253426 'What about this pregnancy?' - Ethical Considerations in Pregnancy-Related Biobanking

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:59 PM

Maureen Kelley, PhD , Department of Pediatrics - Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Complications during pregnancy remain a significant cause of morbidity and death for women worldwide. To fully address this pressing disease burden for women and neonates, we need to better understand the complex genetic, environmental, and social determinants affecting pregnancy. Biobanks collecting biospecimens such as blood, urine, hair, cord blood, and placental tissues characterize the types of samples needed to study these causes in populations. However, there are several important ethical considerations to conduct such collections responsibly. This presentation will offer an overview of the special ethical issues that may arise in collecting samples surrounding pregnancy: including responsibilities to communities, immediate benefit to donors, responsible management of incidental findings, and sensitivity to social-cultural considerations surrounding pregnancy.

Learning Objectives:
Participants in the session will understand the main ethical considerations encountered in pregnancy-related biobanking.

Keywords: Bioethics, Pregnancy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My area of expertise is maternal and child health bioethics and I served in a consulting role for the pregnancy-related repository being disscussed on this panel.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.