ELSI Personal Genomics Seminar Series

Research Type: 
Seminar Series


The University of Michigan hosted an interdisciplinary seminar series, “The Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Personal Genomics,” from September 2009 to April 2010 to engage faculty and students alike in business, law, public policy, medicine, public health, and genetics to explore the ethical, legal, and social implications posed by the rapid expansion of genomics services and research. A total of six events took place at Palmer Commons, including lectures and panel presentations from nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field. Please visit series website http://elsi.umich.edu/ for more information.

Study Aims

1. Engage students and faculty members to think more broadly about the ethical, legal and social implications of personal genomics services and understand how stakeholder perspectives overlap and conflict.

2. Create an environment where students and faculty can interact and foster collaborative relationships while learning about emerging applications of personal genomics.

3. Develop infrastructure for a University-wide network in the area of genomics, health, and society that would support future interdisciplinary efforts, including research and training programs.

Funding Source

This series was funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies as a Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar.

Key Personnel

J. Scott Roberts, Ph.D., Committee Chair