South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
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Ethics

The mandate of the Ethics Committee
All intramural research conducted by the MRC on humans has to be reviewed by the Ethics Committee. Currently, multi-site and collaborative research also has to be reviewed by the Ethics Committees of any other institutions that are involved, e.g. universities.

The Ethics Committee’s terms of reference are determined by national research ethics guidelines, as documented by the Department of Health in their “Ethics in health research: principles, processes and structures”, second edition, 2015.

Federal wide assurance (FWA) number of the MRC Ethics Committee
The MRC Ethics Committee is registered as an institutional review board (IRB) with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of the USA Dept of Health and Human Services; IRB organisation identifier: IRB00001569. The Medical Research Council's unique Assurance Number is FWA00002753, and the unique Organisation Number is IORG0001163 as well as OLAWA5726-01.

   


Contact details: Ms A Labuschagne
(Secretariat)
Ethics Office
Tel: (021) 938-0687
E-mail: Adri.Labuschagne@mrc.ac.za
Meeting dates (click to view)

2017

Closing date for submissions for scientific review Closing date for submissions to the Ethics Office Meeting date
16 October 6 November 27 November 

2018

Closing date for submissions for scientific review Closing date for submissions to the Ethics Office Meeting date
12 January 5 February 22 February
9 February 6 March 27 March  
9 March 3 April 20 April
13 April 7 May 28 May
11 May 5 June 26 June
15 June 10 July 31 July
13 July 6 August 27 August
10 August 4 September 25 September
14 September 9 October 30 October 
12 October 5 November 22 November 
  1. All applications to the Ethics Committee must have gone through scientific review first. Please allow enough time prior to the above meeting submission dates for this review process; the deadlines for submission for scientific review are indicated above. These deadlines will be strictly enforced and NO exceptions will be allowed. The scientific process entails identifying reviewers, allowing them enough time to review, responding to their comments, and asking them to approve changes made in response to their reviews. The time this takes is dependent on reviewers’ availability.
  2. When a protocol is submitted for scientific review, it must have an accompanying letter from the applicant’s Unit Director or another senior scientist in the unit, stating that they are satisfied with the protocol. PhD studies must have approval from the relevant university postgraduate committee. Please complete the submission form and submit it with the protocol. Email protocols for scientific review to Adri Labuschagne
  3. Documents for new applications must be final, i.e. without track changes, and submitted as one unbound hard copy. Responses after meetings, on the other hand, must be submitted with track changes to make it clear to the Committee where changes have been made.

 

Committee members

Prof K MoodleyProf K Moodley (Chairperson)
Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Stellenbosch University
7505 TYGERBERG
Tel: 021-938-9600; E-mail: km@sun.ac.za

Keymanthri Moodley is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. In 2017, she was appointed Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. Keymanthri is a family physician and a bioethicist. In 2013 she was rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as an established researcher based on her numerous national and international publications, conference presentations, her role on national bodies like the MRC Board and the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) and her involvement in international organisations -  the WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS) and NIH DSMBs. She has worked as principal investigator on clinical trials since 1999, and served on the University Research Ethics Committee. The Centre has been designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics by the World Health Organisation, one of seven in the world and the first on the African continent. The main activities of the Centre include bioethics teaching, empirical research in bioethics and clinical ethics consultation. Since 2011, Keymanthri has co-hosted an NIH Fogarty program to develop capacity in Health Research Ethics in Africa in collaboration with the Bioethics Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. The program has graduated 40 postgraduate scholars from 10 African countries over the past 4 years. In 2013 she was awarded a second NIH grant to examine the ethical and social issues associated with HIV Cure research. In 2015 the Centre was awarded its third NIH grant to explore ethical, legal and social issues related to genomic biobanking. Keymanthri is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. She is currently Chair of the MRC REC. In 2017 she was awarded her 4th NIH grant to develop a doctoral program in Clinical and Research Ethics – the first NIH funded program of its kind in Africa. She has recently been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

Dr L NairDr L Nair
Desmond Tutu HIV Research Centre
University of Cape Town
Tel.: 021-406-6966; E-mail: Lulu.Nair@hiv-research.org.za

Dr Lulu Nair is a clinician by training and has been involved in HIV related clinical trials since 2002. She has experience in all aspects of the conduct of clinical trials, having been involved in all steps of the research process from conception to proposal development, to protocol writing and data collection and analysis.  Dr Nair has been involved as a senior research clinician in HIV/TB treatment trials and since 2010 in Microbicide trials as a site PI, IoR or protocol chair.  More recently, her focus has been on adolescent HIV prevention research.  She is currently the CRS leader at the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre - Emavundleni Clinical Research Site affiliated to the Clinical Trials Unit of the   University of Cape Town.  She is currently a member of the ethics committee of the South African Medical Research Council and served previously as a committee member of the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Ms Sumaya BehardienMs Sumaya Behardien
Legal Services
SAMRC Cape Town
Tel.: 021-938-0657
Email: sumaya.behardien@mrc.ac.za

Ms Sumaya Behardien completed her LLB (Law) degree within 4 years at the University of the Western Cape at the end of 2004. Interested in working in the community in which she grew up, she commenced her legal career as a Candidate Attorney at Legal Aid South Africa, stationed at Atlantis Magistrates Court and provided legal representation to indigent persons. She continued her legal career at a private law firm (practising in the same region) to further her professional development and gain experience in a broader sphere of law however, she continued to provide pro bono legal assistance to many indigent persons.  Ms Behardien was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in April 2007 and as a Conveyancer and a Notary Public shortly thereafter. With a keen interest in the public sector, Ms Behardien gained experience as a Public Prosecutor at the National Prosecuting Authority from 2011 to 2013.  She continued her career in the public sector at the Western Cape Government, as a State Law Advisor until February 2016. During March 2016, Ms Behardien visited the United States on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the US Judicial System for which she was nominated by the US Consulate, Cape Town. Currently, she is a Senior Legal Advisor at the South African Medical Research Council, which is a National Public Entity.  She also serves as a Tutor to law students at UNISA. As a legal professional for more than 12 years, Ms Behardien has made a conscientious effort to broaden her horizons in the legal profession and had the privilege of having worked in both the public & private legal sector. Her preference however, is the public sector.

Dr S OlorunjuDr S Olorunju
Biostatistics Unit
SAMRC Pretoria
Tel: (012) 339 8553 / 072 592 8427
E-mail: steve.olorunju@mrc.ac.za

Dr Steve Olorunju of the Biostatistics Unit, SAMRC Pretoria, is a Biostatistician/Applied Statistician by training. He lectured in the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, from 1977- 1994. He was employed in one of the Research Institutes affiliated with Ahmadu Bello University where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Statistics (Experimental designs, Distribution Theory, Multivariate Analysis and Regressions analyses). He collaborated with Researchers engaged with WHO research (Impact of use of Mefloquine in Pregnant women in Kaduna State, Nigeria-Clinical Trial) and Cross-Sectional Survey of Methods used for family Practice among the Women in Kaduna State, Nigeria. (1988-1991). Dr Olorunju was National Technical Adviser of National Data Bank of Agriculture with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO/UN) 1992 /98. He was also Consulting Statistician to a Team of Scientists working on a German Foundation World Population (WHO) Sponsored Project (Rapid Assessment on the Reproductive Health in Zaria and Lere LGAs, Kaduna State, Nigeria, 2000/2001). The German Foundation for World Population sponsored the project for Rotary International. Dr Olorunju served on the Board of Research in Some Faculties of Ahmadu Bello University (1994- 2003). Dr Olorunju served on the Faculty of Health Main Ethics Committee for 12 years (Statistician on the team). He also served of CSIR Ethics Committee for 6 years (Statistician on the team). Dr Olorunju assists researchers/students with their study designs and the relevant statistical tools on protocol development. His collaboration and involvement in intra- and extramural units of MRC involves undertaking the statistical analyses of such studies. He assists with the interpretation of the findings after the statistical analysis, and co-supervises student projects/research at BSc; MSc; MMED & PhD levels at the Faculty of Health Sciences in UP, Wits, Northwest University (Mafikeng), TUT, Sefako Makgato University. He is also involved in mentoring Junior Statisticians and teaching of researchers. Dr Olorunju collaborates with International Research Teams on Hemophilia Study in the Sub-Saharan Regions (South Africa, Algeria, India, Malaysia and Ethiopia).

Prof D du Toit Prof D du Toit
Head: Department of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
Tshwane University of Technology
Tel: (012) 382-6306/082-908-2493
E-mail: dutoitd@tut.ac.za

Daniel Du Toit is currently Professor and the Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Science, Tshwane University of Technology.  He is in possession of a PhD in Physiology (Human Reproduction) and has been head of this department since 1997. He has been appointed on various Committees by the Minister of Health in the past 15 years.  He was the chairperson of the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Ethics Committee and Animal Ethics Committee from 2002 to 2016.  He was also a member of the MRC Ethics Committee and Animal Ethics Committee from 1998 to 2002.  Daniel was appointed as chairperson of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) since 2006 until August 2016. He served on the Board of the MRC form 1998 till 2003 and again from 2008 till 2010. He also serves as a Board member of the African Clinical research organization (ACRO) and chair the Ethics and Social committee of ACRO. Daniel was the founder of the Senate Ethics Committee of Tshwane University of Technology and chaired that committee.  He was until recently chairperson of the Faculty of Science Ethics Committee and a member of the Faculty of Sciences Higher Degree Committee at Tshwane University of Technology. He studied ethics at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities in the United States of America and attended the IRENSA courses at the Bio-Ethics Centre of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He have participated in the research programmes of the University of Pretoria, MRC and the Tshwane University of Technology and was actively involved in producing 17 master and 9 doctoral students and managing research in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Tshwane University of Technology. Daniel was recently appointed as a task team member by ASSAF to investigate the status of Biosafety and Biosecurity in South Africa. A document to this regard has recently been launched by ASSAF. He has published 45 papers in national and international accredited journals and presented more than161 papers and posters on national and international level.

Dr Shahnaaz SufflaDr Shahnaaz Suffla
Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit
SAMRC Cape Town
Tel.: 021-9380896
Email: shahnaaz.suffla@mrc.ac.za

 

Shahnaaz Suffla is a specialist scientist at the South African Medical Research Council-University of South Africa Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit, and Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa. Her research interests draw from the intersections of critical community and peace psychologies, and are located within liberatory philosophies and epistemologies. Her thinking and scholarship is influenced by the vision of research as a transforming and humanising enterprise. Her niche areas are conflict, violence and peace, and participatory methodologies. Specifically, her research interests include a focus on peace promotion interventions in contexts of structural violence; participatory engagement as a site of activism, resistance and social change; and Africa-centred approaches to violence and peace research, and is placed within several local, regional and international level research partnerships. Shahnaaz has numerous publications in her areas of interest, including journal articles and co-edited books, and has presented her work at both national and international conferences. She has served on the advisory and scientific committees of national, regional and international conferences. She is an editorial team member for select journals within psychology and public health, including Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Community Psychology in Global Perspective and African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Violence and Injury Prevention. Shahnaaz holds membership of several committees within her research areas and discipline. She serves as supervisor to several Masters and doctoral students, and also provides supervision and mentorship to junior staff in her unit. Shahnaaz is furthermore involved in a number of critically-oriented teaching, training and development initiatives related to her areas of interest. Shahnaaz’s academic contributions and imaginations are situated within and supported by the work of a collective of critical scholars within her unit.

Ms N Morar Ms N Morar
HIV Prevention Research Unit
SAMRC Durban Westville
Tel: 031-242-3600 / 082-447-0389
E-mail: neetha.morar@mrc.ac.za

 

Neetha is the Senior Research Manager of the HIV Prevention Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She is a trained social worker with a Masters in Medical Science. Her research interests focuses on understanding the social context and acceptability of women initiated HIV prevention methods. She manages the Research and Community Engagement Department within all of the NIH-funded trials at the Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) and non-NIH funded studies of the HPRU. She has experience in dissemination of research results to the communities and stakeholders for several microbicide clinical trials, where community members and trial participants were the voices of the research outcome. She is the PI for the Implementation and Evaluation of a Peer Education Programme in Communities and for the Nanofiber Fabric Pilot Study: Acceptability of a Multi-Prevention Technology (MPT) Delivery System. She has served on a number of committees such as the MRC/info4africa KZN Community Forum, MTN representative on HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) Community Partners group, MTN Working Group, and HVTN Southern Africa Social & Behavioural Working Group.

Dr Y SikweyiyaDr Y Sikweyiya
Deputy Chairperson
Gender & Health Research Unit
SAMRC Pretoria
Tel: 012-339-8619 / 076 365 6169
E-mail: yandisa@sikweyiya@mrc.ac.za

Yandisa Sikweyiya is a Specialist Scientist in the Gender and Health Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). He has worked at the SAMRC for close to 15 years. Yandisa holds a Master’s in Public Health degree from Umea University in Sweden. In 2006 (May to October) he was a Fellow in the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI), then jointly offered by the Universities of Pretoria and KwaZulu-Natal. He obtained his PhD (Public Health) from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a member of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC).

Prof NK Morojele Prof NK Morojele
Deputy Director: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit
SAMRC Pretoria
Tel: 012-339-8535
E-mail: neo.morojele@mrc.ac.za

Prof Neo Morojele is a Chief Specialist Scientist and the Deputy Director of the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand as well as in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town. She received her first degree in Psychology at the University of Zimbabwe in 1985, an MSc (Psychology of Education) at the Institute of Education of the University of London in 1988, and a PhD in Psychology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom, in 1994. During 1998-1999 she spent one year at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York on a NIDA/INVEST postdoctoral programme. Prof Morojele has experience in conducting substance abuse research in treatment, school, bar, hospital and community settings. Her current research focuses mainly on alcohol use and HIV; adolescent substance use; and alcohol policy-related investigations. She is the Associate Editor for Africa for the Journal of Substance Use; an Associate Editor of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies; and a Consulting Editor of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research. Prof Morojele is a member of the WHO Expert Working Group on the Classification of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders of the International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders.

Prof Jerome SinghProf Jerome Singh
CAPRISA, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine
University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal; 4041 Durban
Tel.: 031-260-4473
E-mail: singhj9@ukzn.ac.za

Jerome Amir Singh (BA, LLB, LLM, MHSc, PhD) is Head of Ethics and Law at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). He is also Adjunct Professor in the division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Sciences, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto, Canada, and Course Director for Bioethics and the Law, at Howard College School of Law, UKZN. He is the Principal Investigator / Director of the Ethical, Legal, Social, and Cultural Issues (ELSCI) Program on Synthetic Biology, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has previously served as a Senior Consultant to the Ethical, Social, and Cultural Program on Global Health, St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada, which advised the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on ethical, social, cultural, and regulatory issues. Before then, he served as the Co-Director of the Ethical, Social, and Cultural Issues Advisory Services to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative. He has served as an ad hoc consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), UNAIDS, TDR, and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). He is the Co-Chair of the US NIH’s HIV Prevention Trial Network's (HPTN) Ethics Working Group and a member of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Technical Task Team on Ensuring Protection of Human Rights and Improving Access to Justice. He currently serves on several bodies, including the International Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Research Ethics Committee of the South African Human Sciences Research Council, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Aurum Institute of Health Research. He also serves as a member of the Critical Path for TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) Advisory Panel and as a Special Advisor to the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee of the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine. He has previously served as a member of the World Health Organisation's Ethics Task Force on TB Management, the US NIH's African Data and Safety Monitoring Board, and as a consultant to the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). He has served as a member of the South African Law Reform Commission's statutory law revision project (Redundancy, obsoleteness and constitutionality of health legislation) and is an elected Founding Member, and two-term Co-Chair of the South African Young Academy of Science.

Biobanking Subcommittee

Prof K MoodleyProf K Moodley (Chairperson)
Centre for Medical Ethics and Law
Stellenbosch University
7505 TYGERBERG
Tel: 021-938-9600
E-mail: km@sun.ac.za

Keymanthri Moodley is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University. In 2017, she was appointed Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. Keymanthri is a family physician and a bioethicist. In 2013 she was rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF) as an established researcher based on her numerous national and international publications, conference presentations, her role on national bodies like the MRC Board and the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) and her involvement in international organisations -  the WHO, International AIDS Society (IAS) and NIH DSMBs. She has worked as principal investigator on clinical trials since 1999, and served on the University Research Ethics Committee. The Centre has been designated as a Collaborating Centre in Bioethics by the World Health Organisation, one of seven in the world and the first on the African continent. The main activities of the Centre include bioethics teaching, empirical research in bioethics and clinical ethics consultation. Since 2011, Keymanthri has co-hosted an NIH Fogarty program to develop capacity in Health Research Ethics in Africa in collaboration with the Bioethics Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA. The program has graduated 40 postgraduate scholars from 10 African countries over the past 4 years. In 2013 she was awarded a second NIH grant to examine the ethical and social issues associated with HIV Cure research. In 2015 the Centre was awarded its third NIH grant to explore ethical, legal and social issues related to genomic biobanking. Keymanthri is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa and completed an Executive MBA in 2015. She is currently Chair of the MRC REC. In 2017 she was awarded her 4th NIH grant to develop a doctoral program in Clinical and Research Ethics – the first NIH funded program of its kind in Africa. She has recently been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

Prof Michèle RamsayProf Michèle Ramsay (PhD)    
SBIMB Director / SARChI in Bioinformatics and Genomics of African Populations / Prof in Human Genetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
Tel.: 0117176635 / 073 647 2726  
Email: michele.ramsay@wits.ac.za

Director of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) and Professor in the Division of Human Genetics, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg. Her research interests include African population genetic and epigenetic diversity and their role in diseases exacerbated by adverse lifestyle choices, including obesity, cardiometabolic diseases. She participates in genetic research into rare eye, skin and autoimmune diseases in African populations, including albinism, keratolytic witer erythema, glaucoma, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. She is Principal Investigator of an NIH funded Collaborative Centre under the H3Africa Consortium for “Genomic and environmental risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases in Africans”, holds a Research Chair on Genomics and Bioinformatics of African populations and is President of the African Society for Human Genetics.

Ms Anita KleinsmidtMs Anita Kleinsmidt
Juta Law
P O Box 14373 Lansdowne 7779
Tel: 021 659 2300

Email: kleinsmidt@gmail.com

Anita Kleinsmidt completed a National Diploma in Radiography at Somerset Hospital and went on to work at Tygerberg, Kimberley, Charlotte Maxeke hospitals in SA, and at Windhoek and Katutura hospitals in Namibia. She then changed track and completed her BA (UWC), LLB and LLM (Wits), and PGDip Applied Ethics (cum laude) at Stellenbosch. She practised as an attorney in Johannesburg at various law firms, and also at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (Wits), conducting public impact litigation on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS. She lectured medical law and bioethics at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at Wits Medical School. She is currently a legal publisher at Juta Law publishers in Cape Town.

Prof Ambroise WonkamProf Ambroise Wonkam
Medical geneticist
Division of Human Genetics
University of Cape Town
Tel.: 0214066307
Email: ambroise.wonkam@uct.ac.za

Prof Ambroise Wonkam is a specialist medical geneticist, in the Division of Human Genetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa. After a MD training from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon), he completed a thesis in Cell Biology in the department of Morphology, University of Geneva (Switzerland) and a PhD in Human Genetics (University of Cape Town, South Africa).  Other salient aspects of Prof Wonkam’s background include his education as a medical geneticist at a highly reputable genetics department in Geneva (Switzerland). He subsequently practices medical genetics in both European and African contexts. His research interests are reflected in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, which are in molecular, clinical, educational and ethical aspects of medical and human genetics. His research focuses on: 1) Psychosocial Burden and Genomics modifiers of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD); 2) Genetics of hearing loss, and 3) Ethical and educational Issues in human genetics in Africa. His is member of the steering committee of H3Africa consortium, leading specifically the NIH/NHGRI funded SCD project. He has recently been granted from NIH/NHLBI 3.7m USD, to establish a Sickle Africa Data Coordinating Centre (SADaCC), at the University of Cape Town that will work collaboratively with a sister consortium (Sickle Pan African Network, SPARCo) to develop various studies in Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana. He was awarded the 2003 Denber-Pinard Prize for the best thesis from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, and won the very competitive Clinical Genetics Society International Award for 2014, from the British Society of Genetic Medicine. Prof Wonkam is secretary of the African Society of Human Genetics, Board member of the International Federation of Human Genetics Societies, council member of Human Genome Organization, steering committee’s member of the Global Genetic Medicine Collaborative (G2MC). 

Prof Johann SchneiderProf Johann Schneider
Division of Anatomical Pathology /
PI: Sub Saharan Africa Regional Biospecimen Repository http://acsr.ucsf.edu  
Stellenbosch University
Tel.: 021 9384041 / 0825790273
Email: jws2@sun.ac.za

Johann Schneider, MBChB, MMed (Anat Path), FCPath (SA) – Principal investigator: Sub Saharan Africa Regional Biospecimen Repository (SSA RBR)
Johann Schneider is an anatomical pathologist and professor and head of the Division of Anatomical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and National Health Laboratory Service at Tygerberg Academic Hospital. He has an interest in biobanking, dermatopathology and HIV/AIDS related malignancies. Through his collaboration with the AIDS and Cancer Specimen  Resource (ACSR) since 2009 he has gained experience and knowledge regarding best practices related to biobanking,  the operation of a biobank, and the science of biobanking. Following a successful application in 2013, he became the principal investigator of the NCI-supported Aids Malignancy Consortium (AMC) and ACSR Sub Saharan Africa Regional Biospecimen Repository, which is located at Tygerberg Hospital. His research focuses on issues that are relevant to South Africa and Africa, including cutaneous tuberculosis and HIV-related malignancies such as Kaposi’s sarcoma.

 

Guideline documents

The five guideline booklets were produced between 2002-2004 by the MRC. They will not be revised in view of the fact that the National Health Research Ethics Council of the Department of Health has produced research guidelines for the country as listed below. These five booklets are outdated and should only be consulted as background information.

Arrow Book 1 (pdf format, 272 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in Medical Research: General Principles.
Arrow Book 2 (pdf format, 208 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in Reproductive Biology and Genetic Research.
Arrow

Book 3 (pdf format, 250 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in the Use of Animals in Research.

Arrow Book 4 (pdf format, 119 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in the Use of Biohazards and Radiation.
Arrow Book 5 (pdf format, 308 kb)
Guidelines on Ethics in HIV Vaccine Trials.
Submission documents

Supporting documents

Research Integrity

Ethics Committee for Research on Animals (ECRA)

Contact details of Secretariat: Ms Amanda Sickle, Tel: +27 21 938 0832; Email: amanda.sickle@mrc.ac.za

Meeting and Submission dates 2018

Closing date for submissions for scientific review

Closing date for submissions to the Ethics Office

Meeting date

12 January 5 February 22 February

Email applications for scientific review to charon.devilliers@mrc.ac.za

Email applications for submission to amanda.sickle@mrc.ac.za

ECRA Members

Prof D du Toit
Head: Dept of Biomedical Science
Faculty of Health Sciences
Tshwane University of Technology
Private Bag X680
PRETORIA
0001

012-318 6265
082 908 2493

dutoitd@tut.ac.za

Ms Erika Vercuiel
National Inspector
Research Ethics Unit
National Council of SPCA’s
PO Box 1320
ALBERTON
1450

011-907 3590/1/2/3
079 879 9043

animalethics@nspca.co.za

Dr Christo Muller
BRIP
SAMRC
PO Box 19070
TYGERBERG
7505

021-938 0824

christo.muller@mrc.ac.za

Prof Barbara Huisamen
Dept Medical Physiology & Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine
University of Stellenbosch
PO Box 19063
TYGERBERG
7505

021-938 9252
083 454 8784

bh3@sun.ac.za

Dr Willemien van Wyk
Veterinarian: Kenridge Animal Hospital
Exotic Animal Hospital at Panorama

082 7885 590

vanwykwillemien@gmail.com

Dr Gift Chauke
Director: PUDAC
SAMRC
PO Box 19070
TYGERBERG
7505

021-938 0369

chesa.chauke@mrc.ac.za

Ms Heleen van der Westhuizen
Conservation Services
Western Region, Driftsands
MRC Complex
Brentwood Park

021-9559125
082 773 4278

hvdwesthyzen@capenature.co.za

Dr Liana Maree
Lecturer: Dept Medical Bioscience
University of the Western Cape

021-959 2917
083 556 1496

lmaree@uwc.ac.za

Submission documents

 
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