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Guard Your Health: Preventive Care and Genetic Testing

Guard Your Health: Preventive Care and Genetic Testing

This session was part of Judaism, Health, and Healing, a daylong Chicago Community Resource Conference addressing issues and providing resources on health-related topics that impact every individual and every family. The conference featured experts in the fields of healthcare, law, and Jewish studies.

Guard Your Health: Preventive Care and Genetic Testing
is a Session 1 selection (takes place 9:00 am – 10:30 am)

Presented by Nanette Elster and Joshua D. Sarnoff.

Is there a duty to disclose genetic test results to family members? Professors Nanette Elster and Joshua Sarnoff will discuss the risks, benefits, and impacts of pre-natal and pre-conception genetic testing, and the restrictions on genetic testing on women, impact of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, and implications for patient autonomy and informed consent.
Geared toward doctors, healthcare works, lawyers, and people interested in genetics and genetic testing, this panel will consider ethical concerns regarding the current state of patent law dealing with gene patents and gene diagnostic method patents, and discuss implications of patent law for freedom to research, provide medical care, and research and develop biotechnology products and diagnostic methods.
In this session participants will learn about:
  • types of genetic testing
  • ethical concerns related to genetic testing
  • the scope and impact of recent legislation
  • current and future issues raised by advances in genetic testing

Nanette Elster, JD is vice president of Spence
& Elster, PC, a Chicago-area law firm working in the area of fertility law. She also teaches Assisted Reproduction and the Law as well as Public Health Law at the
John Marshall Law School, and is a lecturer at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a law degree from Loyola University School of Law, and a Master of Public Health from Boston University.

She has extensive experience in legal, public health, and ethical issues related to women’s and children’s health. Ms. Elster currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Jewish Genetics and is a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago embryo stem cell research oversight committee, RESOLVE Advisory Board on Public Awareness of Embryo Donation, the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, and the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law.  She has authored numerous articles, spoken nationally and internationally, and has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and NPR.

Joshua D. Sarnoff, JD is a professor of law at DePaul University, where he teaches patent law and other related courses. Prior to joining DePaul, he was a professor at the Washington College of Law at American University, teaching patent law and supervising students in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Mr. Sarnoff is a registered patent attorney and a member of the bars of California and Washington, DC. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and serves on advisory boards of various nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Sarnoff has written numerous articles and book chapters on patent law and has been involved in a wide range of intellectual property legal and policy disputes. He has submitted testimony on domestic patent law reform bills, has filed numerous amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, has been a pro bono mediator for the Federal Circuit, and was a consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Professor Sarnoff was formerly in the private practice of intellectual property, environmental, and food and drug law in Washington, D.C.

Offered by Spertus InstituteDePaul
University College of Law Center for
Jewish Law & Judaic Studies
, and
University of Illinois at Chicago College 
of Medicine
in cooperation with the 
Jewish Healing Network of Chicago
the Center for Jewish Genetics, and 
Metro Chicago Hillel, with foundation 
support through The Charles 
& M.R. Shapiro Foundation.

DePaul University College of Law 
is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This conference has been approved
for up to 6.5 hours of General Illinois Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
The cost for these optional credits is $54.00 in addition to the pricing at left.

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This conference has been approved for up to 6.5 hours
of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.
The cost for these optional credits is $54.00 in addition
to the pricing at left.