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Redressing Past Wrongs: Changing the Common Rule to Increase Minority Voices in Research
Date:10/22/2013

problematic studies involving minority populations. Our hope is creating special regulatory provisions will focus attention in ways that eliminate these problematic studies.”

The article also suggests greater community consultation and increasing minority representation on Institutional Review Boards, organizations charged with reviewing research studies, to better provide greater minority input into the research oversight system.

Rencher and Wolf hope more attention to the concerns of communities affected will facilitate research that can find solutions to the health inequities that persist in the United States.

“The changes we’re recommending alone are not going to solve the problem. There need to be other structural changes, such as more minority researchers and physicians. But we hope our article gets the conversation started,” Rencher says.

The collaboration with Wolf on the article resulted from taking her human subject research course, which Rencher, an attorney, took as an elective for his master of public heath degree through Georgia State’s new School of Public Health.

The AJPH call for papers on the Ethics of Human Subjects Research in Minority Populations provided an opportunity for Rencher and Wolf to collaborate and take their recommendations to a larger audience. This was Rencher’s first journal submission.

Online access to the AJPH article is available to the media. Send inquiries to: Kimberly Short at the American Public Health Association, 202-777-2511 or kimberly.short(at)apha(dot)org.

For information about Professor Leslie Wolf, visit: law.gsu.edu/directory/wolf.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/10/prweb11251563.htm.


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