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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"What's Wrong with Race-Based Medicine?"

"What's Wrong with Race-Based Medicine?" a lecture by Professor Dorothy Roberts from Northwestern University will be presented on February 3, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater. Registration is required.

"What's Wrong with Race-Based Medicine?"
Prof. Dorothy Roberts, JD
Northwestern University
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
11:30am - 1:00pm
Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
Professor Dorothy Roberts, JD (Northwestern University), will discuss how the FDA's approval of the first race-specific drug has generated a heated debate about the scientific and political efficacy of race-based medicine. She will place this debate in the context of health disparities and genetic concepts of race and explain why marketing pharmaceuticals on the basis of race is more likely to worsen racial inequities than cure them. Recognizing that race-based medicine raises both medical and political questions, Roberts rejects the dichotomy often claimed by its promoters that we must put aside social justice concerns in order to improve minority health.
Prof. Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor; Professor, Department of African-American Studies and Sociology; and Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University Law School. She has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics, and child welfare.
Prof. Jay Cohn, MD, Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division; Director, Rasmussen Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, University of Minnesota
Prof. Joycelyn Dorscher, MD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Intended Audience: students, faculty, health care professionals, attorneys, patients, researchers, policymakers, and community members.
Following this lecture, participants should be able to:
* Discuss whether marketing pharmaceuticals based on race may worsen racial inequities in health care.
* Suggest ways to include social justice concerns when considering ways to improve minority health.
This event is free and open to the public.
Continuing legal education credit (CLE) for attorneys (1.5 hours) has been requested. Advance registration is required to receive continuing education credits.
The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Application has been submitted for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Determination of credit is pending. It is the policy of the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its sponsored educational activities.
All participating faculty, course directors, and planning committee members are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest.
Registration is required for those requesting continuing education credit. Registration is available online at www.lifesci.consortium.umn.edu, by phone at 612-625-0055, or by email at jointdgr@umn.edu. Please provide your name, email address and indicate if continuing education credits are requested.
Read here to access a map for the Coffman Memorial Union and nearby parking.
The Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences and the Center for Bioethics, with major support from the law firm of Leonard Street & Deinard and the Deinard family.