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Looking for the Psychosocial Impacts of Genomic Information

February 26, 2018 - 8:30 am

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For the last quarter century, researchers have been asking whether genomic information might have negative psychosocial effects. Anxiety, depression, disrupted relationships, and heightened stigmatization have all been posited as possible outcomes—but not consistently found.  At this conference, we will ask what accounts for the discrepancy between these hypothesized outcomes and the effects that have been documented in empirical studies. Are we asking the right questions? Using the right tools? Looking in the right places? Or was the expectation of large, negative psychosocial impacts of genomic information overblown to begin with? Either way, where does research into the ethical and psychosocial implications of genomic medicine go from here?

Hosted by the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic, and Behavioral Genetics, a collaborative project of Columbia University Medical Center and The Hastings Center.

Access the conference flyer here. See conference schedule and more information here.

The conference is free to attend, but registration is required.  Register here by February 12th, 2018.

We will offer stipends to cover travel and lodging for a limited number of early career scholars.  If you would like to be considered for this stipend, please indicate on your registration and include one paragraph explaining your work and interests in attending the conference.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before January 8th, 2018.

Rooms are available at a discounted rate at the NYLO Hotel2178 Broadway (at 77th street), 212-362-1100. Book with Columbia discount code “CU15”.

Register here. Send inquiries to zachariasr@thehastingscenter.org.