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Conferences and symposiums Human cells and germline editing – ethical dilemmas, KI South Ethics symposium 2020

03-09-2020 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Add to iCal
Campus Flemingsberg Jan-Åke Gustafssonsalen, Neo, Blickagången 16

The first KI South ethics symposium 2020 is arranged by the Dean and departmental group KI South & the KI president will attend. Lectures by world-leading scientists within various gene-editing technologies and ethics followed by discussions with the KI ethics council and experts, among others Jin-Soo Kim, Professor and Director, Center for Genome Engineering, Seoul National University and Antje Jackelén Archbishop of Uppsala, Primate (prima inter pares) of the Church of Sweden.

Registration required. Save the date 3/9 – more detailed information to come!

Gene-editing technologies can alter the genes that people pass on to the next generation, and therefore modify the gene pool of the human species. 2018, a Chinese biophysicist used the CRISPR technology to genetically alter the genes in embryos and give them immunity to HIV.

Considered highly experimental and unethical by most scientists around the world, we address with this symposium the impact of the new and rapidly developing gene editing technologies for genetic research and for the society.

Confocal microscopy picture illustrating progerin expression in the skin of a progeria model. Photo: Gwladys Revêchon
Confocal microscopy pictures illustrating progerin expression in the skin of a progeria model. Photo: Gwladys Revêchon

The first KI South ethic symposium is organised by the Dean and departments at KI South, sponsored by CIMED. Opening remarks by KI president Ole Petter Ottersen and Dean KI South.

Moderators: Maria Eriksdotter, Dean KI South and Niklas Juth, associate professor in medical ethics at LIME, Karolinska Institutet - who will also lead the panel discussion.

Confirmed speakers: Jin-Soo Kim Professor and Director, Center for Genome Engineering, Institute for Basic Science and Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University. Antje Jackelén Ärkebiskop Svenska kyrkan. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Professor and Director, Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy, Oregon Health & Science University. Fredrik Lanner Assistant Professor, Dept. for Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet and Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Karolinska University Hospital. Bernhard Schmierer Senior Researcher and Head of the Genome Engineering Core Facility, Karolinska Institutet and SciLifelab. Roger Strömberg Professor of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry, Dept. of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet. Nils-Eric Sahlin Professor and Chair of Medical Ethics, Lund University, expert member of The Swedish National Council of Medical Ethics and Chairman of Swedish Research Council’s (Vetenskapsrådets) Expert Group on Ethics.

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