Ellen Wright Clayton

Ellen Wright Clayton is an American Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of genetics[1] and chairwoman of the Institute of Medicine Board at the Population Health and Public Health Practice who became a 2013 recipient of the David Rall Medal.[2]

Early lifeEdit

Wright Clayton was born in Houston, Texas where she attended school. She graduated from Duke with a degree in zoology and then obtained master's degree in biochemistry from Stanford University.[3] Some years later she got her degree in law from Yale, and medical degree from Harvard respectively.[4]


From 1988 she served as Vanderbilt University faculty member and since that time has published two books and over 150 peer-reviewed articles relating to law, medicine and public health. She serves on the advisory board panel of both the National Institutes of Health and Human Genome Organisation.[4] In 2006, she was elected to IOM and three years later became its council member. In 2012, she began her three-year term as its BPH chairwoman.[2] Since November 6, 2013, she has served as Nashville Business Journal editor.[5] Currently she teaches in both medical and law schools and is a director of Vanderbilt's Center for Genetics and Health Policy.[3]

Awards and honoursEdit

Clayton is a fellow of both AAAS and American Pediatric Society.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

On Sundays she sang in a choir.[3]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Gerald B Hickson; William A Altemeier; Ellen W Clayton (August 1, 1990). "Should promethazine in liquid form be available without prescription?". Pediatrics. American Academy of Pediatrics. 86 (2): 221–225.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton (1992). "Screening and treatment of newborns". Hous. L. Rev. HeinOnline. 29 (85).
  • Gerald B Hickson; Ellen Wright Clayton; Penny B Githens; Frank A. Sloan (March 11, 1992). "Factors that prompted families to file medical malpractice claims following perinatal injuries". JAMA. 267 (10): 1359–1363. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480100065032.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton (October 1, 1992). "Issues in state newborn screening programs". Pediatrics. American Academy of Pediatrics. 90 (4): 641–646.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton; Gerald B Hickson; Cynthia S Miller (March 1, 1994). "Parents' responses to vaccine information pamphlets". Pediatrics. American Academy of Pediatrics. 93 (3): 369–372.
  • A Kohrman; E Wright Clayton; JE Frader; MA Grodin; KL Moseley; IH Porter; VM Wagner (1995). "Informed consent, parental permission, and assent in pediatric practice". Pediatrics. 95 (2): 314–317. ISSN 0031-4005.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton, Vickie L Hannig; Jean P Pfotenhauer; Robert A Parker (March 1996). "Lack of interest by nonpregnant couples in population-based cystic fibrosis carrier screening". American Journal of Human Genetics. 58 (3): 617–27. PMC 1914565. PMID 8644721.
  • Gerald B Hickson; James W Pichert; Charles F Federspiel; Ellen Wright Clayton (January 1, 1997). "Development of an early identification and response model of malpractice prevention". Law and Contemporary Problems. Duke University School of Law: 7–29.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton (June 1, 1997). "Genetic testing in children". Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 22 (3): 233–251. doi:10.1093/jmp/22.3.233.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton (June 1, 2002). "The complex relationship of genetics, groups, and health: what it means for public health". Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 30 (2): 290–297. doi:10.1111/j.1748-720X.2002.tb00395.x.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton (March 1, 2005). "Informed consent and biobanks". The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 33 (1): 15–21. doi:10.1111/j.1748-720x.2005.tb00206.x.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton; Lainie Friedman Ross (January 4, 2006). "Implications of disclosing individual results of clinical research". JAMA. 295 (1): 33–38. doi:10.1001/jama.295.1.37-a. PMID 16391213.
  • Jeffrey R Botkin; Ellen Wright Clayton; Norman C Fost; Wylie Burke; Thomas H Murray; Mary Ann Baily; Benjamin Wilfond; Alfred Berg; Lainie Friedman Ross (May 1, 2006). "Newborn screening technology: proceed with caution". Pediatrics. 117 (5): 1793–1799. doi:10.1542/peds.2005-2547. PMID 16651338.
  • Dan M Roden; Jill M Pulley; Melissa A Basford; Gordon R Bernard; Ellen W Clayton; Jeffrey R Balser; Dan R Masys (May 21, 2008). "Development of a large-scale de-identified DNA biobank to enable personalized medicine". Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. 84 (3): 362–369. doi:10.1038/clpt.2008.89. PMC 3763939. PMID 18500243.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton (June 1, 2008). "Incidental findings in genetics research using archived DNA". Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 36 (2): 286–291. doi:10.1111/j.1748-720X.2008.00271.x. PMC 2576744. PMID 18547196.
  • Susan M Wolf; Frances P Lawrenz; Charles A Nelson; Jeffrey P Kahn; Mildred K Cho; Ellen Wright Clayton; Joel G Fletcher; Michael K Georgieff; Dale Hammerschmidt; Kathy Hudson; Judy Illes; Vivek Kapur; Moira A Keane; Barbara A Koenig; Bonnie S LeRoy; Elizabeth G McFarland; Jordan Paradise; Lisa S Parker; Sharon F Terry; Brian Van Ness; Benjamin S Wilfond (Summer 2008). "Managing incidental findings in human subjects research: analysis and recommendations". The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 36 (2): 219–248. doi:10.1111/j.1748-720X.2008.00266.x. PMC 2575242. PMID 18547191.
  • Lainie Friedman Ross; Ellen Wright Clayton (June 18, 2009). "Clinical and ethical considerations in managing carrier detection". American Journal of Public Health. 99 (8): 1348–1349. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.161554. PMC 2707475. PMID 19542030.
  • Jill Pulley; Ellen Clayton; Gordon R Bernard; Dan M Roden; Daniel R Masys (February 1, 2010). "Principles of Human Subjects Protections Applied in an Opt‐Out, De‐identified Biobank". Clinical and Translational Science. 3 (1): 42–48. doi:10.1111/j.1752-8062.2010.00175.x. PMC 3075971. PMID 20443953.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton; Amy L. McGuire (February 9, 2012). "The legal risks of returning results of genomics research". Genetics in Medicine. 14 (4): 473–477. doi:10.1038/gim.2012.10. PMC 3779603. PMID 22323070.
  • Lainie Friedman Ross; Mark A Rothstein; Ellen Wright Clayton (July 24–31, 2013). "Mandatory extended searches in all genome sequencing: "incidental findings," patient autonomy, and shared decision making". JAMA. 310 (4): 367–368. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.41700. PMID 23917281.
  • Ellen Wright Clayton; Karen K Steinberg; Muin J Khoury; Elizabeth Thomson; Lori Andrews; Mary Jo Ellis Kahn; Loretta M Kopelman; Joan O Weiss (December 13, 2013). "Informed consent for genetic research on stored tissue samples". JAMA. 274 (22): 1786–1792. CiteSeerX doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03530220052033.


  1. ^ Fiona Soltes (Spring 2009). "The Convergence of Arts and Science". Arts and Science Magazine. Archived from the original on September 8, 2009. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b "David Rall Award". Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Paul Govern. "Science, society and the law — Ellen Wright Clayton has some issues". Vanderbilt University.
  4. ^ a b c Bill Snyder (October 23, 2013). "Institute of Medicine honors Vanderbilt's Clayton". Vanderbilt University. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Ellen Wright Clayton". Nashville Business Journal. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2014.

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