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University of Colorado Denver Center for Bioethics and Humanities

Marilyn E. Coors, Ph.D

Marilyn Coors

Dr. Coors holds the Ph.D. degree in ethics from the University of Denver, Colorado. She is an Associate Professor of bioethics and genetics in the Department of Psychiatry.

Contact Information:
Office phone: 303-724-3993
Fax: 303-724-3997

1969 B.A. Science Education, Cornell University
1971 M.S. Cytogenetics, Denver University
1991 M.A. Religion and Ethics, Denver University
1998 Ph.D. Ethics, Denver University

Selected Publications:
Coors, Marilyn E. and Hunter, L. Evaluation of genetic enhancement: Will human wisdom properly acknowledge the value of evolution? The American Journal of Bioethics, v. 5, no. 3 (May-June 2005): 21-22.

Coors, Marilyn E. and Townsend, S. Supporting pregnant women through difficult decisions: A case of prenatal diagnosis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta. The Journal of Clinical Ethics, v. 17, no. 3 (Fall 2006): 266-274. 

Coors, Marilyn E., Levinson, A., Huitt, G. Anxiety related to genetic testing for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and cystic fibrosis in COPD and/or bronchiectasis patients. Community Genetics, v.11, no. 3 (2008): 135-140.
Coors, Marilyn E. and Kristen M. Raymond. Substance use disorder genetic research: investigators and participants grapple with the ethical issues. Psychiatric Genetics, v. 19, no. 2 (2009): 83-90.
Coors, Marilyn E., Glover, Jacqueline J., Juengst, Eric T., Sikela, James M. The ethics of using transgenic non-human primates to study what makes us human. Nature Reviews Genetics, v. 11 (2010): 658-661.
Coors Marilyn E, Moseley Ray, McGooray, Susan. Informed consent process in Alpha-1 testing of at-risk children: views of parents and adults tested as children. Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, v. 8 (2011):1-9.

Selected Professional Service:
National Catholic BioEthics Center Board of Trustees, Member, 2000-Present
Colorado Multiple Institution Review Board, Panel Member, 1999-Present
Annual Conference: Genetics and Ethics in the 21st Century. The Given Institute of the University of Colorado, Aspen, Colorado, Chairperson, 2002-Present.
National Advisory Council Human Genome Research Institute, Member, 2004-Present
Body Worlds Advisory Committee, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Member, 2005-2006.

Current Research Emphasis:
Informed consent in genetic testing
Ethical implications of genetic research and genetic medicine

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