 hours, join other students from around the world to develop competencies in health research ethics.
The course includes short lectures by international guest experts, small group case study discussions facilitated by expert faculty, & self-paced online “homework.”
All students from APRU member universities are welcome.
Date & Time
April 14, 28 & May 13 at 5:30-7:30 pm (Pacific time)/
April 15, 29 & May 14 at 8:30-10:30 am (Hong Kong time)
- The training is free and exclusive for APRU undergraduate and graduate students. Find out if you are from an APRU member university here.
- Due to the high demand, we will use a quota system per economy to have a diverse cohort suitable for the program. Registrants from Hong Kong, the Philippines and New Zealand are closed as we received sufficient responses.
- The Global Health Program reserves the rights of the final decision on application acceptance.
- The training will be conducted in English via Zoom in three sessions of 2 hours each. Students will also be required to complete some online exercises in between the sessions.
- Those who successfully complete all live session hours plus the required “homework” will receive a certificate of participation.
Space is limited. Register before April 10th at https://usc-mphonline.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwoduiprjgsGNBLYMxpaLn5MeAkjU1-nCJB
Angus Dawson (PhD) is Professor of Bioethics and Director of Sydney Health Ethics at the University to Sydney, Australia. His main research interests are in public health ethics, research ethics, and methodology in bioethics. Angus’s work is increasingly focused on working with organisations to embed ethics into policy and everyday practice. He is currently writing a series of papers about key concepts in public health including solidarity, community, and trust as well as working on projects on Antimicrobial Resistance, Vaccine Prioritisation and the Ethics of Migration. Dr Dawson is the joint editor-in-Chief of the journal Public Health Ethics and was one of the editors of the casebook Global Perspectives on Public Health Ethics.
Leonardo D. De Castro (PhD) is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, where he previously served as Department Chair for 9 years. He was Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore and Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Bioethics Review from 2008 to 2016. He chairs the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board, the agency responsible for promoting ethical health research in the country. Dr De Castro has served on the National Bioethics Advisory Committee and the National Transplant Ethics Committee. He has been President of the Asian Bioethics Association, Vice Chair of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee, Vice Chair of the Forum for Ethics Review Committees in Asia and the Pacific, and a Bioethics Consultant to the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the European Union and the European Commission. He represented the Philippines in the UNESCO Inter-Governmental Bioethics Committee.
Professor Dr.Umah Rani Kuppusamy obtained her honours degree in Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) from the University of Malaya in 1989 and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) from the National University of Singapore in 1994. She is currently a Professor of Biochemistry at the Department of Biomedical Science.
She has been involved in designing, developing and teaching courses such as Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry/Chemical Pathology for the Bachelor of Biomedical Science and the Responsible Conduct of Research course for the Master of Health Research Ethics degree programmes.
Prof.Umah’s research interest revolves around natural products (plants and mushrooms) as well as on the mechanism, etiology and complications of diseases (especially obesity and related complications) in the context of free radicals, antioxidants and oxidative stress. She has published about 100 papers in ISI-ranked journals with an H-index of 26 (ISI). She is also the recipient of several local and international innovation awards/medals and has several patents to her credit.
She was among those instrumental in forming the Asia-International Biomedical Science Consortium. She has been the advisor of the Malaysian Biomedical Science Association since 2016 and is currently the advisor of the Research Integrity unit at the Faculty of Medicine, UM. She was listed in the “Health Professionals of The World -2015”, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)-United Kingdom since 2021. She was also recently admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), UK.
She has served the community through several religious and charitable organisations and in recognition of her contributions, she was awarded the “Ambassador for World Peace” by the Universal Peace Federation.
Mary Ana Cordero Díaz is a MD with a Diploma of Humanities and Ethics. She is a Bioethics docent and the Wellbeing and Professionalism Program Coordinator for the medical residents and fellows at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. Her activities and research focuses on ethics, ethics in research, professionalism, the learning environment and the well-being of medical students, residents and physicians.
Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHS is Associate Professor at the Keck School of Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is based at the University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She also is also Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of 56 universities. She received a PhD from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also holds a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in community participatory research, mental health, gender-based violence, immigrant health, and global sexual and reproductive health. Dr Withers is the editor of two books: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, and Global Health Leadership: Case Studies from the Asia-Pacific (in press). She has also published more than 40 scientific articles and serves on the editorial boards of six international global health journals. She also writes a blog on human trafficking titled Modern-Day Slavery for Psychology Today.
Nenita Baltazar-Panaligan is a Registered Nurse in the Philippines and Associate Professor at Cavite State University College of Nursing (CvSU- CON), supervising nursing and allied health undergraduate students. Prof. Panaligan handles professional courses on Research, Nursing Leadership and Management, Maternal and Child Care, and Community Health Nursing. She served as the first Clinical Coordinator and an Acting Dean of the CvSU CON, and managed the Research and Development Unit of the college. She is also involved in monitoring and supervision of the research and projects, ethical reviews and research linkages of the university. She has also served on the CvSU Ethics Review Board (ERB) and is an External /Medical Member of the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute Independent Ethics Committee (IEC). Prior to joining CvSU, Prof. Panaligan received her Master of Arts in Nursing degree major in Nursing Administration from the University of Santo Tomas and is pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at University of the Philippines Manila. She is also a member of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Region IV-A Consortium Research Management Committee. As current president of the Philippine Nurses Association Cavite Chapter, much of her work focuses on promoting nurses’ welfare, social relevance and development. She is also the president of the Philippine Nursing Research Society Cavite Cell. Most of her research and extension works are focused on maternal and child care, community and public health, ethics, disaster research, gender and development, nursing education, administration and policy development.
Haytham A. Sheerah is an epidemiologist who specializes in Nutrition Epidemiology, Non-Communicable Diseases, and Global health. Currently, Dr. Sheerah is accepted in the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) 2021 Post-Graduate Program at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sheerah has completed his doctoral degree from Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine Department of Public Health in 2020. Prior to this, he had received his bachelor’s degree from King Saud University – Medical School in 2012. Dr. Sheerah worked in 2013 at King Saud University at The Center of Excellence in Thrombosis and Hemostasis (CETH) as a Project Manager. Afterward, in 2014 he worked at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre as a coordinator for national hemophilia research. For the past couple of years, Dr. Sheerah was involved in several cohort research studies. His interest and dedication to global health drove him to be a student ambassador in APRU Global Health. He is active in the ‘Your DNA, Your Say’ genetic research project.
María de Jesús Medina-Arellano, PhD obtained her law degree from the Autonomous University of Nayarit, Mexico (2004). In January 2008 she graduated with the equivalent of an MPhil at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During her postgraduate degree she focused on the new paradigm of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights in Mexico. She obtained her PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence in July, 2012, from the School of Law (Centre for Social Ethics and Policy and the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation) at the University of Manchester. Her PhD research focused on the regulation of stem cell research in developing countries (Mexico as a case study). From 2013-2014, Maria worked as Deputy of the Judicial School in the Local Court of Justice in Nayarit. Since September 2014 she has been a full-time researcher at the Institute for Legal Research at UNAM. Since January 2015, she has also been the Deputy of the College of Bioethics, a civil association in Mexico that gathers scientist and physicians working in the area of bioethics from practical and academic perspectives. Since April 2017, she has been a member of the advisory board at the National Commission of Bioethics in Mexico (CONBIOÉTICA). Since January 2016, she has coordinated the Diploma on Bioethics, Health and Law which is offered in the Institute for Legal Research.
Dr. Ann Toh works as a home hospice physician delivering family-centred whole person care to children with life-threatening, life-limiting illness in StarPALS, HCA Hospice Care. She also serves as a volunteer physician and advocate for vulnerable people groups. Ann serves a clinician-educator for the School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and is actively involved in shaping undergraduate curriculum in the areas of community-based education for social determinants of health, social accountability, interprofessional education and compassion training. She has initiated and continues to nurture a local community of practice on Humanism & Humanities in Healthcare and has developed an innovative educational model for service learning using approaches grounded in Rogerian educational philosophy to nurture the next generation of compassionate healers of tomorrow. Within academia, Ann advocates for compassionate whole person care through pursuing the development of research in medical education, applied health services research & community-based patient-centred models of care.
Catherine Zhou, PhD is a Teaching Associate at the Office of the Dean of Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Prior to this she worked at the Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has a PhD degree in computer science and engineering and currently focuses on research postgraduate student education. Her teaching and research interests include research integrity, emotional resilience and intelligence, and mentorship. She is in charge of the research postgraduate student professional development program within the School of Engineering. Catherine is interested in student-centered teaching and learning strategies, such as e-learning, blended learning, flipped classroom, and experiential learning.
King L Chow, PhD, as a Professor of Life Science, Chemical & Biological Engineering, serves as the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs Office overseeing Environment and Sustainability, Public Policy, Risk Management, Technology Management and various innovation programs at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He heads the Dean of Students Office supporting various student-oriented schemes beyond academic issues, including exchange program, career development and experiential learning. While his research focuses on genetics, development, evolution and synthetic biology, he engages in various teaching pedagogy initiatives and curricular development projects, teaches project courses, experiential courses, online courses; spearheads liberal arts and interdisciplinary education at the juncture cutting across science, engineering, social science and humanity at both UG and PG levels. He was the inaugural School of Science Teaching Award winner and was awarded the Michael G. Gale Medal of distinguished teaching at HKUST.
Sarah Anderson graduated PhD in Philosophy at The University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau in 2020. She is a lecturer at her alma mater. Sarah has tutored a range of philosophy and ethics undergraduate courses and is currently codeveloping a course in ethics for medical students. She originally trained as a nurse, specialising in paediatric intensive care, and worked in a number of countries including Australia, South Africa, and the Netherlands. Among her interests are gloabl justice, health, and wellbeing.
Ricardo A. Peña Silva, MD, PhD is an associate professor at Universidad de los Andes Faculty of Medicine. He is a pharmacologist with a passion for biomedical research and education. Since the age of 16, he has:
-being actively involved in education, from secondary school to postgraduate education in the health sciences.
-engaged in biomedical research exploring the effects of aging and inflammation on cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease.
He has worked in higher education administration, in the accreditation of academic programs, and managing research productivity programs.
Three personal observations orient his interests in education and research:
1) All countries have talented people. Managing opportunities to exploit those talents is key to human and economic development.
2) Developing countries have significant functional literacy problems that impact subjects’ performance, regardless of their academic training level. The functional illiteracy in a segment of the population also makes them more susceptible to poor health outcomes.
3) Critical and innovative thinking, fostered by education and research, is key to the growth of communities, institutions, and health systems. The accelerated changes brought about by information technologies and the industrial revolution 4.0 can shrink the productivity gap between developing and developed countries if properly managed and implemented.
Jonathan R. Guillemot is a professor and researcher in gerontology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador. Beyond his role as a lecturer, he is the director of the training programme of caregivers of older people. His interests include this sociology of aging (including caregiving attitudes towards older people and the political involvement of older people). His main ongoing research includes “osteoporosis drug selection processes in England and France”, “decision to protest among older indigenous people in Ecuador”, among others. He graduated in Gerontology at King’s College London, UK, and in Political Sociology at Universite de Lille 2, Lille, France.
Indang Trihandini is a lecturer at Department of Biostatistics and Population, Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia. She has more than 30 years of teaching experience in biostatistics, and community health curricula at the Faculty of Public Health – Universitas Indonesia. As long as her professional work includes an experience in analysing and conceptualizing and implementing operations research (OR) in many areas such as maternal, children underfive years, HIV-AIDS and also Quality of life on elderly in nationally and internationally. She has been widely published in international academic journals.
Indri Hapsari Susilowati graduated from the Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia (UI), majoring in Occupational Health and Safety in 1999 (Bachelor degree) and 2008 (Master degree). She earned her Ph.D. in Human Science Design from Kyushu University Japan in 2012. Her interest research in ergonomics, human factors, aging, and safe transportation. She is currently the Head of Occupational Health and Safety Department, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia, since 2016. She is also teaching Law and Ethics in Health courses in Health Cluster Science, Universitas Indonesia. In this course, students are taught to understand health problems with bioethical principles, both clinical/personal and community / public health. This course is attended by students from the UI Faculty of Public Health, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy. She has achieved numerous awards at international conferences and has many publications in international and national journals. She also is writing a book about Indonesian Fall Risk Assessment Tools (I-FRAT) and Health Promotion in the Workplace.
Susiana Nugraha earned a Bachelor of Public Health, A. Yani School of Health Sciences, Bandung. She also graduated from The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Nagasaki University, Japan. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia. She works as a lecturer and researcher in Public Health Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Respati Indonesia. She is also Vice Director of Center for Family and Aging Studies (CeFAS) University of Respati Indonesia. She is the founder of OASE KUTAI TIMUR, East Borneo, a non-government organization for nutritional issues in under-five children.
Dr Alex Phang Kean Chang is a clinical scientist by profession who earns a PhD in Pathology, dual master’s degrees in health research Ethics and Medical Sciences (Pathology), besides holding a bachelor’s degree in Biohealth Science. He is currently serving as the Secretary (Manager) at the University of Malaya Medical Centre-Medical Research Ethics Committee where his core duties include managing the IRB and assisting in study protocol screening. Dr Alex received several ethics-related pieces of training and fellowships under World Health Organization, Department of Bioethics, NIH United States and WCG IRB-New York University Langone Health. He has a great interest in researching the ethical issues surrounding emerging technologies and epidemic ethics as well as the quality improvement of IRB’s services to ensure the protection of human subjects in health research. He is currently one of the faculty members for the Master of Health Research Ethics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Lastly, Dr Alex has a tremendous interest in medical humanities to shape future medical or healthcare providers who are creative, empathic, and intellectually adaptable. He is appointed as an affiliate member of the Academy Sciences of Malaysia (YSN-ASM) since 2020.
Alexander Atrio L. Lopez is an Instructor in Philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman where he is also finishing his MA Philosophy thesis. From the same institution, he graduated BA Philosophy, summa cum laude. He also has a degree in BS Basic Medical Sciences from the University of the Philippines Manila. His research interests are ethics, philosophy of mind, and aesthetics. Contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexandra Belle S. Bernal, RN is a University Research Associate II (URAII) of the College of Nursing, University of the Philippines Manila. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the same higher education institution. She is currently pursuing her Master of Health Research Ethics degree at the Universiti Malaya, Malaysia – a collaborative master’s program conducted between the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya and the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics (with the scholarship support of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center). Prior to being a URAII, she served as a Senior Telehealth Nurse at the National Telehealth Center, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila, and as an Emergency Operating Room Nurse at the Philippine General Hospital-University of the Philippines Manila. Her research interests include nursing informatics, perioperative nursing, patient safety practices, and ethical conduct of health and health-related research. She aspires to instill in future undergraduate and graduate students an ethical and responsible research culture.
Doris R. Benavides, MD holds a Doctor of Medicine degree obtained from University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She completed her Residency Training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellowship Training in Gynecologic Oncology, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital. She also completed the didactic courses of Master of Science in Bioethics, University of the Philippines College of Medicine and College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, a Clinical Fellowship in Advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopy, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan; and was the First Filipino fellow of the APAGE (Asia-Pacific Association for Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Therapy) training program. She is Associate Professor 3, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of the Philippines College of Medicine and Philippine General Hospital. She is also the Panel Chair, University of the Philippines Manila Research Ethics Board (UPM-REB), Chair, Hospital Ethics Committee, Philippine General Hospital, Chair, Hospital Transplant Ethics Committee, St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City and President, Asia Oceania Research Organization on Genital Infections and Neoplasia – Philippines (AOGIN-RP) 2021-2022. She is a Fellow and Member of the Board of Trustees, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of the Philippines (SGOP).
Honey Libertine Achanzar-Labor is Professor 5 in the University of the Philippines Manila and Program Coordinator of its BA Philippine Arts – Cultural Heritage and Arts Management Program. She received her BA Humanities (Pre-Medicine track) degree from the University of the Philippines, completed the MS Medical Anthropology coursework, and has a doctorate in Philippine Studies from the Asian Center in the same university, with a dissertation anchored on Anthropology of Art. She is a regular member of her university’s Research Ethics Board (UPREB), and a UP Centennial and One UP Professorial Chair Awardee. She was also named as University Artist by the UP system under the lens of its Arts Productivity Program, acknowledging her contribution in creative research, publication, and promotion of cultural heritage. She also served as Director of UP Manila’s Office of Student Affairs from 2011-2014. Her research interests include Southeast Asian Art, Anthropology of Art, and Medical Anthropology. Her most recent publications include a chapter in the Scopus-indexed book Religious Tourism in Asia: Tradition and Change Through Case Studies (Oxford: CABI, 2018), and journal articles: “Calle Faura: Cultural Heritage Amidst Conflict in Ermita, Manila” in The Calle Faura Journal 2017; 7-9 (ISBN 2599-4298) and “The Ibaloi of Benguet as Active Agents in Health Negotiations” in Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development (2018). As a response to the Marawi siege, she convened the conference, The Lost and the Retrieved: Cultural Heritage Amidst Conflict in 2017 and is Founding Executive Director of The Faura Project, Inc.
Leander Penaso Marquez is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He currently holds a graduate degree in Philosophy and another one in Education. He has published a number of articles in local and international journals as well as presented some of his research papers in various conferences in Asia and Europe. He has facilitated trainings of teachers in the teaching of subjects such as “Introduction to the Philosophy of the Human Person” and “Trends, Networks, and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century Culture”. Incidentally, he has also authored a textbook on the latter under the same title. Leander sits as co-chair of the Bioethics Working Group of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Global Health Program (APRU-GHP). He is also serving as Junior Ambassador to the Philippines for the Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN). His research interests include Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophy for Children, Philosophy of Education, and Philosophy and Popular Culture.
Dr. Michael Antonio F. Mendoza is a dentist by profession. His research interests in public health and health policy has made him involved in consultancy work with different government agencies and developmental partners in the Philippines. As an Associate Professor from the Department of Community Dentistry of the College of Dentistry at the University of the Philippines Manila, he handles dental public health and research courses, and mentors dentistry students on their research projects.
Rose Anne is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Community Dentistry at the College of Dentistry of the University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila). She finished her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the same college, took up her Master of Public Health at the University of the Philippines Open University, and her Diploma in Health Professions Education at the National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions also at UP Manila. She teaches dental public health and research courses in the college, has been a Member-Secretary of Panel 5A (undergraduate research) of the University of the Phillipines Manila Research Ethics Board since 2016, and is also in the Interprofessional Education (IPE) core group of the Community Health and Development Program of UP Manila.