Human genetic sampling

March 12, 2004

The conference will focus on the ethical and legal issues associated with collecting genetic samples from patients for medical research. The availability of genetic samples is critical for the progress of modern medicine, but the collection and use of such samples must navigate numerous legal and ethical landmines. This conference will consider the privacy, informed consent, and intellectual property issues associated with genetic samples and databases. The conference is co-sponsored by the ABA's Special Committee on Bioethics & the Law, the AZ Biodesign Institute, the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC). Registration is available via The College of Law's website, at, or contact Sonja Quinones at 480-965-6606.

Scheduled speakers include Dr. Jeffrey Trent of TGen; Dr. Michael Berens, IGC; Melissa Austin, Institute for Public Health Genetics at the University of Washington; Jean McHale, UK Biobanks Project Ethics Committee; Nanette Elster, Institute of Bioethics at the University of Louisville; Daniel Strouse and Gary Marchant from the College of Law's Center for the Study of Law, Science & Technology; Lawrence Sung, University of Maryland; Richard Mallery, Snell & Wilmer; Lydia Jones, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon; Ray Harris, Fennemore Craig; Barbara Luther, Quarles & Brady; and Kristin Rosati, Coppersmith, Gordon, Schermer, Owens & Nelson.
Established in 1984, the Center for the Study of Law, Science & Technology is the oldest program of its kind in the country. Comprised of faculty and students whose expertise cut across a wide swath of disciplines and experience, the Center embraces a broad vision of the relations between law, science, and technology. The Center's refereed journal, Jurimetrics, is the most widely read and prestigious periodical specializing in law and science.

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