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Fordham Conference Focuses On Ethics In Experimentation

Contact: Finnegan, Lisa
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NEW YORK -Mental health scientists from around the country will develop recommendations to help research agencies understand the complexity of studying minority communities on Monday, July 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, July 17, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the 12th-floor lounge of the Leon Lowenstein building at 113 W. 60th St. Minority communities often regard research studies with suspicion given cases such as the 30-year Tuskegee Syphilis Study, in which 300 black men were untreated for diagnosed syphilis even after antibiotics became available. However, mental illness has a disproportionate impact on minority groups and the federal government is pushing for more research. Meanwhile, mental health professionals are voicing concerns about the ethical issues involved. The conference, titled "Research Ethics in Mental Health Science Involving Ethnic Minority Children and Youth," is sponsored by Fordham's Center for Ethics Education, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Child Consortium and the American Psychological Association. Among the guest speakers will be Raynard Kington, M.D., Ph.D., the director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health. He will give a lecture titled "Understanding Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health." Other topics for discussion include community attitudes toward mental health research, respecting and protecting ethnic minority children and families, and confidentiality and disclosure policies for mental health research involving children from diverse communities. EVENT: ETHICAL PROCEDURES IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH INVOLVING MINORITIES -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DATE: Monday, JULY 16 9:00 A.M.-5 P.M. Tuesday, JULY 17 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7:30 A.M. TO 2:15 P.M. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PLACE: FORDHAM UNIVERSITY 12TH-FLOOR LOUNGE, LOWENSTEIN BUILDING 113 W. 60TH ST. NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Founded in 1841, Fordham is New York City's Jesuit university. It has residential campuses in the north Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y. 7/01

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