Applications now accepted for genomic science fellowship training program

July 9, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M School of Public Health has received federal funding to launch an integrated, interdisciplinary fellowship program that will provide training in the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomic science.

Led by Scott Roberts, professor of health behavior and health education at Michigan Public Health, the ELSI Research Training Program is funded by a T32 training grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Human Genome Research Institute and will launch in fall 2018.

“The fields of genetics and genomics have exploded in recent years, which brings great opportunities, including advances in precision health,” Roberts said. “But these important advances also pose ethical, legal and social questions and dilemmas. For example, we don’t fully understand the benefits and harms of emerging technologies, such as CRISPR, or of the use of whole genome sequencing across medical, research and direct-to-consumer settings. How do we best regulate and manage these applications?”

The ELSI Research Training Program will provide individually tailored training for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, including advanced coursework, research mentoring and professional development led by an interdisciplinary team of U-M faculty mentors with expertise and resources in public health, medicine, public policy, and social and behavioral disciplines. In addition, fellows will have the opportunity to learn about research and practice in public health genetics, genetic counseling, human genetics, genomic medicine, health law, science & technology studies, and bioethics.

Applications for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship positions are currently being accepted. Click here for more information.