Penn Bioethics Seminar Series (PBS): Carolyn Y. Fang, PhD
12:00pm - 1:00pm • via Zoom
Ethical issues in research with immigrant communities
Carolyn Y. Fang, PhD
Professor, Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Description: The United States (US) is currently home to the world’s largest immigrant population. Immigrants arrive in the US with lower rates of obesity and chronic disease risk than non-immigrants, but subsequently experience declining health and increased disease risk. Therefore, immigrant studies can be highly valuable for quantifying the risks associated with specific lifestyle and environmental factors. However, such studies can raise various ethical concerns. In this seminar, I will share some examples from our recent studies conducted with Chinese immigrant communities across Philadelphia and highlight several ethical issues pertaining to scientific methodology, the maintenance of confidentiality, concerns about real (or perceived) coercion, and provision of care.
Bio: Carolyn Fang, PhD, is Professor and Co-Leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. Her research explores how psychosocial and behavioral factors may influence cancer risk and outcomes, particularly among racial/ethnic minority and underserved populations. She is the PI of several NIH-funded multidisciplinary grants that examine biobehavioral pathways contributing to health disparities among Asian Americans, with a particular focus on acculturative stress and biomarkers of disease risk. Dr. Fang is a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), a member of the Pennsylvania Cancer Coalition, and a recent appointee to the NCI Cancer Prevention Steering Committee. She was awarded the American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Control Award for her achievements in addressing cancer health disparities.
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