January 10, 2014 ( Friday )

Grand Rounds
7:30am - 8:30am

Robert Civitelli, M.D.

Sydney M. and Stella H. Schoenberg Professor of Medicine,
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and of Cell Biology and Physiology,
Chief, Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases,
Washington University in St. Louis

"A New View at Cortical Bone Modeling: Connexin43 and Mechanical Load"

Research Interests: The long term goal of the laboratory is to elucidate the cellular and molecular basis of bone remodeling. Specifically the laboratory is interested in how derangement of intercellular communication might lead to the generalized demineralization that occurs in many metabolic bone diseases, most importantly, osteoporosis By understanding these mechanisms, one can then devise novel treatment to treat metabolic bone diseases.

Location:  K-307

Posted by:  Linda Hurst, Medicine, 5-Dec-13 1:16pm ET

Grand Rounds
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Race, Gender, and Empathy in Medical Education: The Case of Henrietta Lacks

Sarah L. Berry, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Rebecca Skloot's bestselling book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) exposes the impact of social inequality on the health and quality of life of African Americans, particularly women. Through telling the private stories of Lacks and her daughters, Skloot actively solicits readers' empathy. The book's popularity and widespread adoption in medical schools raises the stakes of investigating how it is read and taught. While the book is praised for promoting empathy for African American women as exploited medical subjects in the past, a closer look reveals that Skloot employs a subject-to-object form of empathy that reinforces white privilege in the present. By contrast, we can read critically against Skloot's bias to develop subject-to-subject empathy (which enables mutual recognition and agency) for the Lacks women. This interactive presentation will introduce the concept of intersubjective empathy and outline African American women's medical vulnerability and then ask attendees to apply this critical framework to selected passages in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (prior familiarity with the book is not necessary).

Location:  K-207 (2-6408)

Posted by:  Mary Fisher, Medical Humanities, 26-Dec-13 2:22pm ET