VOICE (HIV Open Call on Informed Consent and Ethics in Research)

The VOICE Summit

The purpose of the VOICE summit is to convene a diverse group of stakeholders in order to finalize a consensus statement on informed consent of adolescents and young adults (age 10-24) in HIV research studies in low- and middle-income countries. This summit extends the work of our prior project, the VOICE open call (HIV Open Call on Informed Consent and Ethics in Research). The meeting is co-hosted by the Bioethics Society of Nigeria and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research. This will be organized as a participatory event that will lift up ideas and people who are often at the margins of consensus making. In light of this, the meeting will be organized in-person with a WhatsApp thread to enhance participation from those who are not able to join in-person.



Invited Speakers

Dr. Annette Sohn

Annette Sohn is the Director of TREAT Asia and a Vice President of amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research in Bangkok, Thailand. She oversees the implementation of research, training, and community advocacy activities through a network of program partners across 13 Asia-Pacific countries. She is co-Chair of the WHO’s Global Validation Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B, and co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the International AIDS Society. She chairs the Executive Committee of the International Epidemiology Databases to Evaluate AIDS research consortium (IeDEA). Dr. Sohn did her pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases training at UCSF, where she is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Alice Armstrong

Alice Armstrong BScN, DTN, DTMH, MScIH is the adolescent and HIV specialist at the UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Region Office. With over a decade of experience in adolescent health and HIV policy and programming, working at country and global levels. Trained as a nurse practitioner in HIV and sexual and reproductive health, Alice has worked with adolescents in diverse clinical settings. For the past ten years, Alice has advocated for adolescent health and rights internationally and has made significant contributions to adolescent health policies, working with WHO, Global Fund, as well as community based groups and international NGOs. Alice holds a Master of Science Degree in international health, and her research has been published in numerous publications. She has led the development of key adolescent health documents, facilitated trainings in the region and globally and supported the development of tools all in an effort to drive the adolescent HIV and SRH agenda.

Michael Akanji

Michael Akanji works on human rights using the public health approach for Sexual minorities and a Sexual Health and Rights Advocate with over a decade experience on LGBTI issues and interventions in West Africa and trained in Peace and Conflict resolution with expertise in Intra personal Conflict. He has attended several pieces of training on Sexual Health and Rights advocacy; Population and Reproductive Health; Youth and Sexuality; Sexuality and Culture; Religion and Human Rights and key population programming, security, Research methodology among others and a trained paralegal with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and professional development training from the University of Washington in Public Health Policy and implementation Science.

Dr. Kola Oyedeji

Kolawole Solomon Oyedeji is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnosis with the University of Lagos. He is a Bioethicist/health research ethicist and a fellow of South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI). He is a trustee of the Bioethics Society of Nigeria and the Director, Center for Research Ethics and Bioethics Training, University of Lagos. He is the Chairman College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Health Research Ethics Committee and Vice Chairman of the University of Lagos, Research Ethics Committee. He is also the chairman of Initiative for Medical Diagnostic Awareness IMDA. Prof. kola Oyedeji is an experienced researcher having worked with Nigerian Institute of Medical Research for over 16 years before joining University of Lagos in 2013. Prof. Oyedeji combines expertise in both biomedical and behavioral sciences

Dr. Peter Godfrey-Faussett

Peter trained in clinical infectious diseases and worked as a junior doctor on the first dedicated HIV unit in London. He moved to Lusaka to lead a collaborative project between the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the University of Zambia Medical School. ZAMBART, as the project was named, is now an independent research NGO that conducts large scale cluster randomised trials on HIV and tuberculosis prevention. Peter has been associated with the LSHTM since 1989 and is now Emeritus Professor of International Health and Infectious Diseases. He has also worked for WHO, Global Fund and for the past ten years for UNAIDS, as the Science Adviser. In this role he led the process that resulted in the new guidance on Ethical Considerations for HIV Prevention Trials.

Dr. Morenike Ukpong

Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan is a Professor of Paediatric Dentistry with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Her research focus is on child and adolescent oral, mental, sexual and reproductive health. She also actively promotes translational research and bioethics that addresses the needs of the community where research is conducted.


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