'Mapping the New Molecular Landscape: Social and Ethical Aspects of Epigenetics'


A one day-symposium, 'Mapping the New Molecular Landscape: Social and Ethical Aspects of Epigenetics'. This event, supported through a Wellcome Trust Strategic Programme, will take place at the University of Edinburgh on the 24th September 2012.


The aim of the symposium is to bring together social scientists and bioethicists with an established interest in issues related to epigenetics, in order to explore what some of the key social and
ethical issues currently seem to be, and what - based on the history of molecular genetics - we might justifiably expect to see emerge in the future. At the same time, the event will act as a forum within
which participants can critically examine how we might engage with normative concerns that are located in the future rather than the present. In essence, how can we 'do' anticipatory ethics?

Speakers:

Dr Jörg Niewöhner (Humboldt University): 'Social and Ethical Aspects of an Emerging Molecular Biology of Social Difference and Change'.

Professor Paul Martin (University of Sheffield): '"A Central Issue in Biology": Epigenetics, Development and the (re)Making of Molecular Medicine'.

Dr Ilina Singh (LSE): 'Plasticity, Epigenetics and Early Intervention: Thinking in Cases'.

Registration is from 11.00, with talks concluding at 17.15. There will be a wine reception from 17.30-19.30.

There is no charge for the event, and lunch, refreshments and a wine reception will be provided. In general, we are not able to cover travel expenses (though we do have a very small pot of funds left to
help support early career researchers to attend).

This is a final call for participation since limited places remain.

If you would like to attend, please email me at: martyn.pickersgill@ed.ac.uk.
Please also let me know if you have any dietary, access or other requirements. Many thanks.

A symposium report will be available after the event.
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