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Clinical Ethics and Law at Southampton

Dr Shiri Shkedi-Rafid

Dr Shiri Shkedi-Rafid is a genetic counsellor and post-doctoral researcher in social and ethical aspects of genetics

Shiri Shkedi-Rafid

Shiri achieved a BSc (Hons) in Basic Medical Sciences in 2000 and an MSc in Human Genetics, specializing in genetic counselling (Hons) in 2003, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

In her doctoral work, which was undertaken at King’s College, London, she focused on genetic testing in individuals with no family history of the tested condition.

Between 2013 2014 Shiri spent 18 months as a post-doctoral fellow at CELS and genetic counsellor at the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service, University Hospital Southampton. Her postdoc researched health-care professionals’ attitudes towards pre-natal genomic technologies.

Shiri is now the director for the genetic counselling master program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a principal genetic counsellor at the Hadassah Medical Centre, Jerusalem. She is continuing her CELS research focusing on the implementation of advanced genomic technologies into clinical practice with special reference to genomic tests carried out in pregnancy, and cancer genetics. She recently co-founded the Israeli Centre for Genetics and Society, which aims to promote public discourse and understanding of genetic information.

Recent publications

Fenwick A, Shkedi-Rafid S, Lucassen A. Am J Bioeth. 2016 Feb;16(2):25-7. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1120809. PMID: 26832087; Relative Risk and Relatives' Risks in Genomic Medicine

Shkedi-Rafid, S.  Fenwick, A. Dheensa, S. Wellesley, D. Lucassen, AM. (2016) What results to disclose, when, and who decides? Healthcare professionals’ views on prenatal chromosomal microarray analysis. Prenatal Diagnosis, doi: 10.1002/pd.4772.

Sandi Dheensa, Shiri Shkedi-Rafid, Gillian Crawford, Gabrielle Bertier, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada , Lisa Schonstein, The Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Anneke Lucassen, Management of Incidental Findings in Clinical Genomic Sequencing Studies

Fenwick A, Dheensa S, Crawford G, Shkedi-Rafid S, Lucassen A. Rescue obligations and collective approaches: complexities in genomics. Am J Bioeth. 2015 Feb;15(2):23-5. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2014.990763.

Shkedi-Rafid S, Fenwick A, Dheensa S, Lucassen AM (2014) Genetic testing of children for adult-onset conditions: opinions of the British adult population and implications for clinical practice. Genet Med. 2014 Dec 11.

Shkedi-Rafid,Shiri, Dheensa,Sandi, Crawford,Gillian, Fenwick,Angela, Lucassen,Anneke (2014) Defining and managing incidental findings in genetic and genomic practice

Dheensa S, Fenwick A, Shkedi-Rafid S, Crawford G, Lucassen A. Healthcare professionals' responsibility to relatives in genetic medicine: a systematic review and synthesis of empirical research. Genetics in medicine Genet Med. 2015 Jun 25. doi: 10.1038/gim.2015.72.

Shkedi-Rafid, S., Ofer-Bialer, G., Meiner, V., Calderon-Margalit, R. (2013) Clinicians’ Attitudes toward General Screening of the Ashkenazi-Jewish Population for Prevalent Founder BRCA1/2 and LRRK2 Mutations. Public Health Genomics, 16:174-183.

Shkedi-Rafid, S., Gabai-Kapra, E., Grinspun-Cohen, J., Levy-Lahad, E. (2012) BRCA genetic testing of individuals from families with low prevalence of cancer: experiences of carriers and implications for population screening. Genetics in Medicine, 14:688-694.

Shkedi-Rafid, S. & Hashiloni-Dolev, Y. (2012) Non-medical uses of egg freezing: the lack of relational-autonomy perspective in the new Israeli policy and in academic discussion. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38: 154-157.

Shkedi-Rafid, S. & Hashiloni-Dolev,Y. (2011) Egg freezing for age related fertility decline: preventive medicine or a further medicalization of reproduction? Analyzing the Israeli new policy. Fertility & Sterility, 96(2):291-294.

Hashiloni-Dolev, Y., Kaplan, A., Shkedi-Rafid, S. (2011) The fertility myth: Israeli students' knowledge regarding age-related fertility decline and late pregnancies in an era of assisted reproductive technologies. Human Reproduction, 26(11):3045-3053.

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