Joyce Kemilembe Ikingura is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute for Medical Research. She is a trained bioethicist. Joyce holds a BSc of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 1983; MPhil of the University of Sterling, Scotland UK, 1993 and MPH of the University of Pretoria in South Africa 2005. Joyce joined the National Institute for Medical Research as Research Scientist in 1983.
Joyce is currently the Head of Department of Health Research Promotion, Advocacy and Registration.
Joyce offers a focus experience in health research, including the works of research ethics committees in African setting. The experience includes but not limed to ethical review of health research, establishments and operation of Ethics Committee Secretariat, and monitoring of approved health research. She has been directly involved into developing and updating country’s established ethical guidelines, regulations and procedures, and to ensure that they are adhered to by the researcher within and outside Tanzania.
Joyce managed the establishment of a national health research ethics review committee in Tanzania ten years ago and it is running smoothly, notwithstanding challenges of operating an ethics committee in Africa. The Tanzania National Health Research Ethics Committee has grown into the busiest national ethics committee in the region. The Committee has developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in 2007 and been revised in 2012.
Joyce was the first Editor of the Tanzania Health Research Bulletin, established in 1997. The bulletin later became the Tanzania Journal of Health Research. She has published 8 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Joyce is a member of Tanzania Public Health Association, Pan African Bioethics Network and Tanzania Bioethics Network.