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Posted on February 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The AJOB Editorial Office is proud to announce its has added five new members to its editorial group.  Over the next few days, we will introduce the members of our new editorial group to you, including our new co-Editors in Chief, our two new Associate Editors and our new Book Review Editor.

One of our new Associate Editors is Richard Sharp, PhD of Cleveland Clinic. We selected Rich because of his scholarship in genetics, new technologies, enhancement and other cutting edge areas in bioethics. Rich is very active in the ELSI genetics community and is connected with both scientists and ethicists in that world. We very much look forward to working with Rich in the coming years at AJOB. Below we have shared his biosketch for those of you who read who may not know him as well as we do.

Richard Sharp, PhD

Dr. Richard Sharp is Director of Bioethics Research and Associate Director of Research and Education in the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care at Cleveland Clinic. He trained in medical ethics and philosophy at Michigan State University, receiving his PhD in 1999.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2007, he taught bioethics at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine and at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the NIH, he was a Staff Scientist on the Environmental Genome Project and Director of the Program in Environmental Health Policy and Ethics.

His current research focuses on how patients and healthcare providers view the potential benefits and risks of new genetic technologies, including genomic screening (R01 HG004500) and new clinical interventions enabled by molecular diagnosis (R01 HG004877). He is interested in the translation of genomic findings into health policy and is the lead editor of Genomics and Environmental Regulation: Science, Ethics, and Law published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2008). At Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Sharp teaches clinical and research ethics to medical students, residents, and fellows and is an active member of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service. He holds Professional Staff appointments in the Department of Bioethics, the Lerner College of Medicine, and the Genomic Medicine Institute. Dr. Sharp also co-directs the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law at Case Western Reserve University, one of six NIH Centers for Excellence in ELSI Research.

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