Dr. Helen Wallace

Dr. Helen Wallace is Director of GeneWatch UK, www.genewatch.org, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to ensure that genetic technologies are used in the public interest. She has 20 years’ experience of campaigning on science and policy issues, having previously worked as a scientist and mathematician. She has published widely on the role of genetic technologies in healthcare and the implications of DNA testing for health and privacy. She is actively engaged in debates about the regulation of health claims for genetic tests and the need for fully informed consent to genetic research projects. She led GeneWatch UK’s successful campaign for innocent people’s records to be removed from the UK police’s National DNA Database and now runs a global project seeking safeguards for privacy and human rights for forensic DNA databases around the world.