August 16, 2002

Research ethics addressed at Meharry conference

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Campers and staff pose for a picture during the final day of this summer’s Camp Sugar Falls, a camp for children with diabetes and their siblings. (photos by Dana Johnson)

Research ethics addressed at Meharry conference

Several Vanderbilt University faculty will participate in a conference on research ethics Aug. 21-23 at Meharry Medical College.

The conference, titled “Research Ethics for Today,” features a keynote address by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, and an FDA “town hall” meeting to discuss protection of minority participants in clinical trials.

Vanderbilt speakers include Dr. Italo Biaggioni, associate professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and medical director of the Clinical Trials Center; Larry Churchill, Ph.D., Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics; George C. Hill, Ph.D., associate dean for Diversity in Medical Education; Jim Hollender, M.B.A., manager of Medical Center Special Projects; John Lachs, Ph.D., Centennial Professor of Philosophy; and Dr. John A. Phillips III, professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Medicine, and director of the division of Medicine Genetics.

Elders, professor emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in Little Rock, will discuss issues in health care and research for minorities and the medically underserved at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 in the West Basic Science Building auditorium, at the corner of Meharry Boulevard and 21st Avenue North.

The FDA town hall meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the same location.

For more information, contact Thomas Mether, Ph.D., program coordinator for the Program in Clinical and Research Ethics at Meharry, at 327-5914 or Visit the Web site for more information.