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ELSI Research Development Services

Our ELSI Research Development Service aims to assist researchers contemplating undertaking research that addresses or includes attention to the ethical, legal and social implications of PNB genetics. The service is led by Dr. Paul Appelbaum. Consultation services include assisting researchers to identify suitable collaborators, facilitating networking, helping researchers improve their research plans, including methodologies used to address ELSI issues, and advising on dissemination strategies.

To request a consultation with Dr. Appelbaum please contact psa21@cumc.columbia.edu. Please include a brief description of your research and needs.


Pilot Grant Program

The Center funds pilot grant awards for Columbia faculty and affiliates. Please watch for announcements of our next pilot grant submission deadlines.

The awards are designed to support pilot work on ELSI issues related to genetics and precision medicine. Proposals addressing ELSI issues related to psychiatric, neurologic or behavioral genetics are especially encouraged. Studies addressing other areas of genetics and precision medicine are also welcome. Examples of possible projects include

•  implications of new genomic technologies for prenatal and neonatal screening;
•  privacy and surveillance;
•  genetic diagnosis and identity; social and psychological impacts of geneticization;
•  legal and policy implications of precision medicine or behavioral genetics; and
•  the impact of genetics on the health insurance industry.

Projects can address ethical, social, legal, historical or philosophical issues, and should have the potential to lead to additional federal or foundation funding. Involvement of faculty from more than one discipline is encouraged.