SEPTEMBER 12, 2017


Research Capacity Building: Nurturing and Strengthening Emerging Scientists

Mental health research capacity is scarce and inequitably distributed in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Across LMICs, there is a further skewed distribution of mental health researchers and publication outputs, with research activity and productivity heavily concentrated in only 10% of LMICs. There is a critical need for integrated and holistic research training of early career scientists on aspects of research methodology, biostatistics, psychometrics, mental health systems and services research, effective application of evidence from clinical trials, and dissemination and scale-up activities. However, challenges to research capacity building in low-resource settings are many, and include limited financing, human resource and infrastructural deficits, lack of sustainable mentorship, language and cultural barriers, and stigma at individual, societal, institutional, and policy levels.This webinar will focus on some of the principles and effective practices for building individual and team level research capacity of early career mental health researchers in LMIC to be future leaders in the field, and approaches to nurturing excellence and independence. At the completion of the webinar, participants will have learned about capacity building best practices; factors that contribute to building sustainable capacity and the impediments and opportunities; how to embed capacity building into the fabric of research activity; how to ensure that capacity building in mental health has the impact to address clinical, contextual and policy needs and is a catalyst to building a critical mass of scientists. This webinar is appropriate for new and early stage investigators, senior researchers, postgraduate students, and anyone interested in learning more about mental health research capacity building.


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Soraya Seedat, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Head
Department of Psychiatry
Stellenbosch University

Soraya Seedat is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University.  She holds the South African Research Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder funded by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation.  She has 19 years of clinical, genetic, epidemiological and basic neuroscience experience as a psychiatrist and researcher in the field of trauma, anxiety, and NeuroAIDS and has existing collaborative research projects with colleagues in Europe, the United States and Africa. She directs a number of research programs in the Department of Psychiatry and mentors masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students. She has extensively involvement in research training and mentoring activities and serves as the research capacity building project lead on the NIMH funded Collaborative Hub, Partnerships for Mental Health Development in sub-Saharan Africa. She has experience in research ethics as a previous member of the Faculty of Medicine’s Health Research Ethics committee between 2005 and 2012 and as chair of that committee between 2009 and 2011. She is currently a member of Stellenbosch University’s Senate Research Ethics Committee.  She was recently appointed as a Board Member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.  She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and as an Associate Editor of the journals PLoS One, Global Mental Health and the South African Journal of Psychiatry. She has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts and book chapters and has co-edited four books.


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Oye Gureje, PhD, DSc, FRCPsych
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan
Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating
Centre for Research In Mental Health

Oye Gureje, PhD, DSc, FRCPsych, is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ibadan and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Mental Health, Neurosciences and Substance Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan. His current research interests include global mental health, epidemiology, aging, intervention for mental disorders, and mental health system strengthening. He has received grants from the Wellcome Trust, MRC (UK), Government of Australia (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), European Union, Grand Challenges Canada, International Development Research Centre, and the NIMH. He is on the editorial board of several journals including Drug and Alcohol Dependence, International Review of Psychiatry, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, Current Psychiatry Reports, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, and The Lancet Psychiatry. He is a member of the WHO International Advisory Committee for the Revision of ICD Chapter on Mental and Behavioral Disorders, Chairs the Workgroup on Somatic and Dissociative Disorders and is Vice-Chair of the Field Studies Coordinating Group. He is currently supervising three PhD’s, and mentoring several early career researchers.