42 years later are African-American still afraid of being exploited by science?
Twitter Chat hosted by the National Science and Technology News Service (NSTNS) -a science media advocacy group that works to diversify health and science news by providing diverse experts and original content to news outlets-would like to commemorate the revelation of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment by hosting a Twitter Chat on bioethics and address lingering concerns about medical mistrust in the African-American community.
Professor of Sociology Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D. and Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Ph.D. will discuss bioethics and the African American community with NSTNS members and the public. Some topics will be, “Should African-Americans still be afraid of being exploited by science?” and, “What is the science research community doing to regain their trust?”
Ruha Benjamin is an interdisciplinary scholar who examines the relationship between science, technology, medicine, and society. She is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University and is the author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier. Dr. Benjamin’s work is at the forefront of debates over the relationships between innovation and equity, science and citizenship, and health and justice.
Alfiee M. Breland-Noble is Director of The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center. She is a child psychologist and a researcher in academic medicine who has been a federally funded investigator for over 10 years. Her research interests include reducing mental health disparities for African American and diverse adolescents; treatment engagement for depression in diverse adolescents; mental health stigma reduction in diverse populations, health equity in suicide prevention, Community Based Participatory Research with a specific focus on Faith Based Health Promotion and Mindfulness in diverse parenting contexts.
Chat log can be found here