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Tuesday, January 22

Twenty-First Century Genomic Healthcare:
What Care and For Whom?

Kevin T. FitzGerald, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate Seminar
1:00 PM — 2:00 PM, Building 4500-N, Weinberg Auditorium
Contact: Kristina Thiagarajan (, 865.241.5214


Almost daily one can find reports in the media touting new and exciting advances in genetic research and genomic medicine. The intent of this presentation is to examine some of these new medical technologies and the assumptions often associated with them in the media as to how they will benefit us, to then elucidate fundamental problems inherent in these assumptions, and to suggest perspectives that could result in a better integration of these advances into our health care systems and our society.

About the speaker
Kevin T. FitzGerald, S.J., Ph.D., Ph.D., is the Dr. David Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics in the Center for Clinical Bioethics at. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at the Georgetown University Medical Center. His research efforts focus on the investigation of abnormal gene expression in cancer and on ethical issues in biomedical research. He is a founding member of Do No Harm, a member of the ethics committee for the March of Dimes, and a member of the Stem Cell Research Commission for the State of Maryland.