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14th Annual Bsec Forum – The Ethics if Artificial Intelligence and Robotics – 

November 13, 2022 – Virtual

14th Annual BSEC Forum

November 13, 2022, Virtual

13th Annual BSEC Forum

November 28, 2021, Virtual

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. Derrick Aarons MD, PhD

2023:       Dear Friends and colleagues:

Please see the book attached!  I write to draw your attention to the recently released book “Kaleidoscope on Global Bioethics” which captures the start of the bioethics movement and its expansion to now cover virtually all the world. I was asked to write a Chapter for this Book (see pages 57—65), and I invite you to also read about bioethics in Africa and in other regions. Please circulate widely as we seek to make ethics a central consideration in everything that humans do!




Dr. Shakel Henson 


Was recently accepted into the CREEi-Hastings Center Bioethics Scholar   Program, which is part of the Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative (CREEi) that is funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center, Award # R25TW009731 (2020-2024).            This programme started in January 2023 and extends up to August, 2023. It is jointly run by The Hastings Center, a nonprofit research institution in Garison, New York, and the Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative, based at St. George’s University, School of Medicine in Grenada.

This professional development opportunity was designed to provide training in scholarly writing and mentorship. Dr. Henson was selected based on several factors, which include being a graduate of the CREEi programme, professional accomplishments, and master’s level training in bioethics.

One of the objectives of the programme is to provide leadership in bioethics. It will also serve to promote critical thinking in ethics; develop one’s writing skills; and provide publication opportunities. Dr. Henson is one of the four English-speaking graduates of the CREEi programme who was selected to participate in this CREEi-Hastings Center Bioethics Scholar Program. She is currently being mentored by an established bioethicist from The Hastings Center.

Ms. Kamille Williams

2023: Promoted to Administrative Assistant, Department of Educational Services, St. George’s University



¨ Dr. Derrick Aarons

   2022:   Ethics Consultant, The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

                 Co-coordinator and Co-Editor of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) Preliminary Draft Report on “The Principle of Solidarity and Cooperation”

Tutor – Masters in Bioethics, St. George’s University, Grenada, Universidad Autonoma de Queretaro, Mexico, and Clarkson University, USA –Caribbean Research Ethics Education  Initiative

Member – The IBC Bureau of UNESCO

Member – The Executive for the Caribbean Association of Medical Councils (CAMC)


Aarons Derrick.  Deliberations on Principles of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics & Human Rights: Summary of The Principle of Protecting Future Generations. IBC Newsletter, UNESCO 2022; Vol.3: p.13-14.

Aarons Derrick.  Ethical considerations during a Pandemic.  BioethicsCaribe.  Feb. 2022: 9 – 14.


  1. July ’22: “The multi-faceted issue of abortion” and “Legal Prohibition: Public good or legislating morality?” – The Annual Ethics Conference, the Association of General Practitioners of  Jamaica
  2. Jan. ’22: “The ethical use of social media among medical professionals” – Medical Council of Jamaica Ethics Webinar 2022
  3. Dec. ’21: “Final draft Report on the Principle of Protecting Future Generations” – International Meeting of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) of UNESCO


  1. Apr.’22: “Vital Communications in Medicine: Informed Consent & communication with Relatives” – Surgeons Association of Central Jamaica
  2. Oct.’21: “Ethical Considerations During a Pandemic” –Conference, Antigua & Barbuda Medical Council


The Ethics of Organoids – Interviewed by the University of Norway for the new European project, HYBRIDA, on the regulatory framework for organoid research and gene editing and cloning technologies around the world – Jun’21

  • ¨ Prof. Cheryl MacPherson


ACTIVE R25 TW009731-01 Administrative Supplement          09/01/22-08/30/23

CC Macpherson PD/PI

ACTIVE R25 TW009731-01 (Renewal)                                       02/01/20-12/31/24

R25 TW009731-01                                                                        06/01/14-12/31/18

CC Macpherson PD/PI

NIH-Fogarty International Center. Caribbean Research Ethics Education Initiative


  1. Can bioethics do for our planet what it’s done for autonomy? Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. Invited. submitted June 2022.
  2. Macpherson C. Global bioethics: it’s past and future. Global Bioethics. January 2022. 31;33(1):45-9.
  3. Jennings NP, Chambaere K, Macpherson CC et al. Medical end-of-life decision-making in a small resource-poor Caribbean country: a mortality follow-back study of home deaths. Ann Palliat Med 2021. Online First. https://dx.doi.org/10.21037/apm-21-1793


  1. Macpherson, CC. How bioethics can help mitigate climate emissions. Invited speaker. Ethical Perspectives on Health Impacts of Climate Change: NordForsk Conference. Umea, Sweden and virtual. 22-23 September 2022. https://www.nordforsk.org/events/2022/ethical-perspectives-health-impacts-climate-change
  2. Jennings N, Chambaere K, Macpherson CC, Cox K, Deliens L, Cohen J. Medical end-of-life decision-making in a small resource-poor Caribbean country: a mortality follow-back study of home deaths. Health systems research 7th global symposium (III HSG Pre-Conference in the Americas). Jan 18, 2022.
  3. Macpherson, CC. Promoting research ethics around the globe (panelist). Bioethics Program of Clarkson University and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: 20th Anniversary Speaker Series. January 14, 2022.
  4. Macpherson, CC. Panelist: Ethics, Climate Change, and Future of Work (in webinar series ‘Ethics and the Future of Work’). The University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Center for Health, Work & Environment at Colorado School of Public Health. Nov 22, 2021.
  5. Macpherson, CC, Cummins P, Romero Zepeta, H. Bilingual education for research ethics. SGU Research Day, October 24, 2021
  6. Noel N, Macpherson, CC. Climate Change and Bioethical Challenges for Low and High Resource Countries. SGU Research Day, October 24, 2021

¨ Shereen Cox, Doctoral Research Fellow


         Empirical Bioethics Summer School, Amsterdam UMC & VU university               


  1. Shereen Cox, Jan Helge Solbakk, Rosemarie D. L. C. Bernabe. (2022) Research ethics committees and post-approval activities: a qualitative study on the perspectives of European research ethics committee representatives. Current Medical Research and Opinion 0:0, pages 1-11.
  1. Cox, Shereen, Seetharaman,Hariharan. (2022) Off-label use of pharmaceutical drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic: Reflections from the English-Speaking Caribbean Redbioetica UNESCO. 2022
    https://redbioetica.com.ar/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/RELATO-SOBRE-CARIBE-INGLES- Cox-Seetharaman.pdf
  1. Cox S, Solbakk J, Bernabe Rosemarie, The role of research ethics committees after the approval of clinical trial protocols in the EU and the USA: a descriptive content analysis of international and regional normative documents. Current Medical Research and Opinion
    https://doi.org/10.1080/03007995.2021.1905621 (2021) 37(6) 1061-1069

    1. Professional Ethics in Pharmacy Practice, Guyana Pharmacy Association, February 2022

    2. Data Protection Act and Pharmacist: From Confusion to Compliance T Geddes Grant Virtual Webinar, Jamaica, July 2022

    3. A Duty to care: Ethics and Pharmacy Practice, Cayman Pharmacists Association, July 2022

¨ Sherry Ephraim-Le Compte, Vice President, BSEC


Recently appointed member of CARPHA REC


Presentation on local REC to the Minister and PS of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs in Saint Lucia.


¨ Athene Hilary Aberdeen, Facilitator (Retired).


Masters Degree in Global Bioethics Dec. 2021from University of Anahuac, Mexico. A Collaboration of Anahuac, UPRA in Rome and /UNESCO Chair in Bioethics.


¨ Prof. Donald Simeon


  1. Bolleddula J, Simeon D, Anderson S, Shields L, Mullings J, Ossorio P,  Bethelmey A, Kasafi Perkins A (2022) No person left behind: Mapping the health policy landscape for genomics research in the Caribbean. The Lancet Regional Health – Americas Volume 15, 100367. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lana.2022.100367.
  1. Ramdass MJ, Gonzales J, Maharaj D, Simeon D, Barrow S. Breast Carcinoma Receptor Expression in a Caribbean Population. Surg J (N Y). 2022 Sep 19;8(3):e262-e265. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1756632. PMID: 36131945; PMCID: PMC9484866.


Member of the Global Steering Group (GSG) of the WHO Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet)

¨ Balford A. Lewis, Associate Professor


Co-editor of the Reader: Lewis, Balford, and Luke Plutowski. (Eds.) 2021. The Political Culture of Democracy in Jamaica and in the Americas, 2021: Taking the Pulse of Democracy. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN USA


¨ Kandamaran Krishnamurthy,  Pediatric ICU Consultant




International transplant conference 2021,India gave talk on world Brain death project https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kandamaran_Krishnamurthy


¨ Leon Budrie, Clinical ethics Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston


Budrie L, Narinesingh A. Locked out: An ethical analysis of Trinidad and Tobago’s COVID-19 border closure. Ethics Med Public Health. 2022 Feb;20:100749. doi: 10.1016/j.jemep.2021.100749. Epub 2021 Dec 7. PMID: 34901364; PMCID: PMC8648578.

Recently started a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine.

¨ Mr. Latelle Barton

Accepted into Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics Fellowship Program for September class 2022-2023.


¨ Dr. Barbara Landon, Professor Emeritus

       Saving Brains Grenada have founded the CCCN. A list of publications and other activities can be found at our brand new website: https://cccnd.org/publications/peer-reviewed-journals/















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