Message posted on 20/05/2022

Does genetic and genomic screening keep open the door to eugenics? - Roundtable discussion, 25th May

                NHGRI invites you to join a conversation on the complexities surrounding
historical and present-day eugenics, scientific racism and ableism in the
context of genetic and genomic screening and diagnostic technologies.

  *   What are the historical connections between the eugenics movement and
genetic counseling -- and their continuing legacies today?

  *   How are ethical and scientific experts addressing the development of
contemporary genetic counseling, reproductive choice, and clinically informed

  *   How can the scientific community discuss health, disease and disability
in an empathetic way?

Weve asked an internationally recognized group of experts, uniquely spanning
humanistic and scientific expertise, to help answer these questions and more.
We will also answer select questions from registered audience members.

Eugenics, scientific and structural racism -- as well as ableism -- are
essential elements of the complex inheritance of genetics, genomics and the
Human Genome Project. Panelists will also address significant societal,
bioethical and philosophical issues, such as those surrounding preimplantation
genetic diagnosis, noninvasive prenatal testing, and newborn sequencing and

When: Wednesday, May 25 from 1-3:00 p.m. ET

Where: Register now

What: Roundtable discussion, Does genetic and genomic screening keep open the
door to eugenics?

Who: Rebecca Mueller (University of Pennsylvania), Vardit Ravitsky (University
of Montreal), Michael Rembis (The University at Buffalo), Camisha Russell
(University of Oregon), Alexandra Minna Stern (University of Michigan), Joy
Boyer (NHGRI), Christopher Donohue (NHGRI), Lori Erby (NHGRI), Eric Green

This event is an extension of our historic symposium addressing the history of
eugenics and scientific racism
-present-day-discussions-of-eugenics-and-scientific-racism) and their complex legacies in the modern
health sciences.

This event is free and open to the public. The symposium will be recorded and
later archived on GenomeTV

For additional information about this event, please contact Britny Kish at

Sign language interpreting and CART services are available upon request to
participate in this event. Individuals needing either of these services and/or
other reasonable accommodations should contact Britny Kish at, 240-381-1283. Requests should
be made at least five days in advance. To access Telecommunications Relay
Services (TRS), call 711.

We hope you will consider joining us for this important event. Feel free to
share with your colleagues and across your networks.

Nicola Sugden
Associate Historian
Engagement Methods Unit
Social and Behavioral Research Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute
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