Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Mayo Clinic
Topic: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing and Personalized Medicine
July 6, 2010, 10:00 - 11:00am
SSOM Room 170
The Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy is delighted to announce that Barbara Koenig, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Ethics at Mayo Clinic will offer a special lecture on Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Genetic Testing and Personalized Medicine. Dr. Koenig and colleagues have conducted early research in this area with Executive Health Patients and their physicians at Mayo. They also worked in collaboration with Navigenics, a DTC genetic testing company. Please join us for this unique opportunity to engage with Dr. Koenig and this rapidly changing field.
Barbara A. Koenig, Ph.D., an anthropologist who studies contemporary biomedicine, is Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Faculty Associate at the Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Stanford University's Center for Biomedical Ethics, West Coast Research Coordinator for The Hastings Center, and was a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco. She received her undergraduate degrees in history, magna cum laude, and nursing, with distinction, from the University of Minnesota. Her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology was awarded by the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco joint program.
Koenig is one of a small number of anthropologists who works within the interdisciplinary field of bioethics. She has pioneered the use of empirical social science methods in interdisciplinary bioethics research. Her methodological expertise is in the design of research using multiple methods (qualitative and quantitative) and integrating empirical research findings with normative ethical analysis, thus informing the development of health policy and bioethics practices.