A special Spring edition of Mini-Med School kicked off the evening of May 12, 2010 with nearly 200 students in attendance. Presented by the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Bioethics Research Center, this four-week session was supported by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) at NIH.
The topics for the event focus mainly on research and clinical trials. The first night featured talks on Tragedy and History: Research Scandals and How They Are Prevented and Informed Consent. Future sessions will cover Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Celiac Disease; Head and Neck Cancer: Advances in Treatment and Clinical Trials; Research and Clinical Trials; How Research Improves Health; What Makes Research Ethical; Infectious Disease and Vaccine Development; and Clinical Trials 101: What Are They and How to Find Them.
All sessions are taught by School of Medicine faculty. Overseeing the Spring event is Dr. Claudia Baquet, professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Policy and Planning and director of the Center for Health Disparities, which includes the newly established Bioethics Research Center.
The Bioethics Research Center was created with a $2.4 million grant from NCMHD, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Its purpose is to implement innovative strategies to address ethical issues in research and examine the implications of these issues on health disparities within Maryland and throughout the U.S. The Center will also work to foster public trust in clinical trials and medical research among minority and rural communities across the nation.
The School of Medicine’s annual Mini-Med School, which is held for six weeks every fall, will continue as usual starting September 8. This year will be the 10th anniversary, and many special things are being planned to celebrate. Check the Mini-Med website during the summer for all of the details.