Workshop Focuses on Successful Community-Based Research

Long-term study on communities is most effective when researchers and communities are engaged, consulted and collaborative. Community-based participatory research can yield meaningful data over the life of the relationship if researchers and community stakeholders maneuver through challenges.

The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, with the University of Houston Center for Public Policy and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, offers the "2010 Community-Based Participatory Research Workshop: Reducing Barriers Between Researchers and Communities."

The two-day workshop begins April 8 on the UH campus. This is the second year for the event. Last year more than a hundred researchers from Houston and out of state attended.

"Our goal is to provide concepts and models that will help both communities and researchers be successful problem solvers," said Joan Sieber, editor-in-chief for the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. "The concepts are not new, but they simply have not been brought together as a toolkit for people to consider as they plan projects or confront challenges that threaten to derail ongoing projects."

Among the topics are:

  • Understanding the risks of community-based research and learning how to make it safe and equitable
  • Finding funding
  • New technologies and their ethical implications
  • Recognizing and resolving individual value and cultural issues
  • Gatekeepers of community research and development 

The group also will examine examples of successful community-based participatory research.

"The workshop will be valuable for people engaged in translational research," said workshop coordinator Mike Angel. "This bench-to-bedside and back approach is not purely biomedical. Today's translational research involves teams of researchers from various fields, including the social sciences, plus participation by community leaders and advocates."

Linda Silka, director for the Center for Family, Work and Community at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and James O'Leary, chief innovation officer for Genetic Alliance, will be keynote speakers for the workshop.

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2010 Community-Based Participatory Research Workshop

"Reducing Barriers Between Researchers and Communities"
WHEN: April 8 - 9
WHERE: University of Houston (check program schedule: