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Genomics Enters the Clinic: What Should Savvy Consumers Know?

Genomics Enters the Clinic: What Should Savvy Consumers Know?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Presented By

Aspen Brain Institute

The Hastings Center

The New York Academy of Sciences

 

Sixteen years after completion of The Human Genome Project, and more than half a century after the discovery of the structure of DNA, genetics is finally being integrated into the clinic. Cancer patients are having their cancer’s genome sequenced, fertility patients are having their embryos tested, and parents are being offered sequencing of their newborn babies. At the same time, genetics services are also being offered directly to consumers, sold as a way to complete their family trees or identify their risk for a variety of health conditions. These scientific advances bring huge benefits to human health and scientific understanding. But as with all major scientific advances, maximizing the benefits requires knowledge of the pitfalls, limitations, and trade-offs. As we enter the new era, what do potential users of genomics—whether they be patients or consumers—need to know?

To explore these questions, The New York Academy of Sciences, jointly with the Aspen Brain Institute, and The Hastings Center, will bring together scientists, ethicists, philosophers, and other experts, for an evening public event titled Genomics Enters the Clinic: What Should Savvy Consumers Know? The program will examine the history of genomics and recent advances in genomic technologies with a twin focus on the science and ethics of gene editing, cancer genetics, reproductive medicine, and direct-to-consumer tests.

Registration


Member       $20


Non-Member       $40

Organizers

Melanie Brickman Borchard, PhD, MSc
Melanie Brickman Borchard, PhD, MSc

The New York Academy of Sciences

Glenda Greenwald
Glenda Greenwald

Aspen Brain Institute

Josephine Johnston, LLB, MBHL
Josephine Johnston, LLB, MBHL

The Hastings Center

Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD
Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD

The Hastings Center

Moderator

Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD
Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD

The Hastings Center

Panelists

Josephine Johnston, LLB, MBHL

The Hastings Center

Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD

Columbia University

Christopher E. Mason, PhD

Weill Cornell Medical College

Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Samuel H. Sternberg, PhD

Columbia University

Tuesday

June 11, 2019

6:30 PM

Registration

7:00 PM

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Speakers

Melanie Brickman Borchard, PhD, MSc
The New York Academy of Sciences
Glenda Greenwald
Aspen Brain Institute
Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD
The Hastings Center
7:10 PM

Panel Discussion

Speakers

Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD (moderator)
The Hastings Center
Josephine Johnston, LLB, MBHL
The Hastings Center
Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD
Columbia University
Christopher E. Mason, PhD
Weill Cornell Medical College
Jonathan Moreno, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Samuel Sternberg, PhD
Columbia University
8:40 PM

Closing Remarks

Speaker

Melanie Brickman Borchard, PhD, MSc
The New York Academy of Sciences
8:45 PM

Reception

9:30 PM

Adjourn