April 26, 2006

Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369


Invitation to Cover:
Penn’s Center for Bioethics Presents 10th Anniversary Symposium
The Legacy of the Terri Schiavo Case: Why is it so hard to die in America?

WHAT: The University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics marks its 10th anniversary by sponsoring a special symposium - The Legacy of the Terri Schiavo Case: Why is it so hard to die in America? The two-day symposium is designed to encourage a national dialogue about the future of end-of-life issues - including lessons learned, challenges that remain, and ways these types of issues should be handled moving forward.

Hosted by Dr. Arthur Caplan, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Director of the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

Symposium speakers include:

  • Michael Schiavo, Terri Schiavo’s former husband
  • Circuit Judge George W. Greer, Schiavo case judge
  • Julia Duane Quinlan, mother of Karen Ann Quinlan
  • Mary J. Labyak, Program Director, The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, hospice where Terri Schiavo died
  • Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JD, Terri Schiavo’s court-appointed guardian
  • Robert Bazell, Chief Science and Health Correspondent, NBC News
WHERE: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Auditorium and Lobby, Biomedical Research Building II/III
421 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2006
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 1, 2006
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Editor’s Notes: Attending media must pre-register with Kate Olderman at (215) 662-2560, (215) 200-2312, or kate.olderman@uphs.upenn.edu.

Due to limited seating capacity, media representatives will be assigned to a designated Press Room that will include a telecast of the symposium. A mult box will be set up that will provide audio and composite video outputs.


PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

This release is available online at http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/apr06/biosym.htm