Free public lecture explores ethical quandaries posed by genomic medicine


Lawyer and bioethicist Amy L. McGuire delivers a keynote lecture exploring legal and ethical questions raised by powerful new knowledge of the human genome.

Researchers are making discoveries that hardly seemed possible a decade ago, and their findings could soon become an accepted part of patient care. There’s a pressing need to understand not only the science of these breakthroughs, but also their ethical, legal and social implications.

The lecture and an accompanying daytime workshop are the 11th in the “Conversations About Ethics” series presented by The Ecumenical Center and the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio through the generous support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

The evening lecture, “Before Birth and Throughout Life: Ethical Considerations in Genomic Sequencing,” is free and open to the public.


Thursday, July 24, 2014
• 5 p.m. reception
• 5:30-6:30 p.m. keynote presentation


Hurd Auditorium, School of Nursing, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio. (Park in Visitor Lot 8)


Amy L. McGuire, J.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, as well as the Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Health Policy. Her research interests include ethical and policy issues in genomics and human genetics, with a particular focus on clinical integration of emerging technologies. She is a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research at the National Institutes of Health, and her current research is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Baylor College of Medicine Health Policy Institute.


The “Conversations About Ethics” lecture series examines ethical dilemmas that influence health care delivery throughout the life cycle. For more information, visit or

This “Conversations About Ethics” also features a daytime workshop on the complex family dynamics involved in diagnosing and treating genetically linked illnesses. “Families and the New Era of Genetics: Meeting Clinical and Ethical Challenges,” will be presented by John Rolland, M.D., M.P.H., co-founder of the Chicago Center for Family Health and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The daytime workshop has reached capacity, but members of the news media are welcome to attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Ecumenical Center, 8310 Ewing Halsell. Contact Jennifer Hatton at 210-241-3670 for information on the workshop.

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