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NextGen Discovery Series - February 10

The NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series provides learning opportunities for UM System faculty and staff across disciplines, the statewide community and our other partners to learn about the scope of precision health research and identify potential collaborative opportunities. The series consists of monthly lectures geared toward a broad multidisciplinary audience so all can participate and appreciate the spectrum of precision health efforts. 

Information about the upcoming talk, including continuing education, is available below.

For questions about this event or any others in the Discovery Series, please reach out to Mary Christie at

The Ethics of Precision Health

Speaker: Jill Delston, PhD


In this presentation, Dr. Delston shared an account of the ethics of precision medicine that can explain both its possibilities and limits. Creating a new conceptual and normative model of the ethics of precision health can ensure that good medicine is also excellent and that excellent medicine is also good by providing a resource to scientists and clinicians. 

Dr. Delston proposed a new conceptual analysis of precision health that explains that precision health should be defined primarily by targeted medical interventions and not by stratification. Additionally, failure to be adequately responsive to this conceptual analysis explains common ethical abuses in the field which will pave the way for future research. Thus, abuses in precision health research and care can be limited while opening new avenues to help historically oppressed communities.


About the Speaker Delston Headshot

Jill B. Delston is associate teaching professor of philosophy at UMSL. Her monograph, out now with Lexington Books, is entitled, Medical Sexism: Contraception Access, Reproductive Medicine, and Health Care. Delston is the co-editor of a textbook entitled Applied Ethics: A Multicultural Approach, Eds. 5, 6, and 7 (forthcoming). She has won UMSL's Legendary Triton Award, the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, the College of Arts and Sciences NTT Faculty Member of the Year, and just finished her University of Missouri System Presidential Engagement Fellowship. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining the department in 2012, she was visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke College.


Continuing Professional Education Credit


Up to 1.0 contact hour will be awarded to all participants who view the live sessions in their entirety and complete the evaluation form.

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1022-6


The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: All persons with influence over the content of this program have been asked to disclose relevant financial interests in the last 12 months that might have an impact. John Spertus, MD, is a consultant for Jannsen, Bayer, Myokardia, Merck and Novartis, and receives research support from Abbott Vascular. No other speaker or planning committee member has a relevant financial interest.