The Center for Genomics and Society is continuing on with support from the UNC School of Medicine Office of Research.
The Center for Genomics and Society (CGS), after 12 years of funding as a National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Center of Excellence for the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of genomic research, is continuing on with support from the UNC School of Medicine (SOM) Office of Research (OoR).
As before, our mission is to promote transdisciplinary, policy-relevant research and to provide training on the ethical, legal and social implications of large-scale genomic studies and their translation into clinical and public health interventions with a special focus on the UNC community. The CGS is a consultation resource for current projects, as well as for those wanting to write grants that include an ELSI component. It is also continuing its role in mentoring future ELSI scholars by providing them with a community and access to faculty mentors. To that end, regular events bring together faculty and students who share an interest in ELSI research: In January, we launched a monthly series of Lunch and Learn sessions, and hosted Vence Bonham, Jr., J.D., of the NHGRI, to speak on the ethical and legal issues associated with conducting gene editing clinical trials for Sickle Cell Disease. On April 23, along with the UNC Office of Research, RENCI, and the UNC Program for Precision Medicine in Healthcare, we are presenting a free showing of the CRISPR documentary film, “Human Nature,” followed by a panel of speakers representing different disciplines impacted by CRISPR technology.
Anyone who has an interest in ELSI issues is welcome to join our endeavors. Please visit our website, https://www.med.unc.edu/cgs. Here you will find information on upcoming CGS events and ELSI related news and funding opportunities, as well as “Researcher Highlights”. There is also a link to join our listserv.