Undoing the Historical Legacy of Racism in Research

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The third workshop of our Cohorts for Change series will examine the historical medical mistreatment of patients and scientists, explore the impact of institutional racism, and discuss opportunities for CTSAs to more effectively engage in their local communities.

Facilitator Dr. John Cullen and CLIC selected the materials in the "Resources" tab to delve further into these topics.



Tiffany Danielle Pineda talks on stage
The University of Florida CTSI is examining long-standing and unspoken issues of racial injustice, equality and diversity within the working environment of the clinical research professional workforce. Dressed in black, Tiffany Danielle Chisholm Pineda stood on a stage and spoke about her experience as a Black research professional working to eliminate personal biases in scientists. “Most of the


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CTSA-Specific Resources

The Integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) with support from the University of Pittsburgh (UPitt) is participating in the “Building Up a Diverse Workforce for Biomedical Research” study. Building Up is a national study led by the University of Pittsburgh (UPitt) and aims to test the effectiveness of a career development intervention developed for postdocs and

Tufts University Boston

The goal of medicine and research should be that “all patients, of all backgrounds, get the care they need when they interface with our health care system” (Joyce Sackey, MD, Tufts University Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer). Are we doing enough to reach this goal?

With the presence of #MeToo, Time’s Up Healthcare, and diversity and inclusion efforts broadly at member institutions, leaders in academic medicine are increasingly aware of the need to create safe and inclusive environments. Recent studies have highlighted the prevalence and profound impact of sexual and gender harassment. Institutional leaders are looking for best practices to create safe
University Of Southern California

In this session, we explore the importance of ensuring biomedical study samples and data that are inclusive of a wide range of participants. We also examine the challenges associated with recruiting diverse study participants. Finally, we explore the importance of ensuring cultural competence when interacting with participants from historically marginalized groups (e.g., race/ethnicity, religion

Other Resources

YouTube video by CUNY TV, interviews conducted by journalist, Sheryl McCarthy

Resource selected by workshop facilitator, John Cullen

Journalist Sheryl McCarthy talks with newsmakers about their sources of inspiration. She has private conversations about public affairs issues with the people who report on them and those who ARE the story. The subjects range from global warming issues to domestic ones. This episode features author, Harriet A. Washington, discussing her book "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present". 

YouTube video by AJ+, featuring Dr. Joy DeGruy

Resource selected by workshop facilitator, John Cullen

How is Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome different from PTSD? Dr. Joy DeGruy explains how trauma can be passed on generation after generation.

YouTube video by NowThis News, featuring Dr. Owais Durrani

Resource selected by workshop facilitator, John Cullen

‘Black Americans die at a quicker and faster rate in our health care system’ — Dr. Owais Durrani explains how deeply racism has permeated health care in the U.S. 

National Geographic article by Michael Strauss 

Resource selected by workshop facilitator, John Cullen

Racists, frauds, and misogynists: Meet the rogues’ gallery of Nobel Prize winners.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 

The Neuroscience Forum launched a virtual workshop series to examine the rapidly evolving neuroscience career landscape and how neuroscience training programs can help trainees to develop the knowledge and skillset needed to advance their careers and biomedical science. The first of these workshops, held on August 20, 2020, tackled complex issues related to racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The workshop brought together a wide range of stakeholders representing neuroscientists from different sectors and career stages. This document provides a summary of the discussions and panels that occurred during this workshop.

The Lancet, article written by Ayah Nuriddin, Graham Mooney, *Alexandre I R White

The killing of Eric Garner in 2014 at the hands of the New York Police Department and the footage that circulated of his death after he was put in a chokehold elevated the phrase “I can’t breathe” to a protest chant for those in the fight against structural racism worldwide. Its repetition by George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, USA, in 2020 and by others in anti-racism protests amid the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened the salience of these words. While much public health research has shown that racism is a fundamental determinant of health outcomes and disparities, racist policy and practice have also been integral to the historical formation of the medical academy in the USA.

Chapter 5 from "Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: From Process to Outcomes" 

Written by Vivian Chavez, Bonnie Duran, Quinton E. Baker, Magdalena M. Avila, & Nina Wallerstein 

DANCING PROVIDES a provocative analogy for exploring the interplay of race and ethnicity, racism, and privilege that often goes unacknowledged in community-based participatory research (CBPR). Like dancing, CBPR has the potential for making research partners feel exhilarated, awkward, controlled, and free. The dance involves being aware of differences and respecting that although some people appear to be " natural " dancers, others need more time and instruction as they experiment with movement.