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February 2011 Seminar Series
In commemoration of Black History Month, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) kicks off the 2011 NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series on February 17, 2011 with a focus on the issue of recruiting and retaining minorities in clinical research.

The low participation of racial/ethnic minorities in clinical trials remains a major concern for researchers.  Research points to several factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of minorities in clinical trials including low literacy, cost or lack of health insurance, lack of awareness, mistrust, religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs.

The NIH supports various innovative activities to increase the participation of minorities in clinical research, and is pleased to welcome Dr. Stephen B. Thomas and Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn co-principal investigators at the University of Maryland's Center for Health Equity as the featured speakers for the February seminar. Their presentation will focus on strategies aimed at increasing minority participation in biomedical and public health research, as well as the influence of researchers as potential barriers to the low participation rate. Our speakers will present highlights of the work being done through their NIH Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers, including media products created as part of the Building Trust curriculum initiatives. (Click here for the abstract)

Presentation Title: Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers: Challenges and Opportunities in Recruitment and Retention of Minorities in Research

Guest Speakers:

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD (Click here for bio)
Professor, Health Services Administration, School of Public Health
Director, University of Maryland Center for Health Equity
School of Public Health
University of Maryland

Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD (Click here for bio)
Associate Dean for Public Health Initiatives
Senior Associate Director, Center for Health Equity
Professor, Department of Family Science
School of Public Health
University of Maryland

Thursday, February 17, 2011
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

NIH Campus
Natcher Building, Balcony B
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

Additional Information: For more information, call 301-402-1366. There is limited parking on campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. The seminar will be video cast and made available in the NIH Video archives and on the NIMHD website within a few days following the seminar.

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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