How can we transform research to ensure an equitable, healthy, and safe future for everyone?

Research designed to enhance well-being and improve health outcomes is the cornerstone of the health and welfare of our population, yet it has been impacted by structural racial bias historically embedded within our society.

From the earliest medical studies on enslaved African women, to experimentation on African American men in Tuskegee Alabama, among others, the research enterprise has carried a legacy of racial bias out of which emerged our principles of human subject research. The success and benefits of health-related research over the last century are enormous and impactful, yet systemic inequities persist.


This Community Forum will include three short presentations that explore pathways to more racially just and equitable research practice by examining systemic/structural racism related to:

  • Diverse workforce development
  • Prioritization of research interests and resources
  • Lack of integration of underrepresented populations and the explicit recognition of the role of racial hierarchies.

Presentations will focus on recommendations for next steps, followed by a facilitated discussion guided by the question: How can we transform research, with consideration for past and present experiences of racism and marginalization, towards an equitable, healthy, and safe future for everyone?


Sara Folta, PhD, MS, Director of Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research
Linda Hudson, ScD, MSPH, Associate Director of Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research
Robert Sege, MD, PhD, Co-Director of Stakeholder and Community Engagement and Lead Navigator
Christine Sinclair, MS, MA, Project Manager, Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research


Thursday, July 2
Online via Zoom (a link will be provided to those who register)