Bioethics Conference at the University of Pennsylvania
to Feature National Experts
(Philadelphia, PA) – The Penn Bioethics Society of the University
of Pennsylvania will host the 8th Annual National Undergraduate
Bioethics Conference on April 1 and 2, 2005. Leading national bioethicists
addressing the conference include Arthur L. Caplan, PhD,
Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics at Penn’s School of Medicine
and Director of the Center for Bioethics; Mike Gazzaniga, PhD, Dean of
Dartmouth College and member of the President’s Council on Bioethics;
and Harold Shapiro, PhD, President Emeritus, Princeton University and
former Chair, National Bioethics Advisory Commission.
The conference, entitled “The Brain and Beyond...,”
will feature keynote and panel presentations addressing pressing questions
about new technologies and methodologies as well as philosophical and
moral problems raised by these advances. Participants include leaders
in the fields of clinical medicine, law, journalism, business, ethics,
and philosophy. The opening keynote address, Ethics and the Brain, will
be delivered by Dr. Gazzaniga.
Highlights of the conference include:
- Dr. Caplan will address the conference at Philadelphia’s historic
College of Physicians and Mutter Museum on the topic “The Rights
and Wrongs of Eugenics: What Can We Learn from the Past?”
- A former FDA regulator will answer the question “Is the system
safe?” in the breakout session “Data Monitoring and Data
Disclosure in Clinical Trial: Who Knows What, and When?”
- Andrew Newberg, MD, from Penn’s School of Medicine,
will talk about brain imaging and religion in “Why Morality Won’t
- Leading experts in healthcare litigation and the protection of human
research subjects will outline emerging trends in tort law.
- Nationally recognized leaders in industry, politics, and academia
will discuss new lie-detection technologies, including military-funded
designs for the intelligence community.
- Penn Cognitive Psychologist Martha Farah, PhD will
address the pressing issue of Stimulant Use on College Campuses.
- Prominent philosophers will outline new theories on the philosophy
of the mind and the impact of psycho-pharmaceutical use on humans, including
court-ordered and school-mandated usage.
- Penn President Amy Gutmann, PhD will address the
audience at lunch, followed by a talk from Carl Zimmer, author of “Soul
Made Flesh” titled “Neuroethics, 1665”
The Penn Bioethics Society is a group of undergraduate students at the
University of Pennsylvania aiming to promote the awareness of ethical,
social, medical, and legal issues brought about by increased knowledge
in science and technology. The conference schedule and a full list of
speakers is available at the conference website, http://2005.bioethics.net.
The media are welcome to attend this event. Please contact Nicole
A. Gaddis at (215) 349-5657 to register.
PENN Medicine is a $2.7 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 #3 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 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
Penn Health System is comprised of: its flagship hospital, the Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation’s
“Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Presbyterian Medical Center; a
faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.