Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Genetics: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues

Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Public Health to Host Conference on Genetic Testing

WHAT: On Feb. 4, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy will co-host with the Illinois Health Ethics Committee Forum and DePaul University College of Law’s Health Law Institute a one-day conference addressing legal, ethical and social issues that arise from genetic testing. The conference will include a screening of the movie “In the Family” and a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker, Joanna Rudnick. The documentary follows Rudnick as she comes face-to-face with her own mortality. At the age of 31, she had to wrestle with a positive genetic test result and make the impossible decision of dashing dreams of having her own children by having her ovaries and breasts removed or risk incredible odds of developing cancer. The Neiswanger Institute’s Katherine Wasson, PhD, MPH, will speak on the controversial issue of direct-to-consumer testing in “Direct-to-consumer genetic testing: What’s all the fuss about?” Her research examines the views, attitudes and ethical concerns raised by primary-care patients making decisions about direct-to-consumer genetic tests. Nanette Elster, JD, MPH, DePaul University College of Law, Health Law Institute, will present the “The Double-Edged Sword of the Double Helix: Legal and Ethical Issues Raised by Genetics.” She will address issues such as the patentability of genetic material and the impact of genetic information on familial relationships.

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. WHERE: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 2160 S. First Avenue Maywood IL 60513


MEDIA: For media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.