Should people have access to their own genomes?

Not all that long ago, researchers and IRBs didn’t have to wrestle with the larger implications of genetics research. Scientific advances in this area mean we now have to consider the implications of the use and study of genetic information. An upcoming lecture will address one aspect of this issue, and we encourage reviewers to attend:


Harvey and Bernice Jones Lecture in Pediatric Ethics

Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds

June 2, 2015, 8:00-9:00 am

Location:  Chairman’s Hall, Sturgis Building, Arkansas Children’s Hospital


“Fifty Shades of Genomics:  Should people have access to their own genomes even though it may be risky”

John Lantos, MD (Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO)



John Lantos, MD, board-certified pediatrician and nationally-known ethicist, is the Director of the Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center (CMBC). Dr. Lantos spent 21 years at the University of Chicago, most recently as Professor of Pediatrics and the Associate Chair for Academic Affairs. After two years as the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics, he became the inaugural director of bioethics at Children’s Mercy, developing the CMBC. He received his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He completed a fellowship in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago. He has served as president of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. He has written or edited numerous books and has published more than 250 journal articles and book chapters.  He is also the editor of “Ethics Rounds” in the AAP’s journal Pediatrics.