Proposals for the Responsible Use of Racial and Ethnic Categories in Biomedical Research: Where Do We Go From Here?

Conference graphic for race-based medicine
April 18, 2005 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Mondale Hall, University of Minnesota School of Law


In recent years, tremendous controversy has erupted over whether to continue the use of racial and ethnic population categories in biomedical research, and if so, how. Researchers, community members, scientific journal editors, and federal agencies have struggled with questions of how to define these categories, whether they are useful, in what kinds of research, and with what problems. This conference critically examined the range of current national proposals, especially in genetic, epidemiological, and health disparities research, with the goal of charting a direction for the future. 

This event provided 7 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit for attorneys, 7 hours of continuing medical education (CME) credit for physicians, and 7 contact hours in continuing nursing education (CNE) for nurses.

Conference sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences; Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences; Center for Bioethics; and the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health & Multicultural Affairs.