Genetics and Genetic Research

Attitudes of Older African-American and White Adults toward Genetic Research on Depression
As part of the Research Network Development Core of the ACISR-LLMD, Lisa Parker and Valerie Satkoske designed an exploratory qualitative project to understand the attitudes of African-American and White elders toward participation in genetic research, including pharmacogenetic/genomic research, on depression.

A Conceptual and Social History of Behavioral Genetics
Ken Schaffner received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  This grant involves researching and writing a general history of behavioral genetics with a focus on the period from 1960 to 2000.  Brief backward looks at pre-1960 work and a set of forward-looking comments touching on post 2000 developments will be included.  The intent is to cover both conceptual or intellectual developments as well as the social dimensions of the discipline, and the major societal factors affecting the field and the field’s social implications.  The work focuses on human studies, including as a standard, psychiatric genetics, and deals with classical twin, adoption, and family study methodology and results, as well as the molecular methods and results that the discipline has developed since the early 1990s.

Ethical Issues in Genetic Research
Lisa Parker is pursuing a research program resulting in multiple manuscripts on the ethical conduct of family studies, recruitment to genetic research, management of incidental findings of genetic research, and return of individual research results.