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Ethical and Policy Challenges in the Translation of Cell and Gene Therapies


You are invited to Dr. Aaron D. Levine’s public seminar as part of the recruitment process for the position of Professor (tenure) in Translational Medicine at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. This is a formal presentation to the faculty, staff and students highlighting Dr. Regier’s expertise and qualifications.

Presentation: Ethical and Policy Challenges in the Translation of Cell and Gene Therapies

Date & Time:
11:30AM-12:30PM PT, Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Room B104, School of Population and Public Health, 2206 East Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z3
If attending on Zoom, please register using the link below to receive the Zoom details.

About the presenter

Aaron D. Levine is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Research and Outreach in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech. From 2014 to 2023, he also held an appointment as a Guest Researcher in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He leads ethics and policy research for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT). His research focuses on the intersection between public policy and bioethics. Much of his work has examined the development of stem cell science, particularly research using human pluripotent stem cells, and the translation of novel cell therapies. He also writes extensively on the oversight of contentious areas of medicine, such as assisted reproductive technology. Earlier in his career, he received a NSF CAREER award to examine the impact of ethical controversy on graduate science education and the development of scientific careers.  He currently serves as Vice-Chair for Bioethics on the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy’s Committee on the Ethics of Cell and Gene Therapy and, in 2022, completed a three-year term as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and also a long-time member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Aaron has a long-standing interest in science communication and is the author of Cloning: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld Publications, 2007), an accessible introduction to the science of cloning and embryonic stem cells and the ethical and policy controversies this science inspires. He was an AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow for 2019-2020.

He completed his Ph.D. in Public Affairs at Princeton University, where his dissertation research examined the impact of public policy on the development of human embryonic stem cell science.  He also holds an M. Phil. from the University of Cambridge, where, as a Churchill Scholar, he studied computational biology at the Sanger Centre and developed algorithms to help analyze the human genome sequence, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

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