Human research subjects topic of June 5 Science Cafe

Medical research on humans is the topic of the next Omaha Science Cafe on June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Medical research on humans is the topic of the next Omaha Science Café on June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Bruce Gordon, M.D., professor and division chief of pediatric hematology/oncology and stem cell transplantation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will discuss the history, ethics and regulation of human subject research.

Dr. Gordon has been a member of the UNMC Institutional Review Board since 1992 and served as chair since 1996 and executive chair since 2011. He also organized and is first chair of a joint pediatric Institutional Review Board with Children's Hospital and Medical Center.

The IRB provides oversight of all clinical trials and research involving human subjects. It was implemented to protect human subjects by reviewing biomedical and behavioral research to make sure it is safe for participants.

Dr. Gordon has served on a variety of national committees and task forces (including the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections Subpart A Subcommittee) and served as the first chairman of the National Cancer Institute Pediatric Central IRB.

He is the author of numerous original papers, review articles and abstracts regarding human subjects protection and research ethics.

Science Cafe is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC and other groups to increase the population’s science literacy. Hosted by UNMC, Bio Nebraska and the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Science Cafes are held the first Tuesday of each month in Omaha and one Thursday every other month in Lincoln.

Free pizza, available for the first 50 people, will be provided by Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. For more information about Science Cafes, go to www.unmc.edu/sciencecafe.

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Lisa Spellman
UNMC Public Relations
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