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Robert M. Cook-Deegan, Research Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Biology and Professor - Track V of Medicine and Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute of Duke Global Health Institute  

Office Location: 14695 West Ridge Road, Accokeek, MD 20607-9591
Duke Box: 90239
Email Address: bob.cd@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Policy, Global Health
  • Science, Genomics and Genetics

M.D., University Colorado Denver, 1979
B.A., Harvard University, 1975
B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1975

Research Categories: Health policy, science policy, bioethics

Research Description: Ethics and policy of genomics; history of genomics; global health; science and health policy; intellectual property in life sciences; health research policy

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Green, RC; Christensen, KD; Cupples, LA; Relkin, NR; Whitehouse, PJ; Royal, CD; Obisesan, TO; Cook-Deegan, R; Linnenbringer, E; Butson, MB; Fasaye, GA; Levinson, E; Roberts, JS. "A randomized noninferiority trial of condensed protocols for genetic risk disclosure of Alzheimer's disease.." Alzheimer's & Dementia 11.10 (October, 2015): 1222-1230. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Grady, C; Eckstein, L; Berkman, B; Brock, D; Cook-Deegan, R; Fullerton, SM; Greely, H; Hansson, MG; Hull, S; Kim, S; Lo, B; Pentz, R; Rodriguez, L; Weil, C; Wilfond, BS; Wendler, D. "Broad Consent for Research With Biological Samples: Workshop Conclusions." American Journal of Bioethics 15.9 (September, 2015): 34-42. [doi]
  3. Cheon, JY; Mozersky, J; Cook-Deegan, R. "Variants of uncertain significance in BRCA: a harbinger of ethical and policy issues to come?." Genome Medicine: medicine in the post-genomic era 6.12 (December, 2014). [doi]
  4. Angrist, M; Cook-Deegan, R. "Distributing the future: The weak justifications for keeping human genomic databases secret and the challenges and opportunities in reverse engineering them.." Applied and Translational Genomics 3.4 (December, 2014): 124-127. [doi]
  5. van Zimmeren, E; Nicol, D; Gold, R; Carbone, J; Chandrasekharan, S; Baldwin, AL; Cook-Deegan, R. "The BRCA patent controversies: An international review of patent disputes." (September, 2014): 151-174. [doi]

Curriculum Vitae


Robert Cook-Deegan is a research professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, with secondary appointments in Internal Medicine (School of Medicine), and Biology (Trinity College of Arts & Sciences). He was the founding director for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy in Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy from July 2002 through December 2012.  He is the author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome and an author on over 250 articles.

Dr. Cook-Deegan’s areas of expertise include genomics and intellectual property, history of genomics, global health, science and health policy, and health research policy. His current research focuses on policy implications of genomics, bioethics, intellectual property, and innovation. (On leave, fall 2015)

General Research Interests: Policy implications of genomics research and its applications. Bioethics. Health policy and biomedical research policy. Global health disparities. Intellectual property and the innovation process.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • William English  
  • Lisa Warner  

Robert M. Cook-Deegan