Past Event

Josephine Johnston - Sequencing Newborns: A Call for Nuanced Use of Genomic Technologies

January 13, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (Room 10-405A&B), Presbyterian Hospital Building, 622 West 168th Street, New York

Event Description: 

Affordable genome sequencing has led some to suggest that all newborns be sequenced at birth, setting the stage for a lifetime of medical care and self‐directed preventive actions tailored to each child's genome. As part of the NSIGHT studies, funded by NIH, this suggestion was scrutinized by an Ethics and Policy Advisory Board, which recommended against population-wide whole genome or whole exome sequencing. Instead, we recommend a more nuanced approach, that tailors sequencing to the needs of children, families, and society in various care contexts, from public health screening programs to pediatric care to NICUs.

Event Speaker: 

Josephine Johnston, Director of Research and Research Scholar at the Hastings Center

Event Information: 

This event is a part of the Seminar on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics as hosted by the Center for Research on Ethical/Legal/Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics at the Columbia University Medical Center. 

Please contact Paul S. Appelbaum at 646-774-8630 or [email protected] for more information.