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Vanderbilt University: Religion and Genomics



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For the past two years with the support of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture at Vanderbilt, faculty, staff, and graduate students at Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College have been working together to understand the role religion plays as clinicians (genetic counselors, nurses, and physicians), clergy, and patients deal with learning about genetic contributions to disease in the clinical setting.

 

Our work in this area has been both conceptual and empirical, with each inquiry informing and enriching the other. Other scholars around the country have been exploring this critical intersection as well.

 

The purpose of this conference is to convene investigators involved in transdisciplinary projects with local participants from the clinic, the church, and the public to identify:

  1. What is currently understood about the role religion plays in individuals’ responses to genetic information
  2. What is currently understood about the role religion plays in shaping clinicians’ and clergy’s efforts to assist patients and parishioners when dealing with genetic information
  3. What resources are needed to assist patients, clinicians, and clergy
  4. What are new areas of inquiry for the future

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All events will be held in Vanderbilt’s Student Life Center Board of Trust Room unless otherwise noted.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2008*

6:00–6:45 p.m.

Reception

7:00–8:30 p.m.

Public Lecture
“Heredity and Hope: Intersections of Genetics and Faith in the Clinic”

Speaker: Ruth Schwartz Cowan

*These two events will be held in Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt Law School.

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2008

8:00–8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

8:45–9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

9:00–9:45 a.m.

Methodological Aspirations
Speakers: Larry Churchill, Joe Fanning

10:00–11:45 a.m.
“Religion and Genomics: Sharing History, Sharing Healing”

Speakers: Ruth Schwartz Cowan, David H. Smith

Noon–12:45 p.m.

Lunch

1:00–3:30 p.m.
“Mapping Religion in the Clinic: Patients, Genomics,

and Religious Pathways–Part 1”

Speakers (Empirical): Virginia Bartlett, Rolanda L. Johnson, Tina M. Harris,

Anita Yeomans Kinney

3:30–5:00 p.m.
“Mapping Religion in the Clinic: Patients, Genomics,

and Religious Pathways–Part 2”

Speakers (Conceptual): B. Andrew Lustig, Mark J. Bliton, Timothy Jackson

7:00–9:00 p.m.

Dinner

FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008

7:30–8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

8:15–10:00 a.m.
“Health Care Professionals and Religion: Is This Trail Off Limits?”

Speakers: Gail Geller, Charles L. Bosk, Joel Frader
10:15–11:30 a.m.
“Genomics, Religion, and Communication: Traversing Perspectives,

Vocabularies, and Findings”

Speaker: Rebecca Anderson, Mary T. White

11:45–12:15 p.m.
“Genomics, Religion, and Healing: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Speakers: Ellen Wright Clayton, Nancy Press

 

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