CFS: Ethics with Minority Populations (Am J of Publ Hlth)

Call for Papers for a Theme Issue of the American Journal of Public Health: The Ethics of Human Subjects Research with Minority Populations

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) intends to publish a theme issue on the complex issues related to the ethical treatment of human research subjects with respect to underrepresented, minority, and vulnerable populations. As part of the Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers grant, guest editors, Drs. Stephen B. Thomas, Sandra C. Quinn, and Nancy E. Kass are working with AJPH to produce this theme issue on the ethical engagement of minority participants in research.

The goal of this issue is to assemble a collection of papers that explores the factors that affect the inclusion of these populations in research and to identify innovative strategies, solutions, and policies to achieve ethical inclusion of minority populations in research, including clinical trials. The focus is on health issues, in particular how the exclusion and exploitation of minority populations in research can contribute to health disparities, how policy changes have affected minority inclusion in research, and how clinical practices and medical decisions may be impacted by more inclusive research studies. Topical areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel strategies for the ethical engagement of underrepresented participants in research
  • Impact of prominent cases of research abuse or controversy on researchers’ practices, community attitudes, and regulatory policy in
  • the oversight of research
  • Training and educational efforts designed to strengthen the capacity of investigators, research staff, and regulators to ethically engage minority communities in research
  • Challenges of ethical engagement of minority populations in cutting edge research including issues related to broad consent for genetic research among other topics
  • Implications of cultural, social, community, and political factors on willingness to participate in research and autonomous decision making about research
  • Consideration of social impacts of research on minority communities
  • Implications of the ethical duty to include and/or engage minority participants in research

All types of manuscripts will be considered and will undergo the peer review process by the AJPH editors and peer referees as defined by AJPH policy. Submission of a manuscript for consideration in this theme issue does not guarantee publication. Manuscripts will be due to the Journal by October 12, 2012 and can be submitted at:  Article guidelines and submission instructions are available at:


  • Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD, Associate Dean for Public Health Initiatives, Senior Associate Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, Professor, Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Services Administration, Director, University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Nancy E. Kass, ScD, Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, Berman Institute of Bioethics and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205

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