The issue of obtaining informed consent is tricky—especially when you are asking a relative of a deceased patient for their loved one's organs. But, what if you are asking them to donate something most people have never heard of?
How relatives are asked for consent for tissue donation for biobanking, and what they remember, is the focus of research by Dean Laura Siminoff and a team of researchers as part of the Genotype-Tissue Expression project (GTEx), an NIH-funded project. The goal of GTEx is to collect tissue samples from 900 donors—all of whom are recently deceased.
In Philadelphia, 28 percent of residents live in poverty. To teach its students about poverty, The College of Public Health's nursing department has been running "poverty simulations" for the past two years. They are exercises, run by faculty and community members, intended to teach nursing students what poverty is truly like – with a shortage of money and a lot of stress. The Philadelphia Inquirer visited us during a recent simulation and spoke with students and community members about the experience.