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February 3, 2015

International Research Ethics Education

Author Affiliations
  • 1Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 2Department of Bioethics, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA. 2015;313(5):461-462. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.203

Nearly 20 years ago, a series of trials evaluating short-course zidovudine for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) provoked global controversy when the sponsors were accused of ethical double standards—conducting research on vulnerable developing country populations that would not be permitted in high-income countries.1 Following this controversy, and responding to underrepresentation of developing countries in these debates, the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a grants program to support masters-level, socioculturally relevant training in research ethics in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).