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Volume 9, Number 19Space holderMay 13, 2005

UW Hosts Forum on Genetics on May 21

The UW will host a free community forum on genetics from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 21, in the UW School of Law's William Gates Hall.

The event is called, DNA, Health, and Social Justice. Participants will discuss the promises and challenges of genetics, with attention to its ethical, social, and legal implications. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will give the keynote address and participate in some sessions.

Other speakers will be: Sharon Terry, executive director of Genetic Alliance, a national advocacy group for people with genetic diseases; Ralph Forquera, executive director of the Seattle Indian Health Board, a local organization dedicated to the well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives; and Makani Themba-Nixon, executive director of the Praxis Project, a national program that teaches people how to advocate for health-care policies in their communities.

The National Human Genome Research Institute is sponsoring the forum. Others collaborating in the event are the National Institutes of Health and several UW partners, including the Department of Medical History and Ethics, Department of Genome Sciences, and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

For more information or to register, contact Chetana Acharya at 206-616-2643,, or Joon-Ho Yu at 206-616-4979,

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