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12th Annual BSEC Forum

October 25, 2020, Virtual

​11th Annual Bioethics Forum

October 27, 2019, University if the West Indies, Barbados

​10th Annual Bioethics Forum

November 18, 2018, University of the West Indies, Trinidad

8th Annual Bioethics Forum

September 12 & 13, 2014, University of Technology, Jamaica

7th Annual Bioethics Forum

November 16, 2013, St. George's University, Grenada

6th Annual Bioethics Forum

November 18, 2012, University of the West Indies, Barbados

5th Annual Bioethics Forum

November 10, 2011, Ross University, Dominica

4th Annual Bioethics Forum

May 27, 2010, University of Guyana, Turkeyen

3rd Annual Bioethics Forum

June 5, 2009, Trinidad & Tobago

2nd Annual Bioethics Forum

October 11, 2008, St. George's University, Grenada

1st Annual Bioethics Forum

May 5, 2007, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Presidents Reports to the ABM

Publications of Interest

Member Accomplishments

The Executive of BSEC would like to congratulate the following members for their various accomplishments:  

Dr. Rosmond Adams
BSEC proudly congratulates its former Treasurer, Dr. Rosmond Adams, on his appointment to the post of Director of PANCAP, in service of the Caribbean!
Dr. Adams is a graduate of the Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative (CREEi), who was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the CREEi to complete a Masters in Bioethics at Clarkson University in the USA.  
 We wish him all the very best in his new endeavour!”

Dr. Donald Simeon, BSEC Treasurer
Congratulations to pioneering member and founding Treasurer, Prof. Donald Simeon, on his outstanding work and leadership over the past 2 years which led to The UWI St. Augustine Campus launching the Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development (CCHSRD) on Friday September 14, 2018!

The Centre is to be led by Prof. Simeon, and will fill a gap across our Caribbean region in the area of developmental research and policy around public health issues and challenges.  It will also align the UWI’s research agenda with the needs of the Caribbean people.

 Dr. Derrick Aarons, BSEC Past President
New Appointments:
2018 – 2021: Member – The International Bioethics Committee (IBC) – UNESCO
2018 –  Health Registrar & Head – The Health Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Turks & Caicos Islands
2018 – 2019:   Thesis Supervisor –  Masters in Bioethics, Clarkson University, New York, USA
2017:  Part-time Lecturer – Ethics in Business; Dept. of Management Studies, UWI, Trinidad


  • Research project: ‘Ethics oversight of research on emerging epidemic infections and experimental medical treatments’ – to the Wellcome Trust; 2016.  Reference Number: 202814/Z/16/


  • Aarons D. The history of research ethics in the English-speaking Caribbean. CANREC Bull.2019;01:3-7.
  • Aarons D.E.  Addressing the challenge for expedient ethical review of research in disasters and disease

        outbreaks.  Bioethics; 2018;00:1-4.  https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12543

  •  Aarons DE. Challenges of Conflicts of Interest in the Caribbean: An Ethical Concern. Caribbean Med J. 2018; 79(1): 12-16.

Bioethics Editorial Positions: Member

  • Editorial Board – Developing World Bioethics Journal. 
  • Scientific Board – Revista RedBioetica/UNESCO Journal.
  • Editorial Board – Revista Bioetica.  Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine.


  • Wellcome Trust Award:   To present poster on ‘Some Ethical Issues when conducting research during pregnancy in the Caribbean’ at the GFBR conference on Ethics of Research in Pregnancy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 2016
  • Global Forum on Bioethics in Research Fellowship.  First recipient (June 2016) of fellowship to research the ethical oversight of research on emerging epidemic infections & experimental treatments.

 Some Oral Presentations:
 Keynote Addresses:

  • Oct. 2016: “Ethical Dilemmas in Pharmacy Practice” – St. Lucia Medical & Dental Association Annual Conference
  • June 2016: “Medical Ethics and Ethical Dilemmas” – Turks & Caicos Islands Hospital Medical Ethics Symposium, InterHealthCanada (TCI)
  • Apr. 2016: “Ethical Issues in Oncology – Some Important Considerations” –  The Cancer Centre of the Easter Caribbean CME Oncology Conference, Antigua, West Indies
  • Feb.2016:  “Vital Communications in Medicine” – Ethics Conference, Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica, Medical Sciences Complex, University of the West Indies, JA

Dr. Grace Sirju-Charran (Retired Senior Lecturer, UWI, St. Augustine), BSEC Vice President:

  • Re-appointed for a second 4-yr.  term (2018-2021) as a member of UNESCO’s  World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge(COMEST)
  •  Re-appointed for a second term as Vice-chair of COMEST 
  • Continues to serve as special guest lecturer in Bioethics and Biotechnology, FST, UWI, St.     Augustine 2012-present)

Conference/Other  presentations

  • Preliminary draft report of COMEST  on: “Water Ethics: Oceans, Fresh Water, Coastal areas, ” 10th Session of COMEST and 24th Session of IBC UNESCO, Paris,11-15 Sept. 2017
  • “The SDGs and Land Use Ethic”  presented at COMEST Workshop held in Beirut, Lebanon. April 03, 2019
  • “The Declaration of Ethical Principles in relation to Climate Change (2017)” presented at COMEST Workshop held in Beirut, Lebanon. April 05, 2019
  • “New Global Ethical Guidelines for Water Management”  Invited Panelist  on UNESCO International Water Conference (UNESCO, Paris, May 13, 2019): “Towards a new global vision for water ethics on the earth”
  •  “Land Use Ethic” presented on behalf of COMEST at the joint 26th session of IBC and 11th session of COMEST held in Bangkok, July, 2019
  • “Religious Ethics” presented at a pilot course on “Teaching Inter-Religious Studies organized by the Working Group for Inter-Religious studies and the UWI School of Education. July, 22 2019

Dr. Cheryl Macpherson, BSEC Past President
Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2019                Co-organizer. Global warming and bioethics. Hastings Center, NY. June 3-4.
  • 2019  Best Oral Presentation, Faculty. St George’s University, Research Day.
  • 2017-Present WHO Consultant, Ethics of Vector-Borne Diseases.

External Funding

  • ACTIVE R25 TW009731-01 (Renewal)                        05/01/19-12/31/23
  • R25 TW009731-01                                                       06/01/14-12/31/18
  • S. Philpott-Jones, PI/PD; CC Macpherson CO-PI
  • NIH-Fogarty International Center
  • Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative

 Peer Reviewed publications 2017-2019

BSEC extends sincere and hearty congratulations to BSEC members:

  • Dr Shakel Henson: who obtained a Master’s in Bioethics degree from Clarkson University in the United States. Graduated on June 14th 2019.
  • Dr. Seetharaman Hariharan: who was appointed Director of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, UWI, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Ms. Shereen Dawkins: B.Pharm (Hons), M.Sc. (Health Care Law & Ethics) An outstanding Pharmacist-Ethicist, Shereen was the successful candidate for the highly coveted PhD Fellowship in International Research Ethics at the Centre for Medical Ethics at the University of Oslo, Norway! 

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