Research

Learn More

About Us

Learn More

Education

Learn More

UCEER

ELSI Research

The University of Utah has a strong tradition in human genetics and ELSI research. Our NIH grant is a collaborative, trans-disciplinary center for research and teaching in ELSI issues. The University of Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI Research (UCEER) focuses primarily on issues relevant to population screening for genetic conditions in the health care of women and children. 

Latest News

research
Nov 22, 2021

3.00 PM - 4:30 PM Thursday, December 9, 2021. Genetics Hot Topics: A Collaborative Evening Ethics with UCEER (Utah Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Research)

"Ethical concerns related to direct-to-consumer genetic testing for suicide risk and other mental health conditions" With Anna Docherty, Brent Kious, Teneille Brown, and Leslie Francis. Most mental health conditions and symptoms are polygenic, in that their genetic risk is attributable to many gene variants with small individual effects. Even so, polygenic risk scores have been calculated for a variety of mental health conditions and symptoms, including suicide death and suicidal ideation. Some companies have already started to offer direct-to-consumer genetic tests for a variety of mental health conditions, and may soon offer to polygenic risk scores for suicide. We examine ethical and legal concerns related to this potential development and consider unique issues related to the direct-to-consumer evaluation of genetic risk for suicide. ... Read More

Select...
Vitae 2021 | Research Stories
research
Nov 15, 2021

Vitae 2021 | Research Stories

Join us for the 9th annual Vitae. We will be regaled by the stories of six rising faculty members. They'll share their journey of how they came to be focused on their respective areas of expertise and what their research promises for the future. ... Read More

Select...
Funding Opportunity | Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
research
Nov 15, 2021

Funding Opportunity | Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare. ... Read More

Select...
Research Incentive Seed Grant Program
research
Nov 15, 2021

Research Incentive Seed Grant Program

This is a simple reminder that Research Incentive Seed Grant Program applications are due for all colleges on December 1. Tenure-line faculty and Career-line faculty who hold at least a .75 FTE appointment and are in residence at UU are eligible to apply. ... Read More

Select...