Looking for the Psychosocial Impacts of Genomic Information

December 19, 2017

When:
February 26, 2018 – February 27, 2018 all-day
2018-02-26T00:00:00-05:00
2018-02-28T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
The Faculty House, Columbia University
64 Morningside Dr
New York, NY 10027
USA
Cost:
Free

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.

 

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