Senior Researcher, Uppsala University, Centre for Research Ethics & BioethicsBiography
Heidi Carmen Howard is a senior researcher at the Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics at Uppsala University (Sweden).She received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Biology from McGill University (Montréal, Canada). The focus of her PhD was neurogenetics and she continued her genetics training in psychiatric genetics at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona (Spain) and at the Douglas Hospital in Montréal (Canada). With an Erasmus Mundus fellowship, she completed the Erasmus Mundus Master of Bioethics programme in 2008. She then spent four years with the support of the European Commission FP7 Marie Curie Career Development Awards (2009-2011; 2011-2013) which allowed her to work on the ethical, legal and social issues (ELSI) related to genetics and genomics as well as biobanking at KULeuven (Belgium) and inserm (France) respectively.Currently, her main areas of research are the ELSI of risk information in genetics and genomics, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, public health genomics, new genomic technologies, participant-centric research initiatives and the translation of genomics from the laboratory to the clinic.Dr. Howard is also an invited scholar at the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University and a member of the Public and Professional Policy Committee of the European Society of Human Genetics.