Workshop: Managing the International Impact of Biotechnology, Edinburgh

Workshop invitation: “Managing the International Impact of Biotechnology”
Date and Location: 2-3 March, University of Edinburgh
This workshop, supported by the BBSRC GCRF Impact Acceleration Fund, aims to explore the challenges presented by emerging biotechnologies in the international context. How do we ensure that the impact of new biotechnologies is positive and that it addresses health, welfare and development needs within low and middle-income countries in order to meet the demands of global justice? Featuring speakers from the UK, Mexico, China and Japan, our workshop will examine case studies of specific technologies (reproductive technologies; regenerative medicine and cell therapies; and gene editing) that have the potential to generate both positive and disruptive impact, in order to define and characterise these challenges, and work towards strategies for addressing them.
We welcome interested participants to join us for the entire workshop or specific sessions of interest. Please confirm your attendance to, as space may be limited.
All sessions will be held in Room 5.15 Charteris Land (Holyrood Rd).
Thurs 2 March, 13:30 – 16:00
SESSION 1: Reproductive technologies
  • Dr Cesar Palacios-Gonzalez, Kings College, London: “Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques: The Mexican Case”
  • Dr Xiaofan Zeng, Beijing Genomics Institute, Shenzhen: “Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in China and the UK: A comparative policy and ethics analysis”
Fri 3rd March, 10:00 – 12:00
SESSION 2: Regenerative medicine and cell therapies
  • Doug Sipp, RIKEN Institute, Kobe: “Stem Cell Commercialization: From backdoors to open doors”
  • Dr María de Jesús Medina Arellano, National Autonomous University of Mexico: “Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine in Mexico”
Fri 3rd March, 13:15 – 16:30
SESSION 3: Gene Editing
  • Prof Liangxue Lai, Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health: “Gene Editing of Large Animals in China”
  • Prof Simon Lillico, Roslin Institute, Edinburgh: “Gene Editing: A UK Perspective”
  • Dr Lucy Gao, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing: “How Should China Manage Gene Editing? A broad review of the social-technical landscape of genetic technology governance in China”
Fri 3rd March, 16:30 – 17:30
SESSION 4: Final Discussion and Lessons Learned
Sarah Chan
Chancellor’s Fellow
Usher Institute for Population Health Sciences and Informatics
University of Edinburgh
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 7882  (Until Feb 2017: +1 202 751 6886)

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