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Exploring Your Genome: How Much Would You Like to Know?
NHMU Lecture featuring
Dr. Jeffrey Botkin
Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities
Do you have gene variants associated with heart disease, cancer, or Alzheimer’s? Advances in genetic technologies will allow us to explore our personal genetic make-up in great detail, understand risks to our health, and provide new opportunities to improve our health. However, interpreting the results of genetic tests and knowing how to act on them remains difficult. Our society also has a dark history of stigma and discrimination from the misunderstanding and misuse of genetic information. Join Dr. Jeffrey Botkin for an interactive exploration of ethical, legal, and social questions surrounding the new field of genomic medicine.
Jeffrey Botkin is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and an Adjunct Professor of Human Genetics. He is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities and serves as the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity. His research is focused on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic technology with a particular emphasis on research ethics, genetic testing for cancer susceptibility, biobanking, newborn screening, and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Botkin is currently Chair of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections. He also is a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Diseases in Newborns and Children and was Chair of the Committee on Bioethics for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He Chairs the NIH’s Embryonic Stem Cell Working Group and is an elected fellow of the Hastings Center.
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