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 Laura M. Beskow, PhD, MPH

National Children's Study Federal Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Beskow received her BS in nutrition from Iowa State University and her MPH with a concentration in health law from Boston University. From 1996–1999, she worked at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, where she was Associate Director of the Stanford Program in Genomics, Ethics, and Society. In 1999, she received a Career Development Award through the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Genetics and Disease Prevention. In 2005, she completed her PhD in Health Policy and Administration, with a minor in Epidemiology, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Beskow is currently an Associate Professor at Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University School of Medicine, where she focuses on ethics and policy issues in research, particularly human subjects issues in large-scale genomic and translational research. Examples of her work include empirical studies of ethical issues in genotype-driven research recruitment, research participants' understanding and opinions about informed consent for biobanking, simplifying consent forms and other interventions to improve consent comprehension, the use and understanding of Certificates of Confidentiality, and the return of whole genome sequencing results to patients and families. She chaired the Informed Consent Task Force for the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network and co-chaired the Correlative Science Working Group for the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) initiative to develop a concise informed consent template for cancer treatment trials. She is a member of the Subpart A Subcommittee of the Secretary's Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.