Scientific discoveries generate tremendous excitement, but they can also generate controversies and conflicts. The challenges of protecting the interests of scientists, research institutions, funding agencies, governments, research participants, and ordinary citizens require critical thinking and careful weighing of benefits and burdens. This course explores current controversies and disputes surrounding biomedical research and the thought processes necessary to arrive at well-reasoned policy responses. Invited experts will join the class to share their insights and perspectives. The course is designed to address elements of 12 of the 15 Core Competencies in Clinical and Translational Research. It provides guidance in gathering and evaluating evidence from various disciplinary perspectives and designing ways to address research problems. In addition, the course:
1. Examines the roles of bioinformatics and electronic health records in addressing research questions,
2. Provides insights into and applications of ethics and compliance in clinical and translation research,
3. Requires clear communication aimed at broad audiences,
4. Raises awareness of cultural needs and differences,
5. Provides opportunities to obtain understanding of multiple disciplines,
6. Fosters leadership through innovation and creativity in problem-solving,
7. Applies adult-learning and competency-based instruction, and
8. Addresses controversies currently affecting biomedical science and society’s health and well-being and the roles of various interests in creating community.
Grading criteria: 25% participation; 25% paper #1; 25% paper #2; 25% presentation.
Enrollment Restrictions: Minimum=6
Term offered: Spring term beginning 2013
Year offered: Biennially-Odd Years
Hours per week: Lecture 3
Instructor: E. Bernadette McKinney, J.D., Ph.D.
Changed effective Spring Term, 2015