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CERA is led by a multi-disciplinary team with advanced expertise in genomics, bioethics, legal analysis, social science research, and related fields. The CERA leadership identifies priority areas in ELSI, ensures the integrity of our collection of ELSI resources and analysis, and guides the community building and engagement activities of the Center.


The Center for ELSI Resources and Analysis (CERA) is the product of a collaboration between the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE), the Division of Ethics at Columbia University, The Hastings Center, The Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd), and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Bioethics Research Library.

  • Columbia University Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, Division of Ethics

    The Division of Ethics at Columbia University is a multidisciplinary unit that focuses on conceptual, empirical, and policy-related bioethics research that addresses emerging challenges in biomedical research and health care. The Division supports training in bioethics research and provides mentoring and educational programming for students and faculty interested in ethics from research and clinical perspectives.

  • Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

    The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE) is an interdisciplinary hub for faculty who do research, teaching, and service on topics in bioethics and medical humanities. SCBE was among the first to be designated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) in Genetics and Genomics and is home to the Stanford Training Program in ELSI Research.

  • The Hastings Center

    The Hastings Center is a research and public engagement institute addressing ethical and policy issues in health, science, and technology. Founded in 1969, it is the oldest independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit bioethics research institute in the world and a leader in research, education, and public outreach.

  • The Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd)

    The Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) brings to bear years of expertise in outreach and dissemination of ELSI knowledge to teachers, students, community organizations and key policy makers at the Federal level. The mission of pgEd is to increase awareness and conversation about the benefits and ethical, legal, and social implications of personal genetics, with a commitment to inclusiveness and diverse viewpoints at the center of its work. 

  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Bioethics Research Library

    Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE) conducts research, teaching, and scholarship across a range of bioethical issues. The KIE created and maintains the world’s first and most comprehensive bioethics library. From 1988-2009, this Bioethics Research Library developed a database regarding ethical issues in genetics, with partial support from the NHGRI.