Conversations About Ethics

Harnessing the Genome: Ethics In Gene Editing: Now and the Future (Evening Lecture @ UT Health San Antonio)

Julian Savulescu, PhD

Medical research always carries risk, and this even more true for gene editing, which makes heritable changes. It has the potential to eradicate single-gene diseases, like Huntington’s Disease, in the not-too-distant future, but there are potential trade-offs. One enduring fear is that diversity will be lost as the range of acceptable traits narrows. Whether we should use gene editing in humans is a matter of urgent ethical debate. How we should use it, if we do, raises a series of complex issues that will challenge our agreed ethical principles and regulatory frameworks. Although the technology is in its infancy, the time to start addressing the ethical and regulatory issues is now. 

Dr. Savulescu will discuss how accepting and managing the revolution of gene editing is key to it unfolding ethically and to the benefit of humanity, and the individuals who pioneer it as research subjects.

Also join us for the luncheon seminar on Harnessing the Genome: Gene Editing, Psychiatry and Moral Bioenhancement. Register for Luncheon Seminar Here


Julian Savulescu, PhDUehiro Chair in Practical Ethics Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics Co-Director, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities University of Oxford. 

Dr. Savulescu, is a leader in medical and practical ethics, with more than 400 publications, an h index of 63 and over 15,000 citations in total. He spent 10 years as Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, the highest impact journal in the field, and is founding editor of Journal of Practical Ethics, an open access journal in Practical Ethics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to articulate ethical reasons for and against pursuing gene-editing trials in humans.
  • Participants will be able to describe potential impacts of human gene-editing on individuals directly affected by the technology, members of society who may be affected in less direct ways, and humanity in general.

Continuing Education:

For both the luncheon keynote and evening keynote:

CME:This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

†This presentation meets the Texas Medical Board criteria for formal continuing medical education involving the study of medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

CEUThe Ecumenical Center is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Texas for the following: LPC, LMFT, LSW, LCSW AND LMSW

The lunch seminar provides 2.0 Ethics Continuing Education Units, and the evening keynote provides 1.0 Ethics Continuing Education Unit.

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