Karine Sénécal holds a Master's degree in Law (Biotechnologies and Society) from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor of Laws from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her master's thesis focused on the legitimacy of a restricted application of germline gene therapy, from a human rights perspective and research ethics. Her thesis was published by the editor Themis, in 2007. Karine is an Academic Associate at the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University. She specializes in comparative law and policies, as well as in the analysis of the ethical, legal, and social implications surrounding genomic research and modern medicine. Her main areas of research are paediatric research, genetic testing and screening of minors as well as on the governance and ethics interoperability of paediatric biobanks and databases (including access, use and sharing). Karine is a coordinator of the Paediatric Task Team of the Global Alliance for Genomics Health, a consultant for the Policy Partnerships Project for Genomic Governance (P3G2), and an associate member of the Quebec Network of Applied Genetics (RMGA). She sits on committees for the assessment of issues raised by biomedical technologies or on public health questions. She is author and co-author of more than 40 publications, including books or book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and policies.
Biobanks, Ethics, Genetic Testing/Screening in Children and Adolescents, Genomic Sequencing, Governance, Pediatric Research, Public Health