01 Oct Discover Brigham: Session Spotlight Series
Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical Research: What We Know Now
November 12, 1:45 – 2:00pm
While the lack of diverse representation in clinical trials is well known, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the urgent need to understand why underserved and vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected both in incidence and severity of infection. More generally, should the participants in a clinical trial reflect the diversity of the U.S., the world or both? Or should they represent the people that the treatment or intervention is intended to help? This planned panel discussion will explore a number of barriers to inclusion of diverse populations and address potential approaches and solutions to increase diversity. This work is necessary but not easy, and it will take time to achieve meaningful change. We will walk through various potential solutions, practical tools, and resources for implementation, and we will discuss how BWH (and MGB) can aspire to excel in diverse representation in clinical research.
Bisola Ojikutu, MD and Barbara Bierer, MD
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