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Genes, Behavior, and the Social Environment: Moving Beyond the Nature/Nurture Debate
Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the UW Graduate School. Dr. Austin’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research program focuses on the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer. She is currently investigating candidate genes for pancreatic cancer in two case-control studies funded by the National Cancer Institute. She also holds an adjunct position in the Department of Medical History and Ethics and is a co-investigator of the UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health. In her role as Director of the IPHG, Dr. Austin leads an interdisciplinary team of faculty members from seven different schools and colleges (Public Health, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Arts and Sciences, and Public Affairs) that offer M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in Public Health Genetics. As Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Austin oversees academic review of all graduate programs at the UW, approval of new graduate degree programs, and coordination of the 17 interdisciplinary degree programs administered by the Graduate School.
Wendy Baldwin, Ph.D., is the Executive Vice President for Research at the University of Kentucky. Previously she served as the Deputy Director for Extramural Research at the NIH, and prior to that as the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. With a background in social demography, her research areas are adolescent pregnancy and childbearing, AIDS risk behavior, child care and low birth weight, and international aspects of reproductive health. She received the 1997 National Public Service Award for her accomplishments in science administration and reinvention at NIH. Her work at NIH also addressed issues of data sharing and bioethics. She has served on two National Academy of Sciences committees, most recently the Committee on the Assessment of Behavioral and Social Science Research on Aging.
Ellen Wright Clayton, M.D., J.D., the Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of Genetics and Health Policy, Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Law, and Co-Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University, has been studying and teaching the ethical, legal, and social implications of developments in genetics for more than a quarter of a century and has published 2 books and more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has been an active participant in policy debates advising the National Human Genome Research Institute as well as numerous other federal and international bodies on an array of topics, ranging from issues in children’s health, including newborn screening, to the ethical conduct of research involving human subjects. In these roles, she has helped develop policy for numerous national and international organizations. She is a member of the Health Sciences Policy Board of the IOM and recently served on the Committee on the Use of Third Party Toxicity Research with