A virtual workshop jointly supported by the NIEHS/NHGRI is coming up January 11th – 12th, 2022 with the aim of exploring ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) in research endeavors related to gene-environment interaction (GxE) and genetic susceptibility to environmental exposures.
The workshop will bring a wide range of disciplines and expertise to inform NIH on a variety of ELSI topics relevant to GxE studies
The 4 key focus areas are:
- Complexities of conveying individual and community-level findings and risks from GxE research.
- Approaches to collaborate with communities in GxE research, to address community concerns and leverage findings from research merging exposure data with genomics data.
- Potential stigmas, discrimination, and privacy issues associated with the combined use of genomic, GIS, and other identifying data, and with the identification of subpopulations at disease risk due to genetic susceptibility to environmental exposures.
- Unique sensitivities related to environmental justice and health disparities associated with the identification of vulnerable or higher-risk populations in a GxE study (e.g., where individuals are living in geographic areas linked to high exposures to environmental pollutants).
Registration is open: https://nih.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsd-uqqD4jGuHLzhXJjSPDONe-eVER17k
For more information, visit the workshop website: https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/events/elsi/index.cfm