From prenatal genetic screening to the genetic testing of women with family histories of breast cancer, genomics is rapidly becoming a fixture in our lives. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has, since its founding, sponsored research into the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics to understand the profound societal and personal effects of technological advances in genomics.
Genomics and Society: Expanding the ELSI Universe, a three-day conference on the myriad issues that spring from the ethical, legal and social implications of genomic research, will be hosted on June 5 - 7, 2017 by The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine and UConn Health in Farmington, Connecticut. The conference is funded by NHGRI through a grant to Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).
The latest research on ELSI topics will be presented by physicians, geneticists, genetic counselors, social scientists and lawyers, in academia, government and industry from around the world. From renowned researchers at the top of their fields to students and early career scientists bringing new insight and perspectives, the depth and range of expertise at the conference promise fascinating debates over new and emerging data.