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Western Medical Research in Other Cultures: African Ethicist to Address Challenges

The challenges of adopting industrialized Western world medical research in non-Western areas in the face of epidemics such as Ebola and HIV/AIDS will be explored in an upcoming Duquesne University David F. Kelly Bioethics Lectures program.

Dr. Godfrey B. Tangwa, founder and chairperson of the Cameroon Bioethics Initiative, will present Western Medical Research in Non-Western Contexts: Questions, Imperatives and Challenges, on Thursday, April 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the Africa Room of the Duquesne Union. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Tangwa, a recently retired professor and former head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Yaounde I Cameroon, will draw illustrations from the HIV/AIDS and Ebola virus epidemics in Africa in a discussion of some ethical imperatives, questions and challenges of placing industrialized Western world medical research in non-Western contexts, such as sub-Saharan Africa.

Western Medical Research in Non-Western Contexts, which is sponsored by Duquesne's Center for Healthcare Ethics in cooperation with the University's Center for African Studies, is free and open to the public. It is part of the David F. Kelly Bioethics Lectures program, which draws prominent national and international scholars to Duquesne each semester to discuss current and emerging bioethics topics. The series was established to provide ethics leadership on the crucial issues in health care today.

For more information, contact Glory Smith at 412.396.4504 or visit the center's website, www.duq.edu/chce.

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