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Scientific Review Officer

The Continuous Special Emphasis Panel on Societal and Ethical Issues in Research Study Section reviews applications focusing on ethical issues in human subjects’ research, clinical decision making, clinical trials, and recruitment. In addition, SEIR reviews historical, policy, and philosophical inquiry about the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genetics.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates


  • Evaluating informed consent processes, including consent capacity of populations, and strategies to improve the process of informed consent in clinical care and research studies.
  • Evaluating questions about the ethics in the architecture of clinical trial study designs and its relationship to clinical care decisions and outcomes.
  • Evaluating ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) in decision making by either the health care provider or the patient and family in areas such as testing for genetic diseases, end of life, transplant and organ allocation, reproductive technology, intensive care units, and emergency medicine.
  • Psychosocial, ethical, and legal issues for consumers and professionals in use of new testing, diagnostic and treatment modalities (i.e., genomics, gene-editing, stem cell, and nanotechnology).

Shared Interests and Overlaps


* SEIR will convert into a continuous special emphasis panel (ZRG1 SEIR) as of the 2018/01 round