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Lifelong Learning Public Event: Genetic Medicine: what are the ethical issues?

Published: 28 January 2016
CELS day

As part of the University’s lifelong learning programme, the Clinical Ethics and Law at Southampton (CELS) group ran a successful public engagement study day on Saturday 16th January entitled Genetic Medicine: what are the ethical issues?

CELS is a multi-disciplinary group established in 2010 with the aim of exploring the application of ethics and law in clinical practice.

Members of the CELS team, Anneke Lucassen, Gill Crawford, Sandi Dheensa and Mirjam Plantinga presented a series of interactive sessions about genetic/genomic testing and covered issues such as: What do my genes say about me? What are the implications for genetic information being familial? How should we manage unexpected results? What are the ethical issues arising from genetic testing during and before pregnancy?

Angela Fenwick, Associate Professor in Medical Ethics and Education, ran an informal ‘World café’ session to engage participants in conversations about the issues giving them the opportunity to discuss in more depth some of the ethical questions raised during the course of the day. Halina Bainbridge a scientist and artist also showcased her artwork.

The participants engaged in the discussions throughout the day and the feedback was very positive.


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