BioScience Students Examine Innovation and Equity in Medicine at Lecture

September 30, 2016

Students investigate relationship between scientific innovation and social inequity at University of Minnesota lecture.

On Thursday, September 29, five senior BioScience Program students traveled to the University of Minnesota to attend a presentation by Dr. Ruha Benjamin, assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, entitled “Can the Subaltern Genome Code? Envisioning Innovation & Equity in an Era of Personalized Medicine.”

During her lecture, Dr. Benjamin spoke about how science shapes the social world and how while any one scientific innovation may bring health and longevity to one group, it may also bring the opposite effect to other groups. She also examined how racial and caste distinctions have shaped genomic science in countries around the world.

Dr. Benjamin is the author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, and writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the relationship between innovation and equity, science and citizenship, and health and justice.

It was a fascinating talk and the SSM group hopes to be able to talk with Dr. Benjamin again in the near future.