CIDRZ Deputy CEO, Dr Izukanji Sikazwe, member of the Vanderbilt Institute of Research Development and Ethics (VIRDE) Class of 2014

Dr Izukanji Sikazwe: front row, third from left

Dr Izukanji Sikazwe: front row, third from left

This past September 2014, CIDRZ Deputy CEO Dr Zuzu Sikazwe was one of twelve senior medical and public health professionals from Ghana and Zambia who attended the Vanderbilt Institute of Research Development and Ethics (VIRDE) hosted by Vanderbilt University in the U.S. under the direction of Professor Dr Sten Vermund.

The one-month long course provided intensive training in research development and productivity intended to further develop the necessary skills to conduct responsible human subjects research. Each trainee was matched with a Faculty Mentor who shepherded them through the grant development process leading to preparation of a grant proposal ready for submission. Dr Sikazwe also completed coursework in research ethics and research integrity taught by the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.

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