NEW EVENT! Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy image

April 17, 2019 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Lectures and Panels
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West (2019)
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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A 2015 Congressional amendment precludes Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy (MRT), a life-saving IVF-based procedure that could prevent a plethora of mitochondrial DNA diseases in the U.S. Individuals do not, at present, have access to this technology to prevent the devastating consequences of mitochondrial DNA disease. At the same time, MRT continues to move forward in other countries, such as the UK.

Has the time come to revisit the federal prohibition of this preventive therapy and research?

Join us for a panel discussion about the future of MRT policy in the U.S., during which speakers will review the latest technological developments, the regulatory barriers, and the ethical challenges affecting the clinical application of MRT.  

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register now!



  • Eli Y. Adashi, Professor of Medical Science, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

  • I. Glenn Cohen, James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

Panel Discussion

  • Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Director, Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Harvard Kennedy School

  • Dietrich M. Egli, Assistant Professor of Developmental Cell Biology (in Pediatrics), Columbia Stem Cell Initiative

  • Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy, Senior Scientist in the Division of Reproductive & Developmental Sciences of ONPRC, and Professor in Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Pediatrics, and Molecular & Medical Genetics, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

  • Cesar Palacios-Gonzalez, Career Development Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford


This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Register now!

Learn More

Selected readings on MRT policy in the U.S. and abroad

Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.


bioethics   biotechnology   genetics   health law policy   international   public health   regulation   reproductive rights   reproductive technologies