Mildred is a Stanford University professor of pediatrics and associate director of its Center for Biomedical Ethics. She is a 1984 graduate of MIT and earned a doctorate in 1992 from the Stanford University Department of Pharmacology. Her post-doctoral training was in health policy as a Pew Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UC, San Francisco and at the Palo Alto VA Center for Health Care Evaluation. Her major areas of interest are the ethical and social impacts of genetic testing and gene therapy, and how conflicts of interest affect the conduct of academic biomedical research. Her current research projects include a study of factors affecting patients’ and practitioners’ use of genetic tests for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer; a study of the roles of heredity and race or ethnicity in the stigmatization of genetic conditions; ethical issues in pharmacogenetics; and a study of the effect of gene patenting on the delivery of clinical genetics services.
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