BU law student on health disparities and medical research

En Español tambien! By Michael Rugnetta On HuffPo:

I believe that to capture the necessary genetic diversity to study the drivers of health disparities, America’s research agenda must include a broad swath of the Latino population. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has so far committed $61 million to observe more than 16,000 Latinos over six years through the Hispanic Community Health Study, the nation’s largest longitudinal study of Latinos. Yet there is still so much more to be gained by incorporating the study of Latino populations into other research projects. But the research process does not end with research funding decisions. Clinical and biomedical research practices must also be more responsive to patients, who should be empowered to tell researchers and doctors what kinds of questions they want research to answer.

…Michael Rugnetta is a 2L at BU Law and a former Research Assistant to Jonathan Moreno for the Progressive Bioethics Initiative at the Center for American Progress. A native of Philadelphia, Rugnetta graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2007 with a double major in political science and cognitive science.



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