Governance of research involving people with mental health conditions

International guidelines provide principles and values to guide research with people who have mental health problems. However, obstacles remain for implementation at a national level and achieving an ideal governance framework. What are the challenges to ensuring people with mental health conditions have equitable access and opportunities to participate in research, and balancing protections to safeguard their rights and welfare? This seminar will explore three LMIC case studies and highlight the need for culturally sensitive mental health law and guidance and training for researchers and research ethics committees.

Chair: Ana Palmero, Ministry of Health, Argentina

Panel and presentations:
Margaret Ojeahere, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria
- Governance in bioethics and mental health research in Nigeria: Are we there yet?

Mercury Shitindo, St Paul's University, Kenya
- Strengthening research capacity in mental health research in low and middle- income countries

Haswira Nor, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
- Equity based research ethics governance model for the inclusion of people with mental health conditions in research

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