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International Projects/Activities

Principal Investigator, Bioethics and Biosafety in Yemen.  This is a one-year, Department of State-funded project designed to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen, other related government and private sector health and research institutions and universities to undertake ethical and safe clinical and health research research practices.  Georgetown University is engaging with collaboratively with the MOPHP and two universities in the conduct of this project, which will include the design and delivery of onsite and virtual training and technical assistance, building on capacity in the public and private sectors in Yemen.

Advisor, Study of Youth in Morocco, conducted by the World Bank.  Dr. Jillson participated in the design of the qualitative research component of this mixed method study and the design of the qualitative analysis.  She is currently participating in analysis of the qualitative data and will be involved in preparing the final report that integrates qualitative and quantitative data. (March 2011-present)

Co-Investigator, Prevalence and Correlates of Youth Substance Abuse in Egypt.  This is a four-year NIH RO1 study that uses mixed-method and CBPR methods to estimate the prevalence and correlates of substance use, including tobacco, among Egyptian youth 12-18 years old, attending or out-of school.  The results of this study will shed light on the etiologies of substance use among Egyptian youth, and will aid Egypt in future treatment, prevention, and control efforts to reduce youth substance abuse.  (May 2010-April 2014)

Advisor, study of Social Insurance Reform in Jordan:  Awareness and Perceptions of Employment Opportunities for Women, conducted by the World Bank.  Dr. Jillson participated in the design of the qualitative study, analysis of the data, and preparation of the report. (November 2011-July 2012)

Co-Principal Investigator, Ensuring Safe, Secure and Ethical Conduct of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in Tunisia. Project funded by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. This one-year study, carried out collaboratively with the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis University of Tunis, is designed to contribute to ensuring safe, secure and ethical conduct of biomedical and behavioral research in Tunisia.  The collaborators will 1) create a protocol for use in ensuring safe, secure and ethical conduct of biomedical and behavioral research in Tunisia; and 2) train selected biomedical researchers, laboratory technicians and administrators in use of the protocol.  (April 2011-June 2012)

Principal Investigator, Bioethics and Public Diplomacy:  Engagement through Scientific Exchange.  Through this initiative, bioethicists, health scientists, policy makers, and health care providers in the U.S. and Iran are engaging in dialogue regarding global health ethics issues common to the two countries.  Dr. Jillson has directed all aspects of the two projects that comprise this initiative and is co-authoring jointly-written papers with Iranian bioethicists who have participated in the dialogue. The activities are funded by a grant from the Department of State (September 2009—July 31, 2011) and the Lounsbery Foundation (July 2010-December 2011)

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