The IOE Community Dialog Series is a series of facilitated discussions between members of the IOE community that surround a speaker and topic. The intent is to hear and engage with diverse viewpoints, ideas, and experiences to understand differing perspectives or challenges some of our colleagues or students face while acknowledging the explicit and hidden structures that influence our community; especially as it pertains to the work we do.
Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBioethics is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and interim Co-Director at the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine and at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is also the Chair of the U-M Research Ethics Committee, the ethicist on the Human Data and Biospecimen Release Committee, and a clinical ethicist. She teaches the Responsible Conduct of Research as well as Research Ethics and the Law and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics.
The overarching goal of Prof. Spector’s work is improving the governance of secondary research with health data and specimens to increase the accessibility of data and generalizability of advances across diverse communities. She is the PI of a National Human Genome Research Institute K01 studying how and why geneticists select datasets for their research and a National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences R01 on hospitals sharing patient data with commercial entities. Her recent articles have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Science, JAMA, and Nature Medicine, and her research or expertise has appeared in the NY Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, and CNN.
Professor Spector was an Associate Director for President Obama’s Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and is a former Board Member of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities and practicing FDA law attorney. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and School of Medicine after attending Middlebury College.