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Professor Audrey Chapman

Community Medicine and Healthcare

University of Connecticut

Audrey R. Chapman is Professor of Community Medicine and Healthcare and holds the Healey Memorial Chair in Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Prior to coming to the University of Connecticut in July 2006, she served as the Director of the Science and Human Rights Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Senior Associate for Ethics for the AAAS Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion. She received a PhD in public law and government from Columbia University and graduate degrees in theology and ethics from New York Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of sixteen books and more than 45 peer reviewed articles and reports. Her books include Genetic Research on Addiction: Ethics, the Law, and Public Health; Designing Our Descendants: The Promises and Perils of Genetic Modifications (with Mark Frankel); and Unprecedented Choices: Religious Ethics at the Frontiers of Genetic Science.

She has worked extensively on ethical and policy issues related to embryonic stem cell research. She served as the coauthor of the 1999 report Stem Cell Research and Applications: Monitoring the Frontiers of Biomedical Research for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Institute for Civil Society. She has published articles on ethical issues related to stem cell research and early clinical trials on therapeutics derived from pluripotent stem cells in peer reviewed journals including the American Journal of Bioethics, AJOB Neuroscience, the Journal of Clinical Research and Bioethics, and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. She serves as the Chair of the University of Connecticut Stem Cell Oversight Committee. She is also is a member of the State of Connecticut Stem Cell Ethics and Law Working Group.

Her recent research on genetic technologies has focused on issues related to genetic research on addiction and noninvasive genetic prenatal diagnosis. She has published articles on this latter topic in JAMA, Prenatal Diagnosis, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology.