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CGREAL is currently accepting applications for pilot projects from Case and Cleveland Clinic faculty. All Case and Cleveland Clinic faculty who are interested in developing research projects on ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) in the design and conduct of human genetic research or the translation of research results into clinical medicine, public health, and health policy needs related to genetics are eligible.  These immediately available grants are designed to support exploratory efforts towards the development of larger scholarly projects or lines of research related to CGREAL’s mission.

Criteria for evaluation will focus on the potential for expanding and enriching the range of perspectives being brought to genetic research ethics and law at CGREAL and evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration. Preference will be given to projects that are deemed likely to foster further research able to attract outside support.

Requests may be made for up to $5,000.  Funds may not be used for faculty salary support. Applications are encouraged from Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic faculty at any rank/level. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  To apply, please send a brief project proposal (500 words or less) to Richard Sharp (sharpr3@ccf.org or 216-445-1257) or Patricia Marshall (patricia.marshall@case.edu or 216-368-2502). Please direct any questions to Richard Sharp or Patricia Marshall.

Michelle McGowan published “Participation in investigational fertility preservation research: a feminist research ethics approach” in T.K. Woodruff, L. Zoloth, L. Campo-Engelstein, & S. Rodriguez (Eds.), Oncofertility: Reflections from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Cancer Treatment and Research, 2010, Volume 156, Part 3, 209-221.New York: Springer.

Maxwell Mehlman's article "Modern Eugenics and the Law" recently was published in Paul A. Lombardo (Ed.), A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era, 2010, Indiana University Press.

Rich Sharp and Michelle McGowan are among the authors of “Moral Attitudes and Beliefs among Couples Pursuing PGD for Sex Selection”,  an article currently in press for the journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online.

 

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CGREAL is accepting applications to its post-doctoral fellowship program. The Center is recruiting 1-2 post-doctoral trainees who have demonstrated promise as future leaders in research examining ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) in human genetics, and who would benefit from didactic training and intensive mentorship. The goal of the CGREAL Post-Doctoral Training Program is to train researchers whose work is focused on ELSI in the design and conduct of human genetic research, the translation of research results into clinical medicine, public health, and health policy needs related to genetics.  We offer a flexible 1-2 year training program to help guide young investigators in this field of study and to provide them with integrated but focused training.   For more information on the fellowship, please contact Assistant Director Aaron Goldenberg or or visit our website.

The next CGREAL Spotlight will take place Wednesday, Dec 1, from 10-11:30 am, at CWRU School of Medicine, Room T-503. The 3rd CGREAL Spotlight will feature "Swabbing Students: A Proposed Legal Framework for Academic DNA Testing".  Shawneequa Callier, CGREAL Postdoctoral Fellow, will present her  response to the growing interest in programs that use personal genomic testing as an educational tool (PGET programs).  The CGREAL Spotlight seminars focus on ongoing CGREAL research, new research project ideas, and current issues of interest to the ELSI community. We hope these seminars will be opportunities for interested faculty, students, and research staff to explore topics important to CGREAL and to further our research mission.

The 2nd CGREAL Reading Group will take place Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 pm.

 

Michelle McGowan published “Participation in investigational fertility preservation research: a feminist research ethics approach” in T.K. Woodruff, L. Zoloth, L. Campo-Engelstein, & S. Rodriguez (Eds.), Oncofertility: Reflections from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Cancer Treatment and Research, 2010, Volume 156, Part 3, 209-221.

Rich Sharp and Michelle McGowan are among the authors of “Moral Attitudes and Beliefs among Couples Pursuing PGD for Sex Selection”,  an article currently in press for the journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online.

Sharona Hoffman, with Andy Podgurski, will publish “Meaningful Use and Certification of Health Information Technology:  What About Safety?” in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Law Medicine & Ethics.

John Huss and Eric Juengst published "From metagenomics to the metagenome: Conceptual change and the rhetoric of translational genomic research" in Genomics, Society, and Policy.

Sharona Hoffman published “Electronic Health Records and Research:  Privacy vs. Scientific Priorities,” in the September 2010 issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.

Sharona Hoffman published “Breach Notification and the Law,” analyzing the new HIPAA Privacy Rule breach notification requirements, in the spring 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Ethics.

Sharona Hoffman presented “E-Health Hazards:  Legal & Ethical Implications of EMR Use” at the Summa Health System in October, 2010,

Sharona Hoffman presented “Health Information Technology, Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium: Health Care Reform Act" at the University of Iowa College of Law in October, 2010

Sharona Hoffman presented “Health Information Law and Technology,” at the Using Law, Policy, and Research to Improve the Public’s Health National Conference in September 2010.

CGREAL was well represented at the October 2010 ASBH conference (American Society for Bioethics and Humanities) by the following:

  • "Patient Perspectives on Group Benefits and Harms in Genetic Research" - Aaron J. Goldenberg
  • "Community Voices on Health Disparities and Translational Genomics Research" - Aaron J. Goldenberg, Patricia Marshall
  • "Broad Data Sharing and Genetic Research Participant Protections: Views of Institutional Review Board Professionals" - Amy A. Lemke (including CGREAL faculty and staff from the GRRIP Consortium)
  • "Community Interests and Ethical Norms in the Context of the Human Microbiome Project" - Panelist: Richard R. Sharp
  • "Research Bioethics Consultation" Workshop - Richard R. Sharp
  • "Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of State-Level Regulation of Fertility Medicine in the United States" - Panelist: Michelle L. McGowan
  • "The Crossroads of Gender and Genetics: The Health and Lives of Women in the Age of Genetic Medicine" - Moderator: Jessica Berg, Panelists: Ruth M. Farrell, Michelle L. McGowan
  • "The NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Eligibility Working Group: The First Year" - Panelist: Dena S. Davis
  • "Regenerative Medicine Research: Ethical Issues for Individuals, Institutions, and Society" - Moderator: Eric Juengst
  • "What’s Law Got to Do With It? Legal Issues in Ethics Consultation" - Panelist: Mark P. Aulisio

 

 

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We are pleased to report that NHGRI has renewed CGREAL funding for an additional 4 years! Our new term officially began September 1, with Rich Sharp and Patty Marshall taking over as co-directors.

Eric Juengst has been appointed as Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of North Carolina.  We'll miss him!

In order to accomodate the recent changes at CGREAL, the newsletter is taking on a new format.  "This Week in CGREAL" is now "This Month in CGREAL" to reflect the now monthly frequency.  We will also emphasize events and news from CGREAL, rather than news items and literature about genetics. 

Congratulations to Patty Marshall, whose one year grant from NIH, "ELSI Issues: Colon Cancer and Cancer Genomics Research" began September 2010. The goal of this study is to describe the effect of being a colon cancer patient on attitudes toward cancer genomics research and willingness to participate in genomics research and to explore the ethical implications of this assessment for the design of cancer genomic studies and recruitment protocols

Congratulations to Eric Juengst, Jennifer Fishman, Rick Settersten, and Michelle McGowan, and their research team at CGREAL, whose four year grant from NHGRI, “Anticipating Personalized Genomic Medicine: Impact and Implications” officially began September 2010. This project explores how personalized genomic medicine is interpreted by those involved in defining it for translational genomic research and society, and the challenges and choices they are encountering in the process.

CGREAL is accepting applications to its post-doctoral fellowship program. The Center is recruiting 1-2 post-doctoral trainees who have demonstrated promise as future leaders in research examining ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) in human genetics, and who would benefit from didactic training and intensive mentorship. The goal of the CGREAL Post-Doctoral Training Program is to train researchers whose work is focused on ELSI in the design and conduct of human genetic research, the translation of research results into clinical medicine, public health, and health policy needs related to genetics.  We offer a flexible 1-2 year training program to help guide young investigators in this field of study and to provide them with integrated but focused training.   For more information on the fellowship, please contact Assistant Director Aaron Goldenberg or or visit our website.

Shawneequa Callier, CGREAL post-doctoral fellow, along with Harald Schmidt, published "Managing Patient Expectations About Deidentification" in the September issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.

Rich Sharp and Patty Marshall were among the International HapMap 3 Consortium authors for the article "Integrating common and rare genetic variation in diverse human populations" in the September 2 issue of Nature.

George L. Anesi, CGREAL trainee and 4th year medical student, edited the special October 2010 issue of Virtual Mentor addressing the theme, "Ethical Challenges in Modern Cardiovascular Medicine." The issue includes his commentary, "New Clinical Powers, New Ethical Questions."

Michelle McGowan, Jennifer Fishman and Marcie Lambrix's published "Personal Genomics and Individual Identities: Motivations and Moral Imperatives of Early Users" in the September 2010 issue of New Genetics and Society.

Dena Davis, Nancy Gerson, Roselle Ponsaran, and Laura Siminoff's published "Ashkenazi Jews: overburdened and overexposed?" in the September 2010 issue of New Genetics and Society.

Rich Sharp, along with David Landy, D. C. published "Examining the potential for exploitation by local intermediaries" in The American Journal of Bioethics.

Rich Sharp, along with Martin Smith and others, published "Toward competency-based certification of clinical ethics consultants: a four-step process" in The Journal of clinical ethics.

Rich Sharp and Michelle McGowan are among the authors of “Moral Attitudes and Beliefs among Couples Pursuing PGD for Sex Selection”,  an article currently in press for the journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online.

Michelle McGowan, with  Jennifer R. Fishman and Marcie A. Lambrix, presented "Marketing The Promise of Personalized Genomic Medicine in the Clinic" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in Tokyo, Japan, in August, 2010.