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ASU and UAB Host 3rd Annual Bioethics Workshop

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Jun 01, 2017

The third annual Bioethics Workshop provided opportunities for “team-based” discussions related to scientific research and collaborations.

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The 3rd annual Alabama State University (ASU)/University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center (UABCCC) Partnership Bioethics Workshop was held on June 1 in the John Garrick Hardy Student Center ballroom.

Dr. Manoj Mishra, director of Cancer Biology Research and Training at ASU, said the workshop was created to provide interaction between faculty and students about research and how to conduct it.

Mishra said the collaboration between ASU and UAB also benefits the students in terms of research opportunities.

“Every year, we bring this bioethics workshop to ASU’s campus,” Mishra said. “As a result, our students were able to work at UAB and conduct research in biotech, as well as cancer research. So, we hope the students will realize their potential and do well this year, too.”

The workshop provided a full day of lectures that focused on “Increasing Reliance on Team-based Working Arrangements.” Some of the topics discussed included: Ethics in the Context of Team-Based Science, Community-Based Participatory Research, Comprehensive Decision Making, Equitable Division of Labor, Equitable Division of Resources, Interpersonal Ethics, and Ethics of Authorship and Grantsmanship.

Dr. Anthony Hood, associate professor at UAB’s Collat School of Business, served as the keynote speaker and discussed, “Inclusive Innovation: Ethical Considerations in an Era of Team Science.”

“Students need to be equipped with the language of teamwork and understand that innovation requires teamwork and that if we don’t get the teamwork right we can’t be innovators,” Hood said.

Hood also shared his personal story of dropping out of college, but eventually earning his undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. degrees.

“Because this is a diversity pipeline type of program, having someone that looks like them is really important. It was important for me to see them because it encourages me to do what I do; so hopefully, I’m a role model for them,” Hood added.

The ASU/UAB partnership, funded by NIH-National Cancer Institute, has goals of attaining excellence in research focused on cancer health disparities; to enhance, by development of junior faculty members, the research and administrative infrastructure to conduct competitive basic and community-based cancer research at ASU; to develop investigators committed to research in cancer disparities at both partnering institutions; and to establish a pipeline of minority cancer disparity researchers and health professionals between ASU and UAB.

“This partnership means a lot, not only for ASU, but is a big deal for the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Dr. Upender Manne, a professor at UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We are reaching out to minority students and bringing them into this program, educating them, training them in cancer research. The main purpose is to make a pipeline of minority students to take up their professions or careers in biomedical research, so they can be the caregivers for their own communities.”

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