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Human Gene Editing: At the Cutting Edge

Posted by nte on November 28, 2016 in Bioethics in the City
Image courtesy of Paola Marignani Lab

RSC-Atlantic Symposium on the science of gene editing and its social, cultural, economic, and ethical implications.

Monday, November 28, 2016 (9:00-12:40 + lunch, 12:40-13:30)
Theatre D, Sir Charles Tupper Building, 5850 College St., Dalhousie University, Halifax NS
Light lunch provided.
All are welcome.

Join experts from Dalhousie and abroad for an RSC-Atlantic Symposium on the science of gene editing and its social, cultural, economic, and ethical implications. Each presentation will be followed by a question period and general discussion.

Topics for discussion:

  • how gene editing technologies can assist in understanding how life on this planet works, giving new possibilities for treating and preventing diseases;
  • the current patent dispute regarding CRISPR;
  • the imagined future(s) that this science makes possible; and,
  • some of the ethical concerns regarding the potential modification of the human species.

Co-moderators: Françoise Baylis & Paola Marignani

  • Françoise Baylis (PhD), Novel Tech Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Imogen Coe (PhD), Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ryerson University
  • Teresa Heffernan (PhD), Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, St. Mary's University
  • Paola Marcato (PhD), Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Paola Marignani (PhD), Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Andrea McCormick (MSc), Life & Health Sciences, Industry Liaison and Innovation, Research Services, Dalhousie University


9:00-9:15 Françoise Baylis Welcome
9:15-10:15 Imogen Coe Gene-editing and gender equity: Connecting the consequences
10:15-10:40 Paola Marignani Applying gene-editing platforms to better understand human diseases
10:40-11:00  BREAK
11:00-11:25 Paola Marcato RNAi screening to better understand & treat cancer
11:25-11:50 Andrea McCormick Freedom to edit – the CRISPR legal battle
11:50-12:15 Teresa Heffernan Where science meets fiction
12:15-12:40 Françoise Baylis Human gene editing: Insights from slow science
12:40-12:45 Paola Marignani
Closing remarks
12:45-13:30 LUNCH
19:00-21:45 Françoise Baylis, Jason Haslam, Paola Marignani Public screening of GATTACA followed by expert-led panel discussion. Royal Bank Theatre, 1796 Summer St., main floor entrance, Halifax Infirmary. Click here for more details.

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