Ethics Working Group


  • Support investigators with ethics questions in the development, review and/or validation of study protocols, informed consent forms, and other documents for COVID-19 studies.
  • Provide inputs to support wider ethics capacity building in the context of COVID-19 studies.

Current members

  • Cleo Albertus (Working Group Administrator) – University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Jennyfer Ambe – Capella University, USA
  • Caesar Atuire – University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Anant Bhan – Kasturba Medical College, India
  • Elizabeth Bukusi – KEMRI, Kenya
  • Phaik Yeong Cheah – Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, University of Oxford, Thailand
  • Leonardo de Castro – University of the Philippines, Philippines
  • Jantina de Vries (Working Group Co-chair) – University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Deborah Dinez – University of Brasilia, Brazil
  • Sarah Edwards – University College London, UK
  • Rita H Giacaman – Birzeit University, Palestine
  • Dorcas Kamuya – KEMRI WELLCOME Trust Programme, Kenya
  • Patricia Kingori – Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, UK
  • Katherine Littler (Working Group Observer) – WHO, Switzerland
  • Vicki Marsh (Working Group Co-chair) – KEMRI WELLCOME Trust Programme, UK
  • Cheryl Cox Macpherson – St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada
  • Elysee Nouvet – Western University, Canada
  • Ricardo Palacios – Instituto Butantan, Brazil
  • Michael Parker – Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, UK
  • Sofia Salas – Universidad del Desarollo, Chile
  • Paulina Tindana – University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Aissatou Toure – Pasteur Institute Dakar, Senegal
  • Wangari Waweru Siika – Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya
  • Katharine Wright – Nuffield Council on Bioethics, UK

WATCH: Interview on the importance of ethics when conducting research on COVID-19 with Dr Aissatou Touré (Ethics Working Group member and Director of the Alliance pour la Recherche et l’Ethique en Afrique)

If you are a researcher who would like to submit a query to one of the working groups, please email with the name of the working group in your subject heading.


Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Ethics Network (PHEPREN)

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