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Enhanced Biomedical Research to Fight Cancer & Promote Student and Faculty Interaction was Purpose of Bioethics Workshop @ ASU

How to conduct import biomedical research and enhance and provide increased interaction between the diverse faculty and students from Alabama State University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham's joint Comprehensive Cancer Center (UABCCC) Partnership was on the agenda on ASU's campus.

The workshop that was held between the two schools that work on joint research programs to fight cancer just concluded on the ASU campus in its John Garrick Hardy Student Center ballroom.

ASU's nationally recognized cancer researcher, Dr. Manoj Mishra (director of Cancer Biology Research and Training at ASU), said the workshop was fruitful and beneficial to the collaboration between ASU and UAB and also benefits the students in terms of research opportunities.

“As a result of this joint effort, our ASU students are able to work at UAB and conduct research in biotech, as well as cancer research," Mishra said.

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.

The ASU/UAB partnership, funded by National Institute Health-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,” Manne added.
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Tuesday, June 6th 2017 at 6:52PM
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