Wylie Burke Named UCSF Presidential Chair

UCSF Proudly Announces the
2013-14 Presidential Chair

Wylie Burke, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Bioethics and Humanities
University of Washington

Professor Burke is one of the preeminent scholars today examining the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of advances in human genetics, particularly the translation of novel genomic technologies from the bench to the clinic.  Professor Burke has been awarded the UCSF Presidential Chair, a position that is intended to encourage new or interdisciplinary program development and to enhance quality in existing academic programs. While in residence at UCSF, Professor Burke will be:

  • Teaching a new, interdisciplinary course:
    • Challenges in “Precision” Genomic Medicine and Public Health
    • Spring Quarter 2014
  • Keynote speaker in the Presidential Chair Lecture Series (May 5-9, 2014), with commentary by Medical Anthropologist Margaret Lock (McGill) and Genetic Epidemiologist Muin Khoury (CDC and NCI)
  • Participate in seminars and working groups sponsored by the Center for Transdisciplinary ELSI Research in Translational Genomics (CT2G)

Wylie Burke is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University Of Washington. She received a PhD in Genetics and a MD from the University of Washington. Dr. Burke is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, past President of the American Society of Human Genetics, and former Chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on the Translation of Genome-based Research for Health. She is also the founding director of the University of Washington's “Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality” that is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Her research grapples with the ethical and policy implications of genomics in medicine and public health.

Prof. Burke's visit is jointly hosted at UCSF by the Institute for Health & Aging, the Institute for Human Genetics, and the Dept. of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine.

For additional information or if you would like to meet with Prof. Burke during her visit, please contact [email protected] or 415-502-0147.