CFP: Genetic and Genomic Health: Interdisciplinary explorations of the applications and impacts


Genetic and Genomic Health: Interdisciplinary explorations of the applications and impacts
Venue: Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, University of Cardiff, CF10 3WT
Date: Wednesday 8th May 2013 10:30 – 5:15

The Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society (PFGS) is delighted to announce a call for papers for our first regional meeting for 2013, on the theme of Genetic and Genomic Health.
Scientific advances in genetics and genomics have long promised to improve, or even revolutionise, human healthcare.  Whilst the introduction and integration of such revolutionary genetic and genomic
technologies, into both research and clinical practice, has perhaps been more modest than expected, the range and number of technologies and clinical applications that are being made available is steadily
expanding. Examples of genetic and genomic technologies that have been successfully applied in clinical practice include next generation sequencing, human induced pluripotent stem cells, synthetic biology, and non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) to name but a few. However, alongside purported health benefits, these genetic and genomic technologies have been seen to raise a multitude of social
benefits and concerns, and ethical issues have been raised that have implications that reach far beyond the discussion of health alone.

Through this meeting we aim to bring together students from within a wide range of academic disciplines including law, philosophy, social science, medicine and psychology to explore the possible impact of new and emerging health technologies on individuals, families and societies.  Discussions may include, but will not be limited to, exploration of legal and governance frameworks, theoretical and
applied ethical insights, and qualitative and quantitative studies within the social sciences and psychology. We welcome papers at any stage of research.

The day will consist of an introduction to the topic by an eminent clinician, full student presentations (20 mins + 5 mins questions), brief presentations of works-in-progress (10 mins + 10 mins
discussion) and a break out session to identify key themes and share insights that may emerge across disciplinary boundaries. Proposals should indicate whether for 10 or 20 minute presentations, and include a brief abstract and title (max. 200 words) as well as the name, affiliation, and contact details (including email address) for author(s). Abstracts should be sent to event organiser Hannah Shipman
ShipmanHE@cardiff.ac.uk by 3rd April 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by 17th April 2013.

Funded by the ESRC through the Genomics Forum, PFGS Regional Meetings are small, informal gatherings meant to foster supportive connections between postgraduate researchers across the UK. The conference is free, and we offer a limited number of travel bursaries, up to advance purchase price for rail or coach fare within the UK. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

PGs are warmly encouraged to attend both the Regional Meeting, and our two-day PFGS Colloquium, to take place 24th-25th June 2013. For more information about the Colloquium, the PFGS, and how to get involved, go to http://pfgs.wordpress.com.
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