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UK-France Network on Ethical and Social Issues in Genomic Medicine

Study Day
Monday November 5, 2018,
13:30 – 18:30
Université Paris Diderot,
Room Kupka, 351A*


In January 2018, France and the UK have announced enhanced cooperation between Genomics England and the French ‘Médecine Génomique 2025’ project. Both Nations are committed to international leadership in the development of genomic medicine. Their joint vision is to deliver a global leading 21st Century genomic medicine service by ‘combining the attributes and research endeavour of both Nations and their respective research and healthcare infrastructure’. The successful achievement of this aim requires the development of common approaches, not only to standardisation of the new technologies, but also to ethical standards in research and practice.
Side by side with scientific progress and the clinical application of genomic medicine, ethical and social issues need to be identified and analysed in both countries in order to understand their socio-cultural and normative underpinnings. In-depth understanding of similarities of and differences between the ethical and social issues in each country will allow developing ethical standards that address actual problems and that are adapted to each context.

This Network aims to bring together researchers from both the UK and France in order to reflect on ethical and social questions of genomic technologies and their application. A series of workshops will allow identifying relevant issues and offer a better understanding on how these issues arise in their respective contexts, and show ways of how to address them in practice. The Network will provide a platform where researchers can exchange, learn from each other’s experience and establish collaborations for bigger grant applications on the topics identified. Each workshop will generate joint publications, a special issue or a collected edition.

Steering Group SPHERE–ETHOX Center :
Michael Parker (ETHOX Center), Ruth Horn (ETHOX Center), Marie Gaille (CNRS, UMR 7219 SPHere), Mark Bale, Herve Chneiweiss (CNRS, UMR 8246), Jennifer Merchant (Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas), Anne Cambon-Thomsen (INSERM, UMR 1027)

Initial Meeting and agenda setting: 5th November 2018, Paris
1 Workshop Spring 2019 State of the Art in Genomic Medicine in the UK and France: Where are we? Where are we going? What are the issues?
Presentations on scientific advances, clinical applications, regulations, societal and ethical debates
Discussion groups: identify similarities and differences and particular topics of concern
2 Workshop Late Autumn 2019 Topic to be identified in Workshop I
3 Workshop Early Summer 2020 idem
4 Conference with stakeholders from both countries (scientists, clinicians, researchers, patient groups) and the broader public

PROGRAM November 5, 2018

Organisation : M. Gaille (CNRS, SPHERE)

  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Opening Mike Parker, Ruth Horn, Marie Gaille
    Tour du table (outline of research interests)
  • 13h45 Mark Bale & Herve Chneiweiss: Genomics England, France Medecine Genomique 2025, Genomics England-INSERM cooperation
  • 14:15 Mike Parker
  • 14:30 Ruth Horn
  • 14:45 Marie Gaille
  • 15:00 Jennifer Merchant
  • 15:15 Anne Cambon-Thomsen
  • 15:30 Coffee break
  • 16:00 What would we like to get from this Network?
  • 17:00 Workshop planning, possible collaborations, grant applications, publications
  • 19:00 Dinner

VENUE: Paris Diderot University, site Paris Rive Gauche, 10 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet 75013 Paris – Campus map.

Plan your itinerary with the Parisian Public Transport
Metro : Line 14 and RER C, stop : Bibliothèque François Mitterrand or line 6, stop : Quai de la gare. Buses: 62 and 89 (stop: Bibliothèque rue Mann), 325 (stop: Watt), 64 (stop: Tolbiac-Bibliothèque François Mitterrand)