Visiting professor researches syphilis study, presents paper in London

8/7/2013


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 7, 2013) — Deleso Alford, associate professor of law at Florida A&M University’s College of Law awarded a Research Residential Scholarship as a Visiting Scholar to conduct research at Tuskegee University. While at Tuskegee, she collaborated with the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, the City of Tuskegee community and conducted primary research at the Tuskegee University Archives Library and the Tuskegee University Ford Motor Company Library’s Rare Book Collection. 

Alford’s research focus was to explore the omission of the women affected by the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee and its impact on the present day practice of medicine, curricular development in legal and health professions and research exclusion of vulnerable populations. On June 20, she presented a paper in London, England at "A Narrative Future for Health Care" Conference. The panel was entitled, “Narrative Ethics.” It consisted of representatives from the School of Nursing and Humanities, Dublin City University, Ireland; Laboratories d'Ethique Medicale et de Medicine Legale, Universite Paris Descartes, France with Coimbra University & ULICES, Lisbon, Portugal and Laboratory of Medical and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University Rene Descartes, Paris, France. The presentation was entitled " A Matter of Cultural Humility: Incompetent to Refuse Treatment or Incompetent to Practice Narrative Medicine?" wherein she proposed to employ a critical race feminist perspective (narrative modality) to aid in medical school curricular development for rounds, seminars and training, particularly as to the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee.

To learn more about the conference, go to: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/chh/Narrative-Medicine-Conference-/About-the-Narrative-Medicine-conference.aspx .



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