November 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Bioethics Grand Rounds

Bioethical Issues in Genetic Counseling

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  • Dana Howard, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Bioethics, Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy
    The Ohio State University College of Medicine

  • Jordan E. Brown, MA, MS, CGC
    Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
    Assistant Director, Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
    Licensed Genetic Counselor
    Comprehensive Cancer Center
    The Ohio State University

At the conclusion of this presentation the learner will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the norms and ethical challenges of clinical genetic counseling

  2. Participants will be able to evaluate historical and current practices of genetic counseling with an eye to how the historical development of the field contributes to current ethical and social challenges

Articles used to create this talk:

  • Cohen, Leslie. “The de‐coders: A historical perspective of the genetic counseling profession.” Birth Defects Research. 2020;112: 307-315.
  • Lombardo PA. The power of heredity and the relevance of eugenic history. Genet Med. 2018;20(11):1305-1311. doi:10.1038/s41436-018-0123-4.
  • Stramondo, Joseph. "Disabled by design: Justifying and limiting parental authority to choose future children with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis." Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 27.4 (2017): 475-500.
  • Chen, Stephanie C., and David T. Wasserman. "A framework for unrestricted prenatal whole-genome sequencing: Respecting and enhancing the autonomy of prospective parents." The American Journal of Bioethics 17.1 (2017):3-18.
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