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The Advances in Social Genomics Conference 2024

Anya Prince

Keynote: Thursday, June 6 — 4 to 5 p.m.

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About Anya

Anya Prince is a Professor and the Joseph F. Rosenfield Fellow in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law. Her teaching and research interests explore health and genetic privacy, with a particular focus on genetic discrimination, the health privacy implications of big data, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomic testing. In 2022, she was awarded a four-year R01 grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the ethical, legal, and social implications of sociogenomic polygenic scores.


University of Iowa College of Law


Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetic Testing for Social Traits

Genetic testing for social and behavioral traits may increasingly be incorporated, not only into social science research, but also into other segments of society, such as education, criminal law, and insurance. This talk will highlight the potential ELSI considerations and present empirical research regarding how scientists and the public view the benefits and harms of sociogenomic genetic testing.


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Tamkinat Rauf

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tamkinat Rauf is the Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology. Her research examines disparities in mental, physical, and material well-being. She studies how these inequalities are influenced by macrosocial forces and how they are generated in proximate contexts via the interplay of biological and social psychological processes. Some of her recent work looks at the relationship between income and mental health, linkages between genetic and social causes of depression, and how scholarship about well-being and happiness influences political preferences about inequality.