MitoSoc symposium on "The sociology of mitochondrial disorders and novel reproductive technologies"

Publié le 2 mai 2017 par Institut du Genre

MitoSoc symposium on ‘The sociology of mitochondrial disorders and novel reproductive technologies’.

This event will take place on Friday 5th May at the BSA Room, Imperial Wharf (London). Information on finding the venue is available here.

In February 2015 the UK became the first country to legalise high-profile and controversial mitochondrial donation techniques, which aim to prevent the transmission of inherited disorders by creating offspring using genetic material from three individuals. During the years preceding this legalisation, the debates were largely dominated by ethical issues and safety concerns. Little reference was made to empirical data in relation to affected families and the contribution from social science was limited.

This left unspoken the social, cultural and economic context within which the mitochondrial debates played out, and the complexities of living with mitochondrial disorders, including making sense of diagnosis, family communication and reproductive choices.

This event will be the first to bring together scholars interested in developing sociological thinking around mitochondrial donation. It will also contribute to an interdisciplinary dialogue on the implications of these technologies for policy in the field.

See the programme attached :

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Please register online

Registration Fees (incl. lunch and refreshments) : £20

Several bursaries are available to post-graduate students on a first-come, first- served basis. For more information, please contact : cathy.herbrand[at]

This event is supported by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness and the BSA Human Reproduction Study Group.