Fighting Stigma with Knowledge: RETI Fellow Brandon Brown Focuses on Peru

Dr. Brandon Brown
Dr. Brandon Brown

By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.

A new video from the University of California Irvine attempts to decrease the stigma attached to HIV through the personal stories of those affected by HIV/AIDS in Peru. Focusing on the only gay men’s health community center in Peru (Epicentro), the video features the work of Dr. Brandon Brown, the director of the Global Health Research Education and Translation (GHREAT) Initiative in the Program in Public Health at UC Irvine and a Fordham University HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) fellow.

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Opportunity to Submit Comments for the Office of Disease Prevention Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014–2018

The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) has announced the release of a Request for Information to gather broad public input on the ODP Draft Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014–2018. The draft plan outlines the priorities that the Office will focus on over the next 5 years and highlights ODP’s role in advancing prevention research at the NIH.

Dr. David M. Murray writes:

The draft plan was developed with input from NIH scientific and planning experts, other federal agencies, the extramural research community, professional societies, the health care sector, and the general public. Based on this feedback, six strategic priorities were selected as the framework for the plan. The priorities represent the breadth of ODP activities and allow for emerging areas of opportunity to be incorporated into Office activities. The priorities are not mutually exclusive and are not presented in order of importance. It is anticipated that outcomes associated with each objective will contribute to the overall success of the Office in achieving our vision.

The ODP invites input on the draft strategic plan via the online Request for Information. While respondents are encouraged to review and provide feedback on any part of the draft document, comments on the six strategic priorities and related objectives are encouraged.

Interested parties may include, but are not limited to, prevention researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific and professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the view of their organization or membership as a whole.

Please share with your colleagues this opportunity to provide comments. We are interested in obtaining input from a variety of stakeholders on the draft strategic plan. To ensure consideration, responses must be received by November 22, 2013.

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The Scientist-Citizen Dilemma and Moral Stress

Many of the ethical challenges faced by researchers conducting community-based studies with persons addicted to street drugs can be understood in terms of the “scientist-citizen dilemma.” This dilemma arises when researcher’s ethical obligation to produce scientifically valid knowledge conflicts with their sense of moral responsibility to help participants living in poverty with little access to treatment.

Frontline research staff engaged in the practical process of moral agency who encounter such dilemmas on a daily basis often experience moral stress when they cannot actualize these dual values via their work. Such stress may lead them to take actions that while assisting research participants in need jeopardize the validity of the study conducted.  In a recent article, Dr. Celia B. Fisher and her colleagues examined the consequences of moral stress among drug use community researchers and the organizational climates that can reduce or exacerbate these moral conflicts.

To read the full article, please see:

Fisher, C. B., True, G., Alexander, L., & Fried, A. L. (2013). Moral stress, moral practice, and ethical climate in community-based drug-use research: Views from the front line. AJOB Primary Research4(3), 27-38.

For the Love of Animals: Fordham Professor Examines Christian Ethics and the Treatment of Animals in New Book


About 10 years ago, Charles Camosy decided to give up eating meat. Camosy, an assistant professor of Christian Ethics at Fordham University, believed that this change in diet was necessary in order to be authentically and consistently Christian and pro-life.

In his new book, For the Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action, Camosy makes the argument that Christian ethics and doctrine require the moral treatment of animals, and are therefore incompatible with the consumption of meat. Using history and scripture, Camosy discusses the roots of this Christian belief, before examining how these ideas translate into everyday life. He asks questions regarding whether Christians should eat meat, and what sort of medical research on animals can be justified, in addition to considering the ethics of pet ownership and hunting.

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Using Theatre to Promote Social Justice and Inspire Transformative Action

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Members of the Theatre of the Oppressed NYC at a performance.

By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.

The most powerful art can do more than entertain us: it can also inform, engage, and challenge our points of view. The Theatre of the Oppressed NYC aims to do all four.

The Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) was founded in November 2010 by Katy Rubin, when, upon returning to New York City from Brazil, she discovered a lack of “popular theatre” — interactive theatre created by communities facing oppression — in the city.

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Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum and Classroom Climate

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On October 2, 2013, the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education hosted a discussion with faculty and teaching fellows across a broad array of disciplines on creating LGBTQ inclusive curricula and welcoming classroom experiences.

The discussion included brief presentations by Fordham faculty from different departments and honest discussion illuminating opportunities for and challenges of creating LGBTQ curricula and welcoming classroom climate.

list of recommendations and teaching resources emerged from this very fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue. Some of the recommendations include challenging heterosexist assumptions, developing inclusive (rather than “us versus them”) terminology, and increasing visibility of LGBTQ role models and allies.

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NIH Grant Applications and the Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has today issued a notice to the extramural grantee community regarding the lapse of federal government funding.

Depending on the length of the funding lapse, once NIH non-excepted staff are authorized to resume operations, it will take time for full operations to be resumed. In other words: prepare to wait.

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