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Jodi Halpern

Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Jodi Halpern, M.D., Ph.D is Professor of Bioethics at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of the Berkeley Group on the Ethics and Regulation of Innovative Technologies. Her research brings together psychiatry, philosophy, behavioral economics and decision neuroscience to examine how innovative technologies such as gene editing and artificial intelligence transform relationships and society in unexpected ways. For example, she shows how gaps in the most recent national and international guidelines on genome editing leave open the possibility of a new kind of intergenerational injustice in which wealth determines the genetic health profiles of some families over others. Halpern’s first book, From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice was called a “seminal work” by leading medical journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine. Halpern has written over fifty influential scholarly articles in bioethics. Halpern is invited to present her work internationally, including at the 2018, 2019 and 2020 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.