OHSU-wide discussion of the science and ethics of gene repair, May 14

This image shows individual blastomeres within the early embryos two days after co-injection

Panel featuring Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Paula Amato, Kurt Freeman, Dana Braner, Bryan Cwik

OHSU researchers have been at the forefront of gene repair techniques, including the first demonstration of the CRISPR technique to repair a disease-causing mutation in humans.

The international community, led in part by OHSU faculty, has called for a broad discussion on the implications and ethical uses of these techniques. How and when is it appropriate to carry out research with CRISPR and related techniques on human embryos? How should we regulate these techniques? How do we ensure all stakeholders’ voices are heard?


An OHSU-wide discussion
of science and ethics

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
5:30 to 7 p.m.
OHSU Auditorium
Wine and cheese served
Research Week 2019, May 13-15

Join the Research Week organizing committee and OHSU Research and Innovation for a university-wide discussion of emerging gene repair technologies. Short scientific presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, including opportunities for audience questions.

Panelists include:

  • Kurt Freeman, Ph.D., ABPP, professor of pediatrics and director, Institute on Development and Disability, OHSU
  • Dana Braner, M.D., FAAP, FCCM, professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics, OHSU
  • Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director, Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy, OHSU
  • Paula Amato, M.D., associate professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OHSU
  • Bryan Cwik, Ph.D., (panel moderator), assistant professor, Department of Philosophy and University Studies, Portland State University