SCi is thrilled to announce that we, in partnership with the Broad Institute, have been awarded an NIH Supplemental grant to develop cutting-edge anti-racism ethics training modules tailored for genetics researchers working with diverse human populations. This supplement grant is part of the Populations Underrepresented in Mental illness Association Studies (PUMAS). In an era where genetic research spans continents and communities, it’s essential that researchers are not only equipped with the latest scientific knowledge but also possess the critical skills and ethical awareness necessary to navigate the complexities of their field responsibly.
Genetics researchers studying diverse groups often encounter unique ethical challenges. Researchers need to reckon with the historical context of scientific racism in genetics and grapple with the sensitive nature of contextualizing human differences across time and geography. Furthermore, research must accurately present research findings while avoiding the perpetuation of race as a biological construct. These challenges become even more intricate when the traits under study are stigmatized or culturally sensitive.
To address these challenges head-on, our project focuses on developing, testing, and exporting anti-racism ethics training modules. These modules will serve as invaluable resources for genetics researchers, helping them acquire both the critical awareness and practical skills needed to conduct ethical genetics research within diverse populations.
INNOVATION IN PEDOGOGY
A significant innovation in this project is the use of SCi’s pioneering simulation-based learning. This approach allows scientists to engage interactively in ethical decision-making processes, providing a dynamic and engaging educational experience. The curriculum comprises multiple distinct scenarios, each addressing specific ethical themes relevant to genetics research. Researchers can engage with these scenarios independently in one-hour sessions or combine them in a three-hour workshop.
SCi believes that these training modules will not only enhance the ethical dimensions of genetics research but also contribute to a more inclusive and responsible scientific community. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project as we work towards a future of ethical and inclusive genetics research.