Jean E. McEwen, J.D., Ph.D.

National Human Genome Research Institute

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


Jean E. McEwen, J.D., Ph.D.

Jean E. McEwen
Health Scientist Administrator
Division of Genomics and Society


B.A. University of Minnesota, 1977
J.D. Northwestern University, 1982
Ph.D. Brandeis University, 1996

phone (301) 402-4997
fax (301) 402-1950
e-mail mcewenj@mail.nih.gov
5635 FISHERS LN
Room 4091, MSC 9305
ROCKVILLE, MD 20892-9305


The Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research Program


Dr. McEwen came to the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in 1999 following a career in law practice, teaching and research. In her capacity as Program Director, she currently manages a portfolio of research grants focused on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genomics research and related policy issues, as well as a cooperative agreement for the conduct of a large public consultation study to obtain public input to inform the design of a possible large longitudinal cohort study of the role of genes and environment in health and disease. Previously, she managed grants on the ELSI of genetic variation in complex traits and behavioral genetics, especially as such issues relate to law and social policy.

Dr. McEwen also currently manages a consortium of investigators conducting research on normative, legal and psychosocial issues surrounding the return of genomic research results. Previously, she managed a consortium on the societal implications of genetic variation research.

Dr. McEwen has coordinated community engagement and recruitment for the International HapMap Project and the 1000 Genomes Project. She is responsible for the ELSI research component of the H3Africa program and provides administrative oversight for the bioethics component of the Human Microbiome Project. In addition, she provides guidance on ethical issues for the NHGRI Sample Repository for Human Genetic Research at the Coriell Institute. She participates in many ELSI-related trans-NIH initiatives.

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