Pre-requisites: None

Aims/Description: The module provides a framework for legal, social and ethical understanding of medical genomics. Students will be provided with a platform to consider legal and ethical issues related to patient confidentiality, informed consent, genetic screening, and the feedback of results. Students will consider the impact of genomic technologies on individual lives, those of demographic and ethnic groupings, and the risks and controls relevant to the prospect of genetic discrimination. Finally students will consider the current national and international legal framework for the governance of processing and sharing genetic information for research purposes. Students will critically evaluate current controls over sharing genetic and other health data for research, diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Staff Contact: Helen Hickson
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Practical

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Neuroscience):

Teaching timetable


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