Past Exploring Ethics Forums

Past programs that were held by the Ethics Center.


What Wearable Cameras and GPS Can Teach Us About Human Behavior

Date & Time Wed, 05/04/2016 at 5:00-7:00 PM Overview Our REACH group (Research in Environments, Active aging and Community Health) is using wearable cameras and location-tracking devices to observe how people behave in real life. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports our work, which is


Genome Sequencing in the Clinic: Promises and Pitfalls

Date & Time Wed, 04/06/2016 at 5:00-7:00 PM Overview Advances in genome sequencing hold tremendous promise for providing answers, tailored therapies and in some case cures for undiagnosed patients. However, how to interpret and act upon volumes of complex genomic data remains a challenge for sequencing


In-Home Studies Using Video-Game Training for Autism

Date & Time Wed, 03/02/2016 at 5:00-7pm Overview The ability to deliver interventions in the home offers both convenience and greater access for families. However, the need to evaluate the success of the interventions in the home also poses some challenges. In advance of our discussion,


Personal Health Data in the Digital Age

Date & Time Wed, 02/03/2016 5:00-7:00 PM Overview Individuals track a variety of their personal health data (PHD) via a growing number of wearable devices and smartphone apps. More and more PHD is also being captured passively as people use social networks, shop on-line, search


Neglected diseases: Can social good trump profit?

Date & Time Wed, 12/02/2015 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Neglected diseases, or more specifically neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), refer to major global health problems that affect hundreds of millions of people. Despite the huge burden of these diseases worldwide, there is little or no interest in the

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Editing the Genome of Mosquitoes

Date & Time Wed, 11/04/2015 5:30-7:00 P.M. Overview UCSD graduate student, Valentino Gantz, and Professor Ethan Bier recently published a Science paper describing a new mechanism of “gene drive.” This is not just a matter of editing the genes of a single individual, but an

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Why What You Know About Protecting Privacy Might Be Wrong

 Date & Time Wed, 05/06/2015 at 5:30-7:00 PM Overview Privacy is a theme that enjoys increasing media attention. Besides Edward Snowden’s disclosures, recent news items include the consequences of Europe’s Draft Data Protection Directive on the use of personal data for advertising, and Mattel’s “Eavesdropping” Barbie