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Human Subjects Research and Societal Implications

Bruce Conklin, MD, and Barbara Koenig, PhD, RN
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
Monday, November 25, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Mahley Auditorium

Human subjects have been vital to medical research throughout history. However, the ethical components of this research have changed as new discoveries are made.

Take a closer look at the overall ethical components of human subjects research and dive into how a discovery like CRISPR fits into the picture.

In this workshop, Barbara Koenig takes you through classical examples of human subjects ethics before Bruce Conklin elaborates on CRISPR and its relevance to this type of research. The hour wraps up with your questions answered.

This event is open to the Gladstone and UCSF scientific community.

About the Speakers

Bruce Conklin, MD, is a senior investigator at Gladstone Institutes. He and his lab aim to cure genetic diseases using state-of-the-art genome engineering technology. This involves using patient-specific induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to derive tissue from patients who carry disease mutations that could benefit from therapeutic genome editing with CRISPR. Conklin’s team focuses on modeling diseases in iPS cells, then testing the effect of genome editing.

Barbara Koenig, PhD, RN, is an anthropologist working in the inter-disciplinary field of bioethics. She founded and led Biomedical Ethics Research Programs at Stanford and Mayo Clinic. Koenig pioneered the use of empirical methods in the study of ethical questions in science, medicine, and health. Her current interests include characterizations of race in a genomics age, emerging genomic technologies, including biobanking, return of research results to participants, and using deliberative democracy to engage communities about research governance. She has been an active participant in policy development both at a federal level and through her role as fellow of the Hastings Center.

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Office of Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Affairs


The Responsible Conduct of Research program provides Gladstone’s scientific community opportunities to openly discuss ethical issues in scientific research and complete the requirements of the NIH policy. Courses are held every 2 months and cover a variety of topics on scientific ethics.

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