Clinical Research and Leadership Professor Shawneequa Callier, J.D., M.A., weighs in on the implications of human genome research. She currently teaches online health sciences courses in bioethics and health care law. Callier, a self-proclaimed fan of social media, enjoys teaching online. She utilizes discussion boards and reflection journals, and says that “unlike in a classroom where five to 10 students might speak all the time, I know what’s going on in every single student’s head.”
When she’s not teaching, Callier is immersed in her research. As a co-investigator on a grant funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, she addresses the ethical, legal, and social issues raised in personalized medicine within the context of comparative effectiveness research (CER).
“There is a potential conflict between CER and personalized medicine,” Callier explains. “CER aims to identify the most efficient and effective strategies for treating the average patient suffering from a particular disease, but personalized medicine focuses on medical interventions tailored to fit each person’s unique genetic profile. Ideally, the two will evolve together so that providers can place patients into subgroups and then pinpoint the most cost-efficient strategies for each person within those subgroups.”
In the Race for Research
Kristin Ceniccola, third-year Ph.D. student at SMHS, feels at home standing before a lab bench collecting and analyzing data for her latest research project. After all, it’s what she does best, and she has the award to prove it.
Making the Rounds
“Match Day is a phenomenal day in the life of a medical student,” said Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, G.M.E. ’85, vice president for health affairs and dean of SMHS. “Our students match with some of the leading medical institutions in the country.”