The BRIGHT academy in Ugu District provides training and a safe base for field activities. Users must be committed to activities that are/will soon be useful for Southern African patients/clients/students or health practices.

Biomedical and research ethics documents and key links

All health-related biomedical and social research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal requires prior ethical clearance by the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee (BREC)*.

  1. Researchers must take this 8-hour course (can be taken chapter by chapter) before the application is sent:
  2. BREC Applications must be made on the appropriate form:



*BREC is registered with the SA Department of Health’s National Health Research Ethics Council ( (NHREC REC 290408-009). BREC is also registered with the US Office for Human Research Protections ( (OHRP) and has Federal-Wide Assurance (FWA) Assurance number 678, Institution number IORG 0000923 and IRB number 00001293.

Alternative ways to access scientific articles


is committed to publishing “Open Access” however not everyone is. You may struggle finding literature for your research. You may miss out on important information:

  1. Start with Pubmed, read only the articles flagged “FREE...”.
  2. Google scholar may have some extra pdfs.
  3. Ask a friend scientist to access it through their institution.
  4. Signing up for ORCID, giving you unique researcher identifier, could help you streamline Open Access processes. We encourage you to sign up.
  5. Write to the corresponding author, find address on the journal website, ask for a copy of their article.


writing an aricle

Programmes that might help you in your work:

Mendeley reference programme    –   important IMMEDIATELY, helps you save the literature you need and make notes on each interesting article. Use this to build your bibliography (usually last page of applications and proposals), and format the list in one click.



Save the dates

You working on your BREC application
(key issues: Mendeley, updated course in ethics,
gathering and making necessary documents)
2019 February 27th 2-7 PM

2019 February 19th 4-7 PM

2019 February 4-8th workshop


“Meet the professor” 

2019 February 16th  5-8 PM – Scientific braai

2018 December 12th 2-7 PM