Conference Agenda

A Faith and Science Workshop on Ethical Issues in Human Germ-line Editing

Updated 10-5-2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

4:00 – 6:00      Registration
5:00 - 6:00      Wine and Cheese reception – Escalante Room
6:00 – 7:00      Buffet dinner – Wasatch Room
7:30 – 7:45      Welcome and Introductions – Rev. David Nichols & John C. Carey, MD., MPH, Bishop Scott Hayashi
7:45 – 7:55      Video welcome - Dana Carroll, PhD
8:00 – 8:30      Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH -  “Gene Editing in Human Embryos: Values and Choices”
8:30 – 9:00      Rev. Dr. Ted F. Peters - “The CRISPR Revolution and the Precautionary Principle”

Saturday, October 7, 2017

7:45 - 8:15      Continental Breakfast – Wasatch Room
8:15 – 8:30      Welcome and Introduction – Rev. David Nichols, John C. Carey, MD., MPH & Bishop Jim Gonia
8:30 - 9:00      C. Matthew Peterson, MD - “In Vitro Fertilization 1987 – 2012:  Reproduction to Genetic Repair”
9:00 – 9:30      David Grunwald, PhD - "Gene Editing & CRISPR: The Basics"
9:30 - 10:00    Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson - “CRISPR and the Condition of Public Moral Discourse”

10:00 – 10:30  Break for coffee/tea/water

Introduction of speakers – Rev. David Nichols & John C. Carey, MD
10:30 – 11:00  Janet Williams, MS, LGC  - “ELCA Social Statement on Genetics”
11:00 – 11:30  Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, PhD  - “To Mend the World: Genetic Engineering in Jewish Bioethics”

11:30 – 1:30     Buffet Lunch – Wasatch Room

1:30 – 3:00 - 4 Breakout sessions

Overarching Questions:

“What is the inherent good of this new technology?”
“Public policy makers often call for broad public dialogue to guide the use of controversial technologies. What should broad public dialogue look like? Who should be involved and how much weight should be placed on opinions garnered through public engagement?”

Breakout Session 1: Wasatch Room – Facilitator – Peggy Battin, PhD 
“What should the role of clergy or other faith-based counselors in guiding individual or family decisions about the use of genetic technologies? Should the major religious traditions develop doctrinal positions on gene editing technology to guide their followers?”

Breakout Session 2: La Sal 1 Room – Facilitator – James Tabery, PhD 
“The prospects of genetic “enhancement “of children has been controversial. Are there examples of “enhancement” that might be acceptable, if such interventions become feasible and safe? What types of enhancement should be considered unacceptable as a matter of secular public policy or faith-based positions?”

Breakout Session 3: La Sal 2 Room– Facilitator – Jill Sweney, MD, MBA
“Gene editing technologies are likely to be expensive for the foreseeable future. Given the promise and power of these technologies for somatic disease treatment and embryo editing, how should access to these technologies be allocated? Are there issues of justice if only those with substantial means can gain access?”

Breakout Session 4: Uinta Room – Facilitator – Marc Williams, MD
“Germ-line gene editing is controversial. If the safety of gene editing in embryos appears well established, are there other concerns about germline editing from secular or religious perspectives? Are there contexts in which germline editing should be considered acceptable?”

3:00 – 3:30   Break for coffee/tea

3:30 – 5:00    Summarize breakout sessions and addressing questions – Wasatch Room - Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH

5:00  Close Conference