Mentorship and Ethics in Global Health: Fostering Scientific Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research

Elizabeth A. Bukusi, Yukari C Manabe, Joseph R. Zunt

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Addressing ethical issues through mentorship is key to encouraging scientific integrity and increasing research capacity. Across the global health arena, mentorship requires helping mentees understand and negotiate the regulatory aspects of research-which can substantially differ even between countries with similar resources. Mentorship support spans across the research framework from obtaining ethical approval and ensuring scientific integrity, to determining authorship and disseminating study results-providing multiple opportunities to model ethical behavior for mentees. The power imbalances between the global north and south in accessing funding resources produce further challenges in setting the research agenda and for ensuring equity in the dissemination of research findings. Gender further complicates the aspiration for equity; the proportion of women in high administrative or research positions remains low. This study explores four specific mentoring case scenarios commonly encountered in the global health research field in low- and middle-income institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalThe American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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