ELSI Friday Forum is a monthly one-hour seminar series featuring topics on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetics and genomics research. Join us from 12:00-1:00 pm ET / 9:00-10:00 am PT on the second Friday of each month for talks and panels on a broad array of issues, explored through an ELSI lens.
On November 13, join us for a conversation on “Structural Racism and Genomics in the Time of COVID,” with Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at George Washington University and Vence L. Bonham, Jr, JD, Senior Advisor to the NHGRI Director on Genomics and Health Disparities and Associate Investigator, Social and Behavioral Research Branch at NHGRI.
The 30th anniversary of the Human Genome Project comes at a moment of unprecedented international crisis. The coronavirus now accounts for over one million deaths worldwide and has ravaged communities of color in the US, disproportionately killing Black and Brown Americans at rates two to four times the national average. While we know that these elevated deaths are influenced by social determinants of health and systemic bias, some look to genetics to explain these inequalities. As scholars and researchers committed to the study of the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics (ELSI), how can we address entrenched inequities revealed by the catastrophic toll of the pandemic? What does it mean for racism to be structural in ELSI research? And, what would constitute a justice-forward genomics research agenda? In our inaugural ELSI Friday Forum, Professor Sandra Soo-Jin Lee (Columbia University) will moderate a discussion with Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew (George Washington University Law School) and Dr. Vence Bonham (National Human Genome Research Institute) on structural racism in the context of developments in human genetics.