Increasing Capacity to Achieve
Millennium Development Goal # 6 in Honduras:
Combating Infectious Diseases
 

Global Health Leadership Awards, GHLA
“Strengthening Capacities in Research Ethics in Honduras”

Becas para el Liderazgo en Salud Global
“Fortaleciendo Capacidades en Ética en la Investigación en Honduras”


Recent Events/Actividades Recientes


June 21, 2012

GHLA and Teasdale-Corti project organized the Second Honduran Meeting of Research Ethics Board. Dr. Michelle McGinn, Professor, Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, Brock University, was invited as international speaker and facilitator.

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April 23, 2012

Dr. Vilma Espinoza successfully defended her thesis "Situation Analysis of Research Ethics Boards for Health Research in Honduras" and earned the degree of master in Public Health, awarded by the Faculty of Health Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Honduras.


February 24, 2012

GHLA and Teasdale-Corti projects organized the First Honduran Meeting of Research Ethics Boards. 30 REB members from Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and Santa Rosa de Copan representing 70% of Honduran REBs membership participated in the meeting. Dr. Sergio Litewka, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Ethics Programs, was invited as an international speaker and facilitator.

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November 13-17, 2011

Dr. Vilma Espinoza participated in the 2011 Global Health Conference, Montreal, Canada.

She presented the poster: Espinoza V, Rodriguez E, and Sanchez A "Status of Ethics Review Boards in Honduras". Global Health Conference. Montreal November 13-15, 2011.

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October 8, 2011

Dr. Vilma Espinoza and the Directorate for Scientific Research of UNAH organized the Research Ethics Seminar: "Social Value of Research: current trends". As an international speaker was invited Dr. Dan Malleck, Associated Professor, Brock University.

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September 8-9, 2011

Dr. Vilma Espinoza participated in the workshop title: "Research Ethics Policies and Scientific Integrity in Latin American" in Lima, Peru.

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September 5-11, 2010

Dr. Vilma Espinoza organized and participated a follow up Outcome Mapping workshop delivered by Kaia Ambrose in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The purpose of the workshop was to develop and implement Outcome Mapping methodology to GHLA project


June 29 - July 1, 2010

In the framework of VI National Congress of Microbiology "Dr. Ana Lourdes Sanchez", Dr. Vilma Espinoza presented the conference "General Aspects on Research Ethics"


June 15, 2010

Dr. Vilma Espinoza organized the workshop "Research Ethics and Bioethics" to health professionals of National Autonomous University of Honduras - Valle de Sula (UNAH-VS)

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May 5-6, 2010

Dr. Vilma Espinoza organized a two-day workshop on ethics in research and teaching, addressing a diverse audience of university faculty members at UNAH, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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March, 2010

MEIZ Research Ethics board held several meetings to review case studies and discuss the board’s internal guidelines.

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February, 2010

Dr. Vilma Espinoza was colleting research data in several areas of Honduras (Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and Santa Rosa de Copan) conducting a situation analysis of research ethics board for health research in the country.

December 10-12, 2009

MEIZ-REB members (Judith Bulnes, Eduardo Bravo, Doris Quan, Deisi Gallardo, Jorge Valle, Arnoldo Zelaya, Carmen Santos y Mitzi Castro), Dr. Vilma Espinoza, Dr. Karla Cruz and Dr. Maritza Canales participated in the workshop entitled: "Drafting of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Research Ethics Board". The workshops were delivered by:


1. Dr. Luis López, member of the Latin American Forum of Ethics Committees in Health Research and professor of Research Centre of the Health Sciences (FLACEIS), Faculty of Medicine, University of San Carlos, Guatemala, and.
2. Dr. José María del Valle Catalán, Ethics expert and ex-coordinator of Clinical Trials of Ministry of Health, Guatemala.

This workshop was held in Guatemala city, Dec 10-12, 2009. See full report in Spanish.


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For more information about FLACEIS (the Latin American Forum of Ethics Committees in Health Research) visit: http://www.flaceis.org

November 15-20, 2009

Dr. Vilma Espinoza, GHLA Project Principal Investigator and MEIZ Ethics Officer attended the 2nd Global Health Leadership Awardees (GHLA) Meeting on November 15-16 held within the framework of the 2009 Global Forum for Health Research on November 16-20 in Havana, Cuba

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Dr. Espinoza was enterviewed by IDRC staff
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Dr. Espinoza and others GHLA awardees

October 23 2009

Dr. Vilma Espinoza held an information meeting with the Microbiology School's faculty members to discuss the structure and functions of the Research Ethics Board (CEI-MEIZ).

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September 4, 2009

Dr. Dan Malleck, Associate Professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Brock University met with the members of MEIZ Research Ethics Committee to share experiences about the role of Research Ethics Committee at Brock University and in Canada.

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September 3, 2009

Dr. Dan Malleck, Associate Professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Brock University, travelled to Honduras to deliver a workshop on research ethics at the Microbiology Department, UNAH.


September 2, 2009

Dr. Dan Malleck, Associate Professor of the Department of Community Health Sciences, Brock University, travelled to Honduras to deliver a workshop on problem-based learning at the Microbiology Department, UNAH.


July 31, 2009

The Research Ethics Committee for the Masters Program in Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases participated was sworn-in in a formal ceremony hosted by Dr Vilma Espinoza.

See full report of the ceremony.

April 30 and May 15, 2009

Dr. Vilma Espinoza, GHLA Project Principal Investigator and MEIZ Ethics Officer, Dr. Karla Cruz Research Assistant, and the members of the Research Ethics Committee of the Masters Program held a Workshop to draft the Committee's Action Plan. The activity took place on April 30, and May 15, 2009.

La Dra. Vilma Espinoza, Investigadora Principal del Proyecto GHLA y Oficial de Ética del MEIZ, la Dra. Karla Cruz, Asistente de Investigación y los miembros del Comité de Ética de Investigación del MEIZ (Maestría en Enfermedades Infecciosas y Zoonóticas de la Escuela de Microbiología, UNAH), realizaron el Taller para la Elaboración del Plan de Acción del Comité de Ética de Investigación del Postgrado en Enfermedades Infecciosas y Zoonóticas (MEIZ), en dos jornadas el 30 de Abril y el 15 de Mayo, 2009.

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Maritza Canales (standing), facilitator of workshop with Deisi Gallardo and Carmen Santos, members of the Research Ethics Committee (April 30 and May 15)
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Vilma Espinoza (standing) with members of the Research Ethics Committee (from left: Eduardo Bravo, Doris Quan and Arnoldo Zelaya, (April 30 and May 15)

April 2-3, 2009

Dr Espinoza organized a Workshop to discuss the Roles, Responsibilities and Internal Processes of Research Ethics Committee

La Dra. Espinoza organizó el Taller de Capacitación “Funcionamiento de los Comité de Ética de Investigación” para los miembros del Comité de Ética de Investigación del Postgrado MEIZ.

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From left: Research Ethics Board members Deisi Gallardo and Arnoldo Zelaya with Luis Lopez, an ethics expert from University of San Carlos de Guatemala, and member of Latin American Forum of Ethics Committees in Health Research (FLACEIS) (April 2, 3)
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Vilma Espinoza Ethics Officer (in yellow) and Doris Quan, Research Ethics Board member, during the workshop (April 2, 3)

March 27, 2009

Dr. Vilma Espinoza, GHLA Project Principal Investigator and MEIZ Ethics Officer and Dr. Karla Cruz Research Assistant, organized an Introductory Meeting for the Research Ethics Board members. The importance of research ethics and research ethics committees' roles and responsibilities were discussed during this meeting.

La Dra. Vilma Espinoza, Investigadora Principal del Proyecto GHLA y Oficial de Ética del MEIZ, la Dra. Karla Cruz, Asistente de Investigación organizaron una Jornada de Socialización del Comité de Ética de Investigación del Postgrado en Enfermedades Infecciosas y Zoonóticas (MEIZ). Durante el mismo, se presentaron los miembros Comité de Ética de Investigación y se discutieron la importancia de la ética de investigación en salud y la función de los comités de ética

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Vilma Espinoza leading a discussion during the Introductory Meeting with members of the Research Ethics Committee (March 27)
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From left: Research Ethics Committee members Eduardo Bravo, Mitzi Castro and Doris Quan during the Introductory Meeting (March 27).