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Fordham RETI Fellow Tackles HIV Prevention in India through Research & Clinical Practice

Dr. Arunansu Talukdar

Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) Fellow Dr. Arunansu Talukdar is not just conducting research on HIV prevention – as a physician, he is practicing it as well.

Talukdar is a member of the fourth cohort of RETI fellows, and was the 2014 recipient of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education / Santander Universities International Scholarship, which covers the cost of his travel to Fordham for two consecutive summer training institutes, as well as the cost of his mentored research project (MRP). His MRP examines voluntariness of consent to research involving women participating at a clinic-based HIV intervention trial in Kolkata, India.

In his MRP, Talukdar aims to assess the voluntariness of consent to research for women in a clinic-based research project; identify correlates of voluntariness; and examine whether any anticipated threats/fears/pressures influence the decision of whether to participate in the research project.

Typically, the informed consent process assumes that an participant involved makes the decision of whether or not to take part in a research project. However, in many cultures, important decisions are made by other family or community members, or are made collectively. While these decision-making processes reflect community norms, they are in direct conflict with the autonomy of potential research participants that is embedded in the informed consent process.  Dr. Lloyd Goldsamt of New York University is mentoring Talukdar’s project.

Both a practicing physician and an associate professor of medicine, Talukdar has experience in both academic and clinical settings. After years of working as a physician and caring for patients with AIDS, he obtained a Ph.D.

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