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Beyond the Pale: Examining the Role Racism Plays in Research

Friday, April 19, 2019

The School of Public Health (SPH) Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Team (EDIT) recently held a panel discussion, "Beyond the Pale: Examining the Role Racism Plays in Research." This event centered on a discussion of lessons learned from the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, a 40-year United States Public Health Services study of late-stage syphilis on rural, black men without offering of any treatments nor guided by any written research procedures. We’ll examine this tragic experiment, current mechanisms to ensure ethical approaches to research in the United States and the University of Minnesota in particular and understand communities’ distrust from this and similar studies.
“The ultimate lesson that many Americans saw in the Tuskegee Study was the need to protect society from scientific pursuits that ignored human values.”
- James Jones, author of "Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment"
Moderated by: Lynn Eberly Professor SPH, Biostatistics
  • Michael Oakes Professor SPH, Epidemiology and Community Health and Associate Vice President for Research
  • Christopher Warlick Professor Medical School, Co-Leader Research core of Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships
  • Fareed Awan Lecturer SPH, Health Policy and Management
Event recording can be viewed at:


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