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  1. 1. American Indian and Alaska Native Genetics Research Policy Formulation Meeting February 7 – 9, 2001 Summary Meeting Report A meeting funded jointly by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and National Human Genome Research Institute
  2. 2. Wadsworth, NV Brett Lee Shelton, J.D., M.A. Meeting Director of Policy and Research Indigenous Peoples Council on Participants Jeffrey A. Henderson, M.D., Biocolonialism M.P.H. Wadsworth, NV President and CEO Malcolm Bowekaty, B.A., Black Hills Center for American C.H.E.S. Indian Health Paul Spicer, Ph.D. Governor Rapid City, SD Assistant Professor Pueblo of Zuni, NM American Indian and Alaska Native Programs Marlene Jasperse, M.S., PhD University of Colorado Health Jay C. Butler, M.D. (c) Sciences Center Director University of New Mexico Denver, CO Arctic Investigations Program Albuquerque, NM Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Lisa S. Sterling, M.A., Ph.D. Anchorage, AK William Knowler, M.D., (ABD) Dr.P.H. Director of Research Section Chief National Aboriginal Health Rae Mae-Ling Chang, M.P.H Diabetes and Arthritis Epidemiology Organization Executive Director National Institute of Diabetes, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Hui No Ke Ola Pono Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH Wailuku, HI Phoenix, AZ Michael E. Zwick, Ph.D. McKusick-Nathans Institute of Chester Clark, M.D., M.P.H. Jeffrey C. Long, Ph.D. Genetic Medicine Indian Health Service Senior Investigator Johns Hopkins University School of Rockville, MD Laboratory of Neurogenetics Medicine National Institute on Alcohol Abuse Baltimore, MD Laura Commanda, M.S.W. and Alcoholism, NIH Rockville, MD National Council of Ethics in Human Research Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Philip Lowenthal, J.D. Meeting Hui No Ke Ola Pono Organizer Dena S. Davis, J.D., Ph.D. Wailuku, HI Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Jean E. McEwen, J.D., Ph.D. SRFS/Rio Rancho Mailing Program Director Charlotte A. Romero-Garcia, Thomas J. Drouhard, M.D. Ethical, Legal, and Social B.P.A. Implications Research Program Executive Director Tuba City Indian Medical Center National Human Genome Research 210 A Enterprise Rd NE Tuba City, AZ Institute, NIH Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Bethesda, MD Phone: (505) 891-4294 William Freeman, M.D., srfsrio@aol.com M.P.H. Ben Muneta, M.D. Director Indian Health Service Indian Health Service Research Albuquerque, NM Rockville, MD Report Clifton A. Poodry, Ph.D. Information Connie Z. Garcia, M.A. Minority Opportunities in Research Albuquerque Area Indian Health Division Board, Inc. National Institute of General Medical Francine C. Romero, Ph.D. Albuquerque, NM Sciences, NIH NPAIHB/The EpiCenter Bethesda, MD 527 SW Hall Street, Suite 300 Roger Gollub, M.D. Portland, OR 97201 Albuquerque Area Indian Health Phone: (503) 416-3286 Terry J. M. Powell fromero@npaihb.org Service Deputy Chairperson Albuquerque, NM Alaska Area IHS Research Committee Alaska Native Medical Center Judith H. Greenberg, Ph.D. Anchorage, AK Director Lisa J. Preston Division of Genetics and Division of Information Resources Developmental Biology Indian Health Service National Institute of General Tucson, AZ Medical Sciences, NIH Bethesda, MD Carolyn M. Robbins Debra Harry, M.S. CM Robbins and Associates Executive Director Bellingham, WA Indigenous People’s Council on Biocolonialism 2
  3. 3. American Indian and Alaska Native Genetics Research Policy Formulation Meeting February 7 – 9, 2001 Rio Rancho, New Mexico A Summary Meeting Report Table of Contents INTRODUCTION.....................................................................................................5 STATEMENT OF NEED..........................................................................................5 CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE .............................................................6 CONFERENCE MODERATORS ............................................................................6 CONFERENCE SITE ..............................................................................................6 CONFERENCE AGENDA.......................................................................................6 CONFERENCE RESULTS......................................................................................6 Segment One: Tribal Concerns and Expectations Regarding Genetics Research ............................... 7 Governor, Malcolm Bowekaty (Zuni Pueblo)................................................................................ 7 Marla Jasperse (Navajo) ........................................................................................................... 8 Rae Mei-Ling Chang (Kanaka Maoli) ......................................................................................... 8 Terry Powell (Alaska Native) .................................................................................................... 8 Lisa Preston (Tohono O’odham) ................................................................................................ 9 Connie Garcia (Acoma Pueblo) .................................................................................................. 9 Ben Muneta (Navajo) ............................................................................................................... 9 Debra Harry ......................................................................................................................... 10 Clifton Poodry (Seneca) ......................................................................................................... 10 Jeffrey Henderson (Lakota, Cheyenne River Sioux) ..................................................................... 10 Brett Lee Shelton .................................................................................................................. 10 3
  4. 4. Carolyn Robbins (Aleut) ......................................................................................................... 11 Summary Segment One ............................................................................................................ 11 Segment Two: Researcher Perspectives Regarding Genetics Research ........................................... 11 Jeffrey C. Long (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) ........................................... 11 Clifton Poodry (National Institute of General Medical Sciences) .................................................... 13 Judith Greenberg (National Institute of General Medical Sciences) ................................................. 13 Jeff Henderson (Black Hills Center for American Indian Health) .................................................... 13 Michael Zwick (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) ..................................................... 13 Thomas Drouhard (Indian Health Service) ................................................................................. 14 William Knowler (National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases) ............................. 14 William Freeman (Indian Health Service) .................................................................................. 14 Summary Segment Two ........................................................................................................... 15 Segment Three: Review Board’s Perspectives Regarding Genetics Research .................................. 15 Indian Health Service National Institutional Review Board: William Freeman .................................. 15 Navajo Nation: Marla Jasperse and Thomas Drouhard .................................................................. 16 Dr. Drouhard relayed his frustrations in dealing with the many layers of approval processes required, but stated that he learned to respect and appreciate the importance of tribal and IRB review. ..................... 16 Alaska: Terry Powell and Jay Butler ........................................................................................ 16 Indigenous People’s Council on Biocolonialism: Debra Harry and Brett Shelton ............................... 17 National Institutes of Health: Judith Greenberg and Jean McEwen .................................................. 17 National Indian Health Service Institutional Review Board: Roger Gollub, Lisa Preston, Connie Garcia, Malcolm Bowekaty ............................................................................................................... 18 Summary Segment Three ......................................................................................................... 18 Segment Four: Developing Documents Contributing to a Genetic Research Policy - Education and Capacity Building .................................................................................................................... 19 Summary Segment Four: Next Steps .......................................................................................... 19 Report Summary: Formulating the Genetics Research Policy ....................................................... 21 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS .....................................................................................22 APPENDIX A. RESOURCES DISTRIBUTED PRIOR TO THE MEETING ..........23 APPENDIX B. RESOURCES DISTRIBUTED DURING THE MEETING..............25 APPENDIX C. IHS GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTING AND COMPLYING WITH IHS POLICY ON SPECIMENS, DRAFT AS OF APRIL 25, 2001 ...............26 4
  5. 5. American Indian and Alaska Native Genetics Research Policy Formulation Meeting February 7 – 9, 2001 A Summary Meeting Report Prepared by Francine C. Romero, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator Introduction participants agree with or support each idea discussed at the meeting or contained within this The American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) summary report. The views presented in this Genetics Research Policy Formulation Meeting working document reflect the opinions of the was held in Rio Rancho, New Mexico from meeting participants and should not be interpreted February 7 – 9, 2001. The National Institute of as the view of any tribe, institution, or General Medical Sciences and National Human government organization. Genome Research Institute jointly funded the meeting. The formulation meeting was attended Two weeks before the meeting, participants were by Malcolm Bowekaty, Jay Butler, Mei-Ling sent a binder of background resource materials. A Chang, Chester Clarke, Laura Commanda, Dena listing of the resource materials is included in Davis, Thomas Drouhard, William Freeman, Appendix A. Resource materials that were Connie Z. Garcia, Roger Gollub, Judith distributed during the meeting are listed in Greenberg, Debra Harry, Jeff Henderson, Marlene Appendix B. Among the resource materials Jasperse, William Knowler, Jeff Long, Philip distributed prior to the meeting was “IHS Lowenthal, Jean McEwen, Ben Muneta, Clifton Guidelines for implementing and complying with Poodry, Terry J. M. Powell, Lisa Preston, Carolyn IHS Policy on specimens.” The most current M. Robbins, Francine C. Romero, Brett L. draft of this document is included in Appendix C. Shelton, Paul Spicer, Lisa S. Sterling, and Michael E. Zwick. Participants were invited Statement of Need based largely on their interest and availability. They represent a group of concerned individuals In recent decades, all humanity has witnessed interested in providing a public service. unprecedented changes and advances in genetics research. The sequencing of the human genome, The purpose of the meeting was to begin the polymerase chain reaction, and automated process of creating procedures and documents that sequencers are all examples of relatively recent could be instructive to both tribal communities developments that have changed the face of and researchers about the conduct of genetics genetics research forever. Not surprisingly, the research involving American Indian and Alaska genetics technology does not necessarily run Native people and their communities. The parallel to the policy surrounding specimen use meeting was not organized as a summit of and storage, human subjects protections, and representative genetics research issues, but was ethical considerations, especially with regard to intended to be an intense round-table work research with special populations. session with discussion of tribal concerns, tribal expectations, the process of research, existing Historically, the experience of American Indians genetic studies, research codes, and existing and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) with research in genetics policies. No formal presentations were general has contributed to their distrust of given. genetics research, particularly human migration studies. There are vast, often unrecognized, The summary report was written from meeting cultural differences between indigenous and notes taken separately by Dena Davis, Rae Mae- western peoples. Furthermore, there is great Ling Chang, and Francine Romero. All meeting cultural diversity among indigenous peoples. participants were given the opportunity to review Failure to communicate or recognize these and to make both editorial and content changes to differences can result in faulty research, ‘bad the summary report. The readers of this blood’ between the researchers and tribal document should not assume that all meeting 5
  6. 6. communities, and distrust of research by native 3:15 p.m. Break individuals and tribal communities. 3:30 p.m. Discussion of the Tribal Perspective 5:30 p.m. Adjourn for Day 1 This summary report encapsulates valuable contributions made by the meeting participants regarding genetics research and testifies to the February 8, 2001 – Setting the Research ongoing efforts of individuals to make the field of Agenda, the Researcher Perspective genetics research accountable to native peoples. Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey C. Long Conference Planning Committee 8:00 a.m. Opening Prayer, Mr. Celestino Romero (Jemez Pueblo) There was no formal conference planning 8:30 a.m. Setting the Research Agenda, the committee although Drs. Freeman and Poodry Researcher Perspective provided valuable guidance to Dr. Romero. The 10:00 a.m. Break conference grant proposal was prepared and 10:15 a.m. Discussion of the Researcher submitted by Dr. Francine C. Romero. Once Perspective funds were secured, all participants were invited 1:00 p.m. Break to attend by Dr. Romero. Several criteria guided the invitation process: (1) for Native participants, 1:15 p.m. Setting the Codes and Policy knowledge of traditional and cultural concerns Agenda, the Review Boards Perspective regarding research; (2) for researchers, experience Moderator: Dr. William L. Freeman and expertise in genetics; and (3) for agency representatives, interest and concern regarding 3:00 p.m. Break genetics research. The size of the meeting was 3:15 p.m. Discussion of the Review Boards determined by both the structure of the meeting Perspective and funding. 5:30 p.m. Adjourn for Day 2 Conference Moderators February 9, 2001 – Formulating the Policy: Education and Capacity Building Moderators led the four main sections of the Moderator: Dr. Clifton Poodry meeting. The conference moderators included Drs. William Freeman, Jeffrey C. Long, Clifton 8:00 a.m. Opening Prayer, Mr. Frank Fragua Poodry, and Francine C. Romero. The (Jemez Pueblo) moderators were chosen because of their 8:30 a.m. Formulating the Policy: Education knowledge of genetics and research and because and Capacity Building of their ability to handle difficult questions, 10:15 a.m. Break topics, and discussions. 10:30 a.m. Work Groups and Time Frames 1:00 p.m. Meeting Adjourns Conference Site Conference Results The Best Western Inn at Rio Rancho in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was chosen as the The genetics research policy formulation meeting conference site because of its proximity to the was conducted in four segments. The first conference organizer, Shipping, Receiving & segment concentrated on tribal concerns and tribal Fulfillment Services (SRFS), and to the Rio expectations. The second segment concentrated Grande Pueblos. on the process of research and existing genetics studies. The third segment concentrated on Conference Agenda existing research codes and genetics policies. The fourth segment concentrated on the synthesis of February 7, 2001 – Setting the Research the ideas and needs presented at the conference. Agenda, the Tribal Perspective. In this section each segment is presented Moderator: Dr. Francine C. Romero separately. 1:00 p.m. Welcome Prayer, Governor Malcolm During each segment, individuals representing Bowekaty (Zuni Pueblo) each of the respective areas of tribal perspectives, 1:15 p.m. Introductions, Overview of Meeting researcher perspectives, or review board Objectives perspectives were provided with opportunity to 2:00 p.m. Setting the Research Agenda, the express their concerns, ideas, or experiences Tribal Perspective regarding genetics research. There was an 6
  7. 7. ongoing question and answer session as each on the research question. A subcommittee within individual within a given segment spoke. After the tribe is formed to conduct an initial review. all the individuals within a segment had spoken, The subcommittee reviews how the outcomes will general discussion ensued for the remainder of be measured, the analyses to be conducted, the time within each respective segment. benefits to the local community, any community capacity building activities, the requirements for Although all meeting participants contributed to the facilitation of the research (e.g., will a each segment of the meeting, each individual is translator be necessary?), and the ethical not recognized for their comments in the considerations. summary report. The exclusion of individuals is in no way to infer that their individual If the subcommittee review goes well, they will contributions were not worth repeating or request a full proposal from the researcher. The important. To the contrary, the contributions of full proposal includes samples of any survey each individual were extremely valuable. If more instruments to be used. If the project does not than one person expressed the same idea, their involve the Indian Health Service (IHS), only the statement or idea was not repeated but was instead tribal health board will review the full proposal. incorporated into the concepts summarized at the If the project involves the IHS, the investigators end of each segment (without reference to who must also submit their proposal to the National said the particular statement). IHS Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review. In addition to the document, Governor Bowekaty In the following paragraphs, individual said he requests a site visit by the researchers so contributors are identified by name and affiliation that they can tour the local hospital and tribal with a narrative of their key ideas and points museum. The researcher is informed of tribal provided. taboos regarding bodily specimens. The site visit is seen as an indication of both the researcher and Segment One: Tribal Concerns and Expectations institution’s commitment to the project. In return, Regarding Genetics Research the Governor stresses that the Zuni also expect to be able to have access to the sponsoring Governor, Malcolm Bowekaty (Zuni Pueblo) university, institute, or company for a site visit from the tribe. Governor of Zuni, Malcolm Bowekaty, delivered a comprehensive overview of the conduct of In the full review process, the tribe will seek any (genetics) research in tribal communities. necessary technical assistance for accurate Governor Bowekaty outlined for the group his interpretation of the protocol. The investigators tribal expectations of researchers, of the research will be asked if they are willing to provide process, and of his community’s role in the insurance above and beyond what the IHS research process. The expertise and review provides should injuries occur. The reviewers system currently present within Governor will pay particular attention to sample size, Bowekaty’s community is a result of experience. benefits, and interpretation. The instruments and Similar to other tribal communities, the Zuni are tools are reviewed for their cultural experiencing high rates of disease and limited appropriateness and sensitivity. If bodily resources. It is of utmost importance that any specimens are to be collected, the review research conducted with the Zuni people be committee expects storage, access, and ownership conducted respectfully and to the benefit of the issues to be clearly defined. The tribe owns the tribal members. data and is co-author on any publications. The tribe reserves the right to review all manuscripts Governor Bowekaty said a researcher should have before publication. respect for the Zuni people and must also earn the respect of the Zuni people. The Governor said the Once approval is given to a particular research researcher should have the community learn about project, yearly status updates are required. The his/her background, training, interests, and family. project is expected to work with existing tribal A researcher should first approach the community programs. The tribal program staff fulfills any by way of a letter of intent. The letter should translation needs. The ensuing results are summarize the research objectives, the value of evaluated on the basis of benefits to the tribe. the research, the research hypotheses, the benefits of the outcomes to the tribal people, the The tribal review process is a forum to answer background on the research topic, and the community questions and to facilitate discussion. outcomes of the previous work. The tribe expects The underlying concern of the tribal leadership is copies of reprints and copies of relevant literature the health of their community members. The 7
  8. 8. leadership is looking at the bigger picture of result of the mishandling of body specimens public health and is willing to work with separated from the body. researchers who want to work with them. Governor Bowekaty stressed that a researcher Ms. Jasperse believes that the community must be should not try to evade the tribal system. involved in the genetic research process. She is adamant that the project goals, objectives, and The Governor and his tribal community recognize results be of benefit and be carried out as initially that the next phase of research involves genetics. proposed. Indeed, this ‘new’ approach had already been prophesized by the elders. The Governor Ms. Jasperse reiterates that we need to train our recognizes the controversial issues stirred by own people to become the researchers. We need genetics but also understands that controversial to train our own people to both understand the issues can be overcome. He takes very seriously issues involved with genetic research and to his role of understanding the threats of genetic remember basic respect for people. research while weighing the benefits. He states it is up to him and the tribal council to sift through Rae Mei-Ling Chang (Kanaka Maoli) the issues while giving the community an opportunity to speak. He underscored the power Ms. Chang has worked closely with families of the collective memory of people and explained experiencing hereditary disease and has how community norms are established. experienced first-hand the promise and perils of genetics research. Because of her work with Governor Bowekaty is looking at the future needs affected families, Ms. Chang has become of his community and realizes that the optimal knowledgeable in recent years about the laws and scenario includes his own people as the principles of ethics regarding genetics research. researchers. Although many of the individuals Ms. Chang works with are angry and disappointed, Ms. Marla Jasperse (Navajo) Chang continues to recognize the value of science and research. Ms. Jasperse has played an important role in the representation of American Indians at national Ms. Chang is an active member of the National meetings. Her experience with community-based IHS IRB. Her knowledge and experience with projects has served as a guide in her discussions human subjects protection and principles of ethics of community perceptions regarding genetic will help families and individuals who have been research. Ms. Jasperse has learned from elders injured by genetics research. that the threats of genetics are based on the compromising of the sacred. The elders stress The Kanaka Maoli believe that every piece of an that genetic research is not the same as other types individual’s body contains a life force, Mana, of research because it deals with an individual’s which flows through the universe. The disruption body parts. The bodily specimens that are of Mana causes disease. The Kanaka Maoli currently used to extract deoxyribonucleic acid believe an individual is more than the sum of their (DNA), e.g., blood, hair, and saliva, are very genes. To see the whole of the Kanaka Maoli, a sacred to the Navajo. The respect for the body as researcher must look at the whole and understand a whole and the parts that come from the body how everything is related to everything else. The have to be dealt with in the most respectful way Kanaka Maoli want their culture and all else that possible. The elders are skeptical of genetic is sacred to them to be understood within the research because researchers have disrupted context of their cosmology. If a researcher takes existing sacred arenas. any aspect of their culture out of context, the researcher will get something artificial. The Navajo Nation is one of the few tribes who Moreover, when a researcher fails to respect the have formed their own human subjects review Kanaka Maoli worldview, the researcher will committees. Ms. Jasperse states that the approval cause disruption that may result in illness and process must include an informed consent form injury to the Kanaka Maoli. that respects the Navajo perspective. The parameters for data collection, data storage, and Terry Powell (Alaska Native) data disposal must be acceptable. Ms. Jasperse states that the concept of anonymity does not ring Ms. Powell is a community member and co-chair true for the Navajo because anonymous samples of the Alaska Area IHS IRB. She and her fellow do not disassociate from the individual. Indeed, community members, although not formally among the Navajo, most illness is attributed to the schooled in scientific research methods, 8
  9. 9. thoroughly review and criticize research asked to explain why the genetics research is truly proposals, and are often able to recommend necessary within the context of the health and changes that will enhance the potential benefit to economic priorities of the Tohono O’odham. participants without reducing scientific merit. Second, the researcher will be asked to explain the use of body specimens because among the Ms. Powell reminds researchers to do their Tohono O’odham the use of body specimens is homework when proposing to do research with a not acceptable. tribal community. The recommendation to do background research applies not only to the Connie Garcia (Acoma Pueblo) history and culture of the native group, but also to practical things. For example, Ms. Powell Ms. Garcia is personally touched by the world of encourages any researcher who is interested in clinical trials, genetic counselors, and genetic tests conducting research in Alaska to be cognizant of because she has a granddaughter with subsistence hunting and fishing. In Alaska, for holoprosencephaly, a fatal genetic disorder. The example, there will be times of the year when data challenges of having an affected granddaughter is collection would be nearly impossible because an compounded by the complexities of heredity, of entire village will be out fishing. feeling responsible for passing the genes that made her granddaughter sick. Ms. Garcia and her As a rule of thumb, Ms. Powell also encourages family were not prepared to deal with the issues researchers to remember the human element. She of genetics, and they know the ramifications of suggests researchers treat native participants the her granddaughter’s condition will affect a lot of same way they would treat members of their own people. families if they were participating in a research project. Ms. Powell strongly advises researchers Ms. Garcia shares many words of wisdom with to ensure that participants are truly informed of researchers: integrity, honor, acknowledgement, the research protocol and to be mindful of and understanding. Ms. Garcia stresses to translation needs. Be respectful and do not take researchers to be true to oneself. No matter what advantage of people who may not know what they reason a researcher has for going into research or are voluntarily agreeing to participate in. Ms. for choosing a particular field of research, he/she Powell takes her responsibilities as an IRB should always remember to do no harm. Ms. member very seriously and will not hesitate to Garcia instructs researchers to honor native keep researchers in check. people. Although native people may walk a different path, we are all walking through this life Lisa Preston (Tohono O’odham) together. Even if our belief systems are different and one person believes in heaven while another Ms. Preston is an active community member of believes in the spirit world, our spirits exist. Do the National IHS IRB and serves as primary not harm the spirits. reviewer of informed consent forms for several genetics research protocols. Ms. Preston Ms. Garcia instructs researchers to acknowledge reiterates to researchers the need to respect honesty. If the researcher needs body specimens, people, traditions, cultures, and tribal be honest about the need for specimens. Do not governments. Ms. Preston briefly outlined the couch genetic research as anything other than different review process that a researcher would what it is. The tribe, in turn, will be honest in need to go through at Tohono O’odham compared responding with what they are willing to do or not to the processes a researcher encounters at Zuni. do. Lastly, Ms. Garcia stresses to researchers the Whereas at Zuni, a single tribal council made the need to understand. She acknowledges that it is decision on whether or not to agree to participate equally important to understand as to be in a research project, the Tohono O’odham have understood. Ms. Garcia is anxious to share her 11 districts, each with a district council. Similar experiences so that those whom she teaches will to Zuni, committees make recommendations to go on and teach others. In sharing these words of the legislative council. These recommendations, wisdom, Ms. Garcia is paying tribute and staying however, can be referred to the people who reside true to the teachings of her grandmother. in three major localities. Not surprisingly, each of these bodies has different meeting schedules. Ben Muneta (Navajo) Ms. Preston also underlined a couple of key Dr. Muneta stressed the importance of educating questions a genetics researcher will encounter scientists on culture and tradition. Specifically, when proposing a genetics research project to a Dr. Muneta expressed concern about researchers native community. First, the researcher will be not always having respect for those that are 9
  10. 10. deceased. In most native cultures there is However, Dr. Poodry pointed out that tribes do reverence for the deceased, and it is sacrilegious have conditions they would like to have studied. to conduct research on the deceased. Dr. Muneta For example, Dr. Poodry’s tribe may be open to asked researchers to be responsible to people and having their prevalence of arthritis studied further. to be fair in the work they are doing. For If a researcher is truly interested in benefits to the example, it is not acceptable to obviate tribal community, part of the homework could involve relationships with skeletal remains so that studies finding out the concerns and priorities for that can be conducted. tribal community. Debra Harry Jeffrey Henderson (Lakota, Cheyenne River Sioux) Ms. Harry underlined the importance of communicating with tribal councils and ensuring Dr. Henderson is very familiar with both the that tribes have been consulted and are well clinical care needs and research needs of native informed about the proposed genetics project. peoples. Dr. Henderson is currently co- Ms. Harry expressed concern about the validity of investigator for the Strong Heart Study – Dakota genetic research in the face of unmet social and Center, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and medical conditions challenging tribal Blood Institute of NIH. Similar to the Zuni and communities. Ms. Harry also questioned the Navajo, the Cheyenne River Sioux have been premise for conducting genetics research on extensively exposed to research and have a formal behavioral conditions (for example, alcoholism) review and approval process for research. A key or on physical conditions caused by certain question for the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe is behaviors (for example, diabetes resulting from “How will this research project affect our tribal poor diet and heart disease resulting from tobacco sovereignty?” A researcher first must first present use). his/her study to the health committee. The health committee reviews the proposal and, if favorable, Ms. Harry was concerned about who takes makes a recommendation and writes a resolution responsibility to protect the rights of community in support of the project to the tribal council. The members, who gives authorization for research to researcher then presents his/her study to the full be conducted, and who has ultimate responsibility tribal council simultaneously with a review of the to monitor the harms that can result from genetics proposal by the tribe’s legal department to ensure research. There currently is no line of that the tribe’s legal interests are well represented. accountability or liability when genetic research harms groups. There needs to be multiple layers Dr. Henderson advises researchers that there have of protection at the tribal, institutional, and federal been instances when the tribal council has not level, including funding agencies. Ultimately, approved research projects for a variety of tribes themselves have the right to control every reasons. The tribe will weigh heavily the value of aspect of genetic research. the research to the community and the benefits to individuals and families. Clifton Poodry (Seneca) Brett Lee Shelton Dr. Poodry is a key player in the world of genetics research in native peoples because he is native Mr. Shelton stated that he was not representing and a geneticist by training. Dr. Poodry serves as any tribe, but rather was speaking from his own a role model and is a strong proponent of genetics experience. He drew a parallel between genetics education for native peoples. Dr. Poodry research and the collection of native artifacts. reiterated the diversity among tribes in terms of Similar to how some tribes purposefully sold economic status, empowerment status, artifacts to collectors and museums, he adds that government structures, and perceptions of what there will be tribes who willingly participate in may be harmful and/or risky in participating in genetic research and others who will be genetic research. The tribe is the ultimate adamantly opposed to it. Mr. Shelton says tribes authoritative basis for deciding whether the tribe may not always be totally informed, however, says yes or no to research. The Seneca are about the potential pitfalls of research such as matrilineal, and the clan mothers determine how immortalization of cells and the circulation of both tribal politics and any proposed research will samples among colleagues. The immortalization play out. If the tribe says no to research, the of cells and sharing of samples will make the answer is no. repatriation of body specimens difficult. 10
  11. 11. Mr. Shelton highlights the need for education of IHS IRBs. Investigators often think of native community people regarding the dangers IRBs as another hurdle to get over rather and realistic benefits of participating in genetics than as a resource. research. He cautions about various levels of ™ Institutions need to take responsibility dangers to groups, including stigmatization of a for the unethical behavior of their community, of individual families, or of native students and faculty. peoples in general. ™ Funding agencies need to be responsive to the needs of non-traditional grantees. Carolyn Robbins (Aleut) The roundtable also discussed the various Ms. Robbins stated that tribal diversity needs to responsibilities tribes need to assume if they are be underlined and that researchers should not participating in genetics research. assume that the priorities of the tribe are similar to their own. When a researcher gets to the ™ Tribes need to develop an agenda of community level, the researcher will find many what they would like to have studied and things have already been thought through. Ms. have researchers and funding agencies be Robbins is a strong proponent of participatory responsive to that agenda. research and knows tribes will come up with ways ™ Tribes need to take responsibility in to answer questions they may have about things enforcing contracts and developing not so well understood, as in the case of genetics minimum damage breech clauses. research. ™ Tribes need to form partnerships with both the researcher and funding agency, Summary Segment One i.e., a three-way triangle. ™ Tribes need to require legally binding The perspectives represented in the round table contracts with universities. discussions underline the dangers of ™ Tribes need to demand community generalization and emphasize the need for greater capacity building with each proposed responsibility by the research community and research project. funding agencies. ™ Tribes need to follow up on the status of projects, the behavior of researchers, and ™ Researchers should never assume that the status of body specimens. the tribal concerns, customs, and ™ Tribes need to encourage educational expectations will be the same from one attainment among their tribal members. tribe to another. ™ Researchers should never assume that the tribal concerns, customs, and Segment Two: Researcher Perspectives expectations of a given tribe at one point Regarding Genetics Research in time are the same as at another point in time. Jeffrey C. Long (National Institute on Alcohol ™ Researchers should never assume that Abuse and Alcoholism) tribal concerns, customs, and expectations would not be directly Dr. Long identified the process of research for the affected by the results of the research, participants. Understanding the process is very irrespective of the findings. important if we are to resolve barriers to ™ Researchers should never assume that improvement. Dr. Long stressed that in research, tribal concerns and expectations are although there may be a list of steps involved, similar to their own, especially with getting through the steps is not equivalent to respect to the use of body specimens. simply walking up a staircase. The steps of ™ Researchers and institutions have not research are interactive, and many steps in the taken full steps to minimize and repair process can run in parallel. All the steps in the the disruption of genetics research on research process must be undertaken to complete individuals, family, and community. the task, however. ™ Individual researchers and institutions need to consider their agreements with The first step of the research process begins with the tribes as contracts, and they must the identification of a topic. There are several honor, comply with, and fulfill what was ways to identify a research topic. For example, a agreed with the tribe. physician may see a medical condition and want ™ Researchers need to recognize the to sort out the disease process. Similarly, the expertise of tribal health boards and the identification of a research topic could be set by a 11
  12. 12. larger national agenda, e.g., the NIH research Primary data is information that comes directly initiatives focused on diseases or cluster of from a person and can include a blood sample, diseases. Finally, a research topic could be cheek swab, etc. The body specimens require identified by self-interest in a particular field. laboratory analyses. Data gathered from already existing reports, from other researchers, or other Each of these examples is a legitimate starting sources are called secondary data. All data that point. The next step is figuring out the best way are collected must be entered into a database and to pursue the question. In many cases of genetic validated. Validation is a very important step and research, the question would be best answered by occurs at different times during the research collecting a sample for study that will resolve the process. issues and allow for the topic of interest to advance our knowledge. The sample will depend One step where vulnerabilities exist is the data on the question and can include human subjects, storage step because the confidentiality of animal models, computer simulations, organisms, individuals or a community might be etc. A question can include multiple sampling compromised. schemes. The next step is the analysis. The analysis step Funding is necessary to conduct the research. Dr. includes applying statistical methods to describe Long is a government researcher, and his program the data and to see if there is something in the has a budget, but other individuals may have to results that was not anticipated. The results from write proposals and submit the proposals to the analysis of the data are reported to the tribe, funding agencies. Grant proposals are reviewed the IRB, and the scientific community. By law, for scientific merit with a section on human the project will be subject to annual IRB review if subjects protection if the study includes people. the project extends beyond one year. All reports Although reviews may not be perfect, Dr. Long to the tribe should correspond with the states there has been a recent acceleration of agreements made between the researcher and the research protections. tribe at earlier stages of the research. Before a researcher submits his/her study for The final steps in a research project include the funding, the researcher must have a complete plan completion and closing of a project. An of what he proposes to study. The plan must important question for tribes and researchers to include the goal, a hypothesis, the details of the consider is how the samples will be stored or plan for data collection, the types of data that will disposed of. In the long history of research, these be used, the methods of data analysis, and the are two areas that have received less attention. decision making process. The completed plan must go before the IRB, sometimes several IRBs. Dr. Long asked all individuals involved with a Sometimes the different IRBs may not totally research project to ask, “How do researchers agree with each other on their review of the perceive risks?” There are risks to individuals, research plan. Often this type of review requires risks to communities, and risks associated with revisions to the research plan by the researcher. different research goals. We hope from genetics The proposal can go through many revisions to will come underlying mechanisms to develop meet everyone’s requirements. There is a lot of treatment strategies for human disease. By interaction that goes on between the tribe, identifying risks, we can work toward prevention researcher and funding agency. of disease, but in identifying higher risk individuals we cause harm by stereotyping others The researcher should justify why the proposed with similar characteristics. In addition, because research questions are important to ask. In Dr. a study is done, there is often a perception that the Long’s experience of conducting genetics incidence of the disease is high. For all reviewers research studies among American Indian of research protocols and research personnel, the populations, the tribal council and the health risks should be identified and particular attention committees have reviewed the proposals. In paid to how those risks will be treated. What are addition, the tribes have formed focus groups to the risks that are identified by researchers? The review his grant proposals. The research risks to individuals (e.g., loss of insurance, proposals were evaluated in light of the cultural discrimination by others) are noted on the consent norms. Dr. Long has experienced first hand the form, and risks to families are also identified. In variation in tribal approval processes. talking with tribes and negotiating memoranda of agreement, there is a more established approach to The data collection step can include either individual risks than in itemizing the risks to primary data or secondary data collection. communities. Dr. Long states that pedigrees 12
  13. 13. should not be published if individuals can be forms signed by sample donors make clear that identified. their sample will be included in the repository. Dr. Long also mentioned that research has Dr. Greenberg stated that the NIH is developing traditionally been an academic pursuit. The data sharing policies that incorporate combining of academic science with business is confidentiality and privacy. new. There would be clear conflicts of interest for researchers who have vested interests in On September 25-26, 2000, NIGMS sponsored biotech companies, pharmaceutical companies, the “First Community Consultation on the etc. These interests would need to be stated very Responsible Collection and Use of Samples for explicitly by researchers. Genetic Research.” The recommendations, issues, and concerns can be found at Clifton Poodry (National Institute of General http://www.nigms.nih.gov/news/reports/communi Medical Sciences) ty_consultation.html. Dr. Poodry warns both researchers and tribes that The Policy for the Responsible Collection, things do not always fall into place when Storage, and Research Use of Samples from proposing a research project. The research project Identified Populations for the NIGMS Human may not work because: (1) the timing is not right Genetic Cell Repository can be found at for asking a particular question, (2) the tools http://locus.umdnj.edu/nigms/comm/submit/collp necessary to answer the question are not available, olicy.html. or (3) the funding agency or the population of study deems the question unimportant or Jeff Henderson (Black Hills Center for unnecessary. Dr. Poodry recommends to American Indian Health) researchers that equal investments be made in thinking of the question and in getting buy-in Dr. Henderson received training as a clinician from the population of study. A true measure of a within the IHS. Initially, Dr. Henderson had no strong research proposal is the ability of a real thoughts about going into research. While researcher to follow through when things do not looking at the disease status of AI/AN, he became work as expected. interested in utilizing the primary health care model for looking at public health. Dr. Judith Greenberg (National Institute of Henderson completed his Master of Public Health General Medical Sciences) training and joined the Strong Heart Study (SHS) in Rapid City, South Dakota. He received a Dr. Greenberg stated that the objective of basic young investigator award and became a co- research such as cell biology and genetics is to investigator of the SHS. Dr. Henderson is only understand the underlying mechanisms of how the second American Indian to be a member of cells work and how cells are regulated. Basic the Steering Committee of the SHS, which is a research follows circuitous paths that intersect multi-site, longitudinal study looking at risk with other research paths in unexpected ways. factors for heart disease among American Indians. The research process is long and almost infinite because by the time you answer one question, the Dr. Henderson says that nearly all SHS field staff researcher will have many other questions that are and coordinators are tribal members. Eight raised. The goal of basic research is to understand student SHS staff members have gone on to the underlying cellular mechanisms in order to pursue health careers, and three of them are eventually prevent disease. Many basic scientists presently completing medical residencies. Dr. do not go into research thinking they want to find Henderson is pleased to see that there is an a cure, but rather because they are curious to increasing number of AI/AN study investigators. understand why things are. Although the change has been gradual, Dr. Henderson looks forward to the time when tribes Dr. Greenberg is the project officer of the NIGMS and their members will drive the research agenda. Human Genetic Cell Repository at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research. She explained Dr. Henderson’s research interests are presently that researchers send samples from participating focused on polypharmacy, quality of life issues, individuals to the repository. For samples related cancer, and thyroid disease. to genetic disorders, clinical information is kept on the samples. However, no information that Michael Zwick (Johns Hopkins University would identify the individual is kept. The School of Medicine) repository requires that the informed consent 13
  14. 14. Dr. Zwick answered the question, “Why would a diabetes is caused by many factors including researcher be interested in studying AI/ANs?” socioeconomic factors, lifestyle factors, and Scientists are interested in genetic variations, and inherited factors. Dr. Knowler does not believe certain genetic variations may be easier to identify that genetics will identify a single cause because in isolated populations. Isolated groups may have our genes are only a part of the big picture. Dr. unique genealogies of genetic variants, which Knowler is hoping his research will help identify makes it possible to identify those variants with the individuals with the biggest diabetes disease underlying Mendelian traits. In the past, even in risk so that efforts can be concentrated to help the absence of good genetic maps, it nevertheless them. Dr. Knowler is also hoping his research has been possible to map many genetic variants of will help us understand the metabolic basis of large effect with underlying Mendelian traits in Type II diabetes. He is hoping his research will isolated groups (i.e., human linkage studies that help identify better ways to treat Type II diabetes. focus on families). Why is this? Because we Dr. Knowler says it is through understanding the expect to find a relatively small number of cause that we can hope to better treat the disease. variants in a single gene that lead to a specific disorder. Furthermore, the variants will exhibit William Freeman (Indian Health Service) extensive linkage disequilibrium, thus making it easier to map the causative variant. This makes Dr. Freeman asked the question, “What is the the problem much simpler for geneticists. This is benefit of genetic research?” Dr. Freeman would the value to geneticists of any isolated group of like communities to hear the reasoning behind the humans. genetic study of conditions and diseases such as alcoholism or diabetes, which are caused by Dr. Zwick strongly cautioned that geneticists environmental, biological, and genetic factors. interested in genetic variations should not be The rationale should explain that even after a gene confused with or generalized as geneticists is found, it takes years and years before possible interested in human migration or human evolution treatments are developed, i.e., the rationale should studies. neither overpromise nor minimize the potential value of the research. Thomas Drouhard (Indian Health Service) Should the work be done in AI/ANs knowing that Dr. Drouhard is a surgeon who observed high there is not an immediate benefit? It is possible to frequencies of colon cancer among his patient answer “yes.” Should the formative work be done population. He contacted a well-known cancer elsewhere? For example, Dr. Freeman wonders geneticist, Dr. Henry Lynch. Together, Drs. how many people who join a Phase I cancer Drouhard and Lynch were able to identify the clinical trial enter the study thinking they are disease (which became known as the Lynch II getting a cure. In reality, the Phase I cancer Syndrome) and reduce by half the size of the clinical trials are designed to study the dosage of population group that are identified as at-risk to therapeutic medications. Some participants are develop the disease. Drs. Drouhard and Lynch not given enough of a dosage to treat their cancer, have been extremely sensitive to cultural, familial, and all are not given the medication long enough and community situations and have worked with to treat their cancer. Therefore, they have a the tribal entities to ensure respectful research. misconception about the therapy. The statements Dr. Drouhard’s work among his patient given to participants are not necessarily wrong; population is an example of a genetic study that they just do not explain succinctly that patients has had immediate benefits to the tribal will not necessarily benefit. community and individual families. Dr. Freeman says there exists a similar problem Dr. Drouhard is now busy studying the high with a community’s therapeutic misconception. prevalence of ovarian cancer among a patient A community may see a problem within their population. community and want a cure so badly that they see the research as the cure. Researchers should not William Knowler (National Institute of permit a community with wishes for a cure to Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases) assume that their decision to participate in a research project will soon cure or prevent the Dr. Knowler has long been interested in Type II condition. Rather, the community should diabetes complications and practical applications. understand that the research is likely only to Much of Dr. Knowler’s research has focused on contribute a part of the process of developing a kidney failure. Type II diabetes is a complex cure. disease and does not have a single cause. Type II 14
  15. 15. Segment Three: Review Board’s Perspectives Summary Segment Two Regarding Genetics Research ™ Research is intended to find out Indian Health Service National Institutional things we do not know. Review Board: William Freeman ™ Researchers need to be honest with individuals and communities about Dr. Freeman briefly explained the purpose of the the actual vs. potential benefits of a IHS IRB. Like other IRBs, the National IHS IRB research project. There should be helps ensure that all research in AI/AN initial true and complete disclosure communities observes basic ethical principles that of the risks and benefits of the underlie acceptable conduct of research involving proposed research. Researchers human participants. The IHS IRB is unique, must disclose all possible conflicts however, in its formal requirement for tribal of interest. consent on behalf of communities in addition to ™ Researchers need to negotiate with individual consent to participate in research. the tribal communities. ™ The informed consent made with The principles that govern research were set forth individuals and communities must in a report submitted by the National Commission include ongoing communication. for the Protection of Human Subjects of Each time the question changes, Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1978. there should be feedback to the This report titled, The Belmont Report: Ethical individuals and the communities Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of involved to keep them informed and Human Subjects of Research, outlines the three to renegotiate as necessary. principles, respect for people, beneficence, and ™ Researchers need to explain the state justice, that are now accepted as the three of the art for their particular area of quintessential requirements for the ethical conduct research, including the technology, of research involving humans: and explain the eventual benefits the researchers expect of their research 1. Respect for people involves a recognition of for tribal communities and the personal dignity and autonomy of individuals. The potential need of individuals as well as special protection of keeping samples for these eventual those people with diminished autonomy. projects needs to be part of the 2. Beneficence entails an obligation to protect initial discussion and negotiation. people from harm by maximizing anticipated ™ Researchers need to identify benefits and minimizing possible risks of problems as soon as possible. harm. ™ Researchers need to know that tribes 3. Justice requires that the benefits and burdens are looking at control issues for of research be distributed fairly. samples and want to be at the table when these issues are being Specifically, the principle of respect for people discussed. underlies the need to obtain informed consent; the ™ Researchers should actively develop principle of beneficence underlies the need to community research capacity and engage in a risk-benefit analysis and to minimize capability. risks; and the principle of justice requires that ™ Researchers must always have participants be fairly selected. All of these respect for data and samples. principles apply to individual participants as well ™ Researchers should not permit a as to the tribal communities of the participants. community with wishes for a cure to assume that their decision to All research that is reviewed by the National IRB participate in a research project will must also receive tribal approval. The goals, soon cure or prevent the condition. objectives, and methods must be clearly stated in Rather, the community should the research proposal. The benefits and risks of understand that the research is likely the research to the individuals and tribes must also only to contribute part of the cure. be clearly stated. The IRB pays particular attention to the disposition of data and specimens. The involvement by the community must be stated. The funding, budgets, consent process, and consent document are also reviewed. After initial review, all modifications to the research 15
  16. 16. proposal must go to the IRB. All future uses of Ms. Jasperse recommends that all researchers the specimens must be clearly stated within the work with the local people. The local people will consent form. The IHS IRB does not condone guide the researcher. Researchers should not blanket approvals for future uses of body assume that something seen at the national or specimens, because with blanket approvals the regional levels has not also been recognized at the person is not told and cannot know either the local level. Chances are, the local community has potential harms or the potential benefits of the already come up with a way to deal with the specific future research, and thus, the consent is problem. Obstacles should not be seen as barriers not “informed.” The IRB encourages pre- and but as learning blocks. In research, a researcher post-test genetic counseling to minimize risks and learns about himself/herself first. harms. The storage of all data must be secure and respectful. The disposal of samples must also be Thomas Drouhard (Indian Health Service) done respectfully and safely (specimens may pose biohazards). Dr. Drouhard explained his experiences of having his genetics protocol reviewed by the Navajo The National IRB understands policies are not set Nation and the IRBs. Dr. Drouhard had his in concrete because situations change. The protocol reviewed by the local health board, the review of research protocols is a task continuing IHS, and the local community governing boards. over time. The most recent IHS Genetic Research The protocol included family history of affected policy is included in Appendix B. patients and controls. Biopsies were taken to look for a particular gene. In 1993, the mutated gene Navajo Nation: Marla Jasperse and Thomas was discovered. During group sessions the basic Drouhard principles are discussed and individual results are given privately. Marla Jasperse (University of New Mexico) Dr. Drouhard reports back to the local community From the 1960s to the 1990s, the IRB was under on an annual basis. The Navajo Nation IRB the Navajo Area IHS. The members on the IRB requires a quarterly report of the project. All were IHS personnel, and Ms. Beverly Pigman publications are to be reviewed by the Navajo recognized the need for more community Nation. Anonymity is stressed strongly by all representation. A research code was drawn for individuals involved with Dr. Drouhard’s study. the Navajo Nation with the assistance of the UNM Law School. The research codes were reviewed Dr. Drouhard relayed his frustrations in dealing and approved by the Navajo Nation Tribal with the many layers of approval processes Council and by the Navajo people. Although required, but stated that he learned to respect and independent, the Navajo Nation IRB continues to appreciate the importance of tribal and IRB work closely with the National IHS IRB. The review. Navajo Nation IRB shares its Multiple Project Assurance (MPA) with the National IHS IRB. Alaska: Terry Powell and Jay Butler The research process on Navajo includes buy-in Terry Powell (Alaska Area Institutional and feedback from the communities to be Review Board) included in the research project. The community needs to benefit from the outcomes of the Tribes and tribal consortiums control the Alaska research, and the community needs to have their Area Institutional Review Board. There are nine members participate in the research as more than members on the board, and Ms. Powell shared subjects. The researchers are expected to sponsor with the group their minimum requirements. A training sessions for the local community people. researcher should submit to the Alaska Area IRB Researchers are also expected to participate in the a one-page summary of his/her research project annual community based research conference. that will be understandable to a layperson. The The conference is a forum for researchers to researcher should send 11 copies of their protocol return and present their study to the community. and 11 copies of his/her curriculum vitae. The The studies are translated for the Navajo people protocol needs to be sent to the IRB three weeks so that they can understand the implications of the before the next scheduled meeting. Researchers research. The Navajo elders have found the should not be surprised if their protocols do not translation of study results particularly interesting make it through the review process during the first and educational. submission. The whole review process takes about 90 days to complete. The IRB asks for periodic updates and does not approve of 16
  17. 17. specimen sharing. The IRB requests specific lists framework so that tribes can protect their of what the samples will be used for. interests. Existing tribal models were used as background for the Indigenous Research Although the review process sounds difficult, Ms. Protection Act. The Indigenous Research Powell says most research is completed in a Protection Act is meant to be dynamic because timely fashion. science is dynamic. Tribes can freely adapt and adopt changes to reflect their needs. Jay Butler (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Brett Lee Shelton In 1948, the Arctic Health Research Center was Mr. Shelton stated the Indigenous Research established by the Public Health Service as part of Protection Act covers all types of research with the new Alaska Native Medical Center in sections specific to contracts and agreement Anchorage. Since 1973, the program, now known assurances. The Indigenous Research Protection as the Arctic Investigations Program (AIP), has Act provides guiding principles, respectful ways been part of the Centers for Disease Control and to conduct research, fees for administration, costs Prevention. Today, AIP includes CDC staff, associated with going through these processes, direct tribal hire personnel, IHS personnel equity, and establishment of participatory research detailed to the Alaska Native Tribal Health partnerships. The goal is to shift the paradigm of Consortium, and visiting scientists. The goal of research so that tribes are in control of research the laboratory is the prevention of infectious concerning them. A few tribes are considering disease morbidity and mortality in the Arctic with adopting the Indigenous Research Protection Act. a special emphasis on disease of high incidence and concern among indigenous peoples. The diversity of Alaska dictates that researchers National Institutes of Health: Judith approach communities for each project. Dr. Greenberg and Jean McEwen Butler says going out into the community motivates the scientists at AIP. All their projects Judith Greenberg (National Institute of must go through the Alaska Area IRB, the General Medical Sciences) National IHS IRB, and the CDC review processes. Sometimes the reviews can be Samples submitted to the NIGMS Human Genetic contradictory, and this can be frustrating. Dr. Cell Repository undergo several levels of review. Butler thinks the community involvement on For samples from identified groups, the IRBs is really good. community must be consulted. They must also, of course, be approved by the submitting Dr. Butler says that when his staff members researcher’s IRB. If a decision is made to accept conduct research in tribal communities the same a collection of samples from a group, a project team stays with the project until community advisory group (CAG) will be completion. Dr. Butler says there needs to be constituted that will serve as the liaison between accountability back to the community from the the community and the Repository. If a researchers. People remember. This is not unique community no longer wishes to participate, or has to Native communities--Dr. Butler said he once other concerns, it can make its views known by worked in a non-Native community in rural means of the CAG. This CAG would also be Wisconsin where the people still remembered a expected to inform the community when research project from years earlier, and the community had results are made available. At present there are no still not been given the results by the researchers. samples identified as Native American in the repository. Indigenous People’s Council on Jean McEwen (National Human Genome Biocolonialism: Debra Harry and Brett Research Institute) Shelton When we talk about genetic research, the hardest Debra Harry issues often arise out of the fact that this kind of research more and more involves common, Ms. Harry described a proposal by the Indigenous complex diseases with environmental People’s Council on Biocolonialism titled components. Also, these diseases are often “Indigenous Research Protection Act.” The present in the larger population, not just in the Indigenous Research Protection Act allows for population under study, so if and when any different levels of review and provides a benefits come from the study, they may go 17
  18. 18. primarily to the larger population and not to the Ms. Garcia is looking to the Zuni and hopes to actual population that was involved in the learn from them. Ms. Garcia said many tribes are research. These issues, although difficult, are afraid of research because their communities will ones that review committees need to consider. potentially be stigmatized, but the Zuni have demonstrated that tribes can be in the driver’s Dr. McEwen also said that studies of common, seat. Ms. Garcia hopes that tribes will utilize the complex diseases need to look at the gene- expertise of their tribal members who have environment interaction more closely. There is a obtained higher education and recognize the value responsibility on the part of the researcher to of what other tribes, such as the Zuni, have make sure information they convey to the mass accomplished. Although Ms. Garcia recognizes media does not portray complex disorders as that the challenges of research include tribal being genetically predetermined but that they also history, researcher accountability, and differing acknowledge the possible relevance of research priorities between the tribes and environmental components. researchers, nevertheless, she is grateful to be an agent in the process of formulating a positive genetics policy. National Indian Health Service Institutional Review Board: Roger Gollub, Lisa Preston, Malcolm Bowekaty (Zuni Pueblo) Connie Garcia, Malcolm Bowekaty Governor Bowekaty said disseminating Roger Gollub (Indian Health Service) information, such as review board policies, is difficult to accomplish in Indian Country because Dr. Gollub shared with the group how the of the diversity of tribes. The national and discussion has helped him to become a better IRB regional Indian organizations are not always member. From the discussion he has learned to reliable or representative of their tribal encourage researchers to: constituencies. For his community, utilizing the 1. Initiate true and complete disclosure full capacity of their tribal sovereignty status and from the onset; becoming self-reliant have been the keys to his 2. Negotiate with the community under tribe’s success. His tribe has maintained their investigation; traditions and religion, and this allows for the 3. Keep ongoing communication open; consistency that he and his people rely on. 4. Identify problems early on; 5. Encourage community control of The Zuni tribal government has made improving specimens; the quality of life for all their tribal members their 6. Develop the research capability of the ultimate goal. The operationalization of their community; and, vision has made the tasks of the Governor and his 7. Optimize benefits to the participants and staff much easier. The Zuni do not believe communities. accountability is a bargaining chip. All research issues must be personalized and up front. Lisa Preston (Indian Health Service) Summary Segment Three Ms. Preston stressed to researchers that the informed consent form should reflect the true ™ IRBs help ensure that all research in nature of the research project. The informed AI/AN communities observes basic consent should be written in readily ethical principles that underlie acceptable understandable language without a lot of technical conduct of research involving human jargon or acronyms. In her experience, Ms. participants. Preston has not seen as much detail on informed ™ Respect for people, beneficence, and consent forms as there might be. Ms. Preston said justice are the three quintessential there are many issues confronting her tribe, the requirements for the ethical conduct of least of which involves genetics research, but she research involving humans. understands the importance of forming the policy. o The principle of respect for Ms. Preston is glad these policies are being people underlies the need to formulated because they will be in place for her obtain informed consent. tribe and other tribes for future use. o The principle of beneficence underlies the need to engage in Connie Garcia (Albuquerque Area Indian a risk-benefit analysis and to Health Board) minimize risks. 18
  19. 19. o The principle of justice requires development of primers – for University students that participants be fairly and faculty, and for native students and selected. communities. The tasks all maintain the goal of o These three principles apply to forming genetics research policy. individual participants as well as to the tribal communities of The genetics research policy formulation the participants. workgroup intends for the initiatives and ™ All research that is reviewed by the documents to: National IRB must also receive tribal approval. (1) Ensure that AI/AN Tribes and ™ Lay versions of protocols and individuals involved in existing genetic manuscripts should accompany all research are fully informed and have submissions. given consent. ™ All uses of specimens must be clearly (2) Ensure that AI/AN Tribes and stated within the consent form. The IRB individuals included in publications are does not condone blanket approvals for fully aware of their inclusion and have future uses of body specimens. given consent. ™ The IRB encourages pre- and post-test (3) Ensure that AI/AN Tribes and genetic counseling to minimize risk and individuals understand all that is harm. involved in the research protocol, ™ Sample and data storage, and sample including implications, data storage, disposal, are areas in which the respect specimen use and access, rights of for tribal wishes are very important. participants, etc. ™ Studies should be designed to look at (4) Ensure that researchers understand the both genetics and environment. cultural issues and sensitivities involved ™ The general public needs to be aware with conducting genetics research among that complex diseases have strong AI/AN populations. environmental components. (5) Ensure that there is mutual benefit to both the AI/AN Tribe, the individual participating in the research, and the Segment Four: Developing Documents researchers (for example, opportunities Contributing to a Genetic Research Policy - for tribal youth to learn data collection, Education and Capacity Building laboratory techniques, data analyses, etc). Science exists for people so that we can have a (6) Ensure that all risks to individuals and healthier world. The meeting participants all communities are clearly understood and recognized the importance for tribes and the terms of the research are negotiated researchers to work on the issues surrounding between the researcher and the tribes. genetics together. It is important not to set a dichotomy between what researchers might want Summary Segment Four: Next Steps and what the communities might want. We must ensure that research is done in partnership. Even Each of the tasks is described in the following people with the best intentions still have to be narrative and includes the names of meeting accountable for showing respect for people. participants who volunteered to assist with the completion of each task. The meeting participants decided to complete several tasks within the next several months. The I. Disseminate information about the Genetic tasks include: (1) a presentation at the University Policy Formulation Meeting at the University of Colorado genetics meeting; (2) the completion of Colorado genetics meeting, Aspen, of a summary meeting report to NIH; (3) the Colorado, April 5-7, 2001 publication of a summary meeting report; (4) the development of four primers – for tribes, II. Genetic Policy Formulation Meeting researchers, Institutional Review Boards, and Summary Report funding agencies; (5) the organization of a tribal leaders genetics summit; (6) the posting of III. Publication of Genetic Policy Formulation workgroup notes on NIGMS and NHGRI Meeting Summary Report websites; (7) the organization of regional ELSI grant writing workshops; (8) a follow-up genetics IV. Development of primers – for tribes, research formulation meeting; and (9) the researchers, Institutional Review Boards, 19
  20. 20. and funding agencies – each to include the Carolyn Robbins -- co-Leader following structure: V. Governor Bowekaty is taking the lead in Primers: identifying tribal leaders who may be Background interested in participating in an international Standard Principles and meeting of tribal leaders about genetics Recommendations research. Ms. Commanda is assisting Risks and Benefits (Reciprocal) Governor Bowekaty in identifying Canadian Advantages and Disadvantages leaders. Common Concerns Governor Bowekaty--Leader Resources Laura Commanda Websites Bibliographies Once leaders have been identified, Opportunities to Network individuals interested in helping organize Education the meeting include: Conversation Mae-Ling Chang Action Debra Harry Assistance Francine Romero A. Workgroup for Primer for Tribes VI. Posting of workgroup notes on NIGMS and Carolyn Robbins -- co-Leader NHGRI website Michael Zwick -- co-Leader Judith Greenberg Connie Garcia Clifton Poodry Debra Harry Francine Romero Marla Jasperse Philip Lowenthal VII. Grants Writing Workshop – A training Terry Powell opportunity for individuals interested in Brett Shelton ELSI grants. The grants writing workshop potentially can be tacked on to other B. Workgroup for Primer for regional meetings which would draw large Researchers numbers of American Indian and Alaska Dena Davis -- co-Leader Native audiences. Marla Jasperse -- co-Leader Francine Romero Tom Drouhard Jean McEwen Bill Freeman Judith Greenberg Roger Gollub William Freeman Jeff Henderson Clifton Poodry Jeff Long Ben Muneta VIII. Follow-up conference tentatively scheduled Carolyn Robbins for late August in Portland, Oregon (topics Brett Shelton and individuals to be incorporated include: genetic case studies, IRB members, Tribal C. Workgroup for Primer for leaders from the United States and Canada, Institutional Review Boards and genetic counselors) Bill Freeman – co-Leader Francine Romero Brett Shelton – co-Leader Jean McEwen Malcolm Bowekaty Judith Greenberg Jay Butler William Freeman Dena Davis Clifton Poodry Thomas Drouhard Roger Gollub IX. Two follow-up primers: Philip Lowenthal A. Primer for University Students and Mike Zwick Faculty B. Primer on How to Promote Research D. Workgroup for Primer for Funding by Native Students and Agencies Communities. Brett Shelton -- co-Leader Chester Clarke Debra Harry 20

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