A PUBLIC VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM

A PUBLIC VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM

Do Genetic Findings Impact Perceptions of Responsibility?

When: May 28, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Eastern Time
Registration is free

Since the start of the Human Genome Project, bioethicists and geneticists have speculated that genetic information can have large impacts on how people understand what they—and other people—are responsible for or responsible to do. At this conference, we will:
1) reflect on the many, complicated ways in which the term responsibility is used;
2) consider two specific contexts in which genetic information can impact perceptions of responsibility; and
3) step back and examine the extent to which the initial speculation about large impacts has been borne out by the evidence.

Agenda:

Introduction
     Erik Parens, The Hastings Center

Overview of the “responsibilities” encountered by the Columbia-Hastings Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics. 9:10-9:30 EDT
     Paul Appelbaum, Columbia University

Session 1. An overview of the concept of “genetic responsibility.”
9:30-10:30 EDT
Presenter: Silke Schicktanz, University of Göttingen
Discussant: Lisa S. Parker, University of Pittsburgh

Break 10:30-10:45

Session 2. Impacts on patients and their sense of responsibility associated with receiving genetic information about psychiatric diseases.
10:45-11:45 EDT
Presenter: Woo-Kyoung Ahn, Yale University
Discussant: Larisa Heiphetz, Columbia University

Lunch break 11:45-12:30

Session 3. Impacts on prospective parents and their sense of responsibility associated with receiving genetic information about their fetuses.
12:30-1:30 EDT
Presenter: Stina Lou, Aarhus University
Discussant: Kimberly Mutcherson, Rutgers University

Session 4. How do the impacts on notions of responsibility that have been found measure up to the original concerns about geneticization?
1:30-2:30 EDT
Presenter: Paul Martin, University of Sheffield
Discussant: Carlos Novas, Carleton University

Wrap-up questions and comments from the audience.
2:30-3:00 EDT

Facilitated by Kathryn Tabb

This symposium is sponsored by the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, in collaboration with The Hastings Center.