Community Genetics Forum 2005

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A Community Forum on Genetics: DNA, Health, and Social Justice

Hosted by the University of Washington
Sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute

William H. Gates Hall, University of Washington
Saturday, May 21, 2005
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.




The National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) Education and Community Involvement Branch (ECIB), in coordination with the University of Washington, coordinated A Community Genetics Forum: DNA, Health, and Social Justice to engage communities from the state of Washington in an interactive dialogue regarding the implications of genome research on personal healthcare and its effects on society. Formerly known as "Consumer Day," A Community Genetics Forum is designed to inform and empower diverse communities with the knowledge needed to take advantage of the genome era.

The University of Washington convened a community advisory group to inform the planning of the Forum.

The members were:

A Community Genetics Forum provided an opportunity to discuss the promises and challenges of genetics, with a special focus on the ethical, social and legal implications of genome research.

Speakers and Session Facilitators:

Forum participants had the opportunity to think about society and genetics, to learn from each other and to raise questions directly with researchers in small group breakout sessions. Individuals from NHGRI attended the symposium to help moderate and guide discussion in these breakout sessions, and to share their expertise with Forum participants.

Topics for discussion, as identified by community groups in the state of Washington:
NHGRI Staff who led breakout sessions:

For more information, go to: DNA, Health, and Social Justice: A Community Genetics Forum []


Sarah Harding, NHGRI
Community Outreach Analyst

Chetana Acharya, University of Washington
Phone: (206) 616-2643

Joon-Ho Yu, University of Washington
Phone: (206) 616-4979

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