Dr Janet Malek’s Seminar on June 3rd, 2015: “A Duty to Use Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for Medical Benefit?”

We are delighted to announce our upcoming SSHM Seminar Series event. Please save the date for Dr. Janet Malek (Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University) who will present her latest work on genetic technologies: “A Duty to Use Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for Medical Benefit?”

PGDThe Seminar will place on Wednesday 3rd June from 13:00-14:30 in Room K0.16, King’s Building, Strand Campus.


Some bioethics scholars have argued that the use of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) to prevent certain genetic conditions is unethical; most hold that doing so is morally permissible.  The more controversial possibility that potential parents could be morally required to use PGD for the benefit of their future children has rarely been considered.  This paper considers the possibility that there are strong ethical arguments in favor of this position and the conditions under which parents could have a duty to use this technology.

Janet Malek received her PhD in philosophy with a specialization in Bioethics from Rice University in 2004. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in North Carolina, USA.  Dr. Malek teaches ethics to medical students and residents and serves on the Ethics Consultation Service.  Her research has focused on pediatric ethics, teaching professionalism, and ethical issues that arise at the intersection of genetic and reproductive technologies.

For more information about our SSHM Seminar Series, please visit:http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/research/RSS.aspx

For a selection of audio-recorded talks, please visit:http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/sshm/research/Research-Labs/RSS-Recordings.aspx

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