October 28, 2005

Ethics meet to focus on DNA collection

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graphic by Dominic Doyle, Medical Art Group

The Fall Ethics Grand Rounds will explore “The Enterprise of DNA Databanking: Facts, Features and Fallacies” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center launched a DNA Databanking effort earlier this year.

The DNA Databank — an anonymous database of genetic and clinical information — will contribute to research efforts to find the key links between genes and disease, and between genes and drug response.

Panelists for the Fall Ethics Grand Rounds include Gordon R. Bernard, M.D., assistant vice chancellor for Research, Daniel R. Masys, M.D., chair of Biomedical Informatics, Jill Pulley, M.B.A., director of the DNA Databank Resource, and Dan M. Roden, M.D., director of the John A. Oates Institute for Experimental Therapeutics. Stuart G. Finder, Ph.D., co-chair of the VUMC Ethics Committee, will moderate the session.