LMAMR Faculty Receive NIH “Center of Excellence” Funding

LMAMR Faculty Receive NIH “Center of Excellence” Funding

LMAMR research affiliate Paul Spicer (Professor, Department of Anthropology) along with Co-Director Cecil Lewis and the Amanda Cobb-Greetham (Director of American Indian Studies) are awarded a National Human Genome Research Institute Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) Research grant (1RM1HG009042-01). This grant will fund their Center on American Indian and Alaska Native Genomic Research. The ELSI program was established in 1990 to promote inquiry into the implications of advances in genomic knowledge. The OU Center focuses on research, education, and training on the implications of genomics in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. American Indian and Alaska Native communities have been at the forefront of debates about genomics and the proposed Center seeks to advance these dialogues through deliberation, identifying where opportunities to develop this research may lie and to articulate protocols that limit the research to areas of value to tribes. The program draws on OU’s strengths in cultural and biological anthropology, Native American studies, law, and communication. Scientists from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation also lend core expertise in the science of genomics. All of the Center’s research will be community-based, with an initial consortium that includes the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in SD, the Chickasaw Nation in OK, and Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, AK.