Precision Medicine—an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person—raises a myriad of cultural, political, and historical questions that the humanities are uniquely positioned to address. As part of its overall Precision Medicine Initiative, Columbia is undertaking a broad based exploration of questions that precision medicine raises in law, ethics, the social sciences, and the humanities.
Jacqueline Chin, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Trained as a moral philosopher through a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford, her research of the past nine years addresses national and globally-relevant capacity-building in biomedical ethics. She has conceptualized and led key projects such as CENTRES (since 2009), commissioned by the Ministry of Health for networking and supporting clinical ethics committees in Singapore’s restructured and private hospitals; What Doctors Say About Care of the Dying, an empirical ethics study of doctors’ perspectives on end-of-life decisions (2010–2011) aimed at informing professional stakeholders, policymakers and the public; Making Difficult Decisions with Patients and Families (2014), an online casebook (www.bioethicscasebook.sg) which recently featured in a 2015 Hastings Center Report’s special collection of papers on Bioethics Education by the US Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues; and Care Transitions in Aging Societies, which engages with ethical challenges of eldercare among health workers in community care settings.
This event is part of the Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative’s series, Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture.