Top bioethicists, physicians, lawyers and activists to speak at UN conference

  • post Type / Conferences
  • Date / 6 April 2006

Brilliant minds gather to address “Is There a Global Bioethics? Moral, Legal, and International Norms in Bioscience” updated The conference program including abstracts and particpant biographies with photos and registration details are now available on this web site.

The IHEU-Appignani Center for Bioethics and the Genetics Policy Institute, assisted by The Alden March Bioethics Institute, are to host a conference to discuss the entity of bioethics and its place in the scientific world through paper presentations and panel discussions. This event will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 21st – 23rd, in New York City, USA.

Topics in the panel discussion include: stem cell research, genetic engineering and human rights, reproductive and sexual rights of women, the United Nations as a forum for bioethics, intellectual property in global bioscience, ethical issues in infectious disease control, and the challenge of evolutionary theory.

“This conference brings together some of the world’s most brilliant minds in medicine and the life sciences to share ideas, research, teachings, and arguments,” said Ana Lita, director of the IHEU-Appignani Center for Bioethics.

Our speakers at the cocktail reception include:

Arthur Caplan Arthur Caplan is currently the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, is also the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. He is the author or editor of twenty-five books and more than 500 papers in refereed journals of medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics and healthy policy. He also writes a regular column on bioethics for MSNBC.com and is a frequent guest and commentator on National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, the NY Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and other media outlets.
Paul Kurtz Paul Kurtz, professor emeritus of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, is the founder and chairman of the Center for Inquiry Transnational, Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, and the Council for Secular Humanism. He is also a former co-president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). He is the editor in chief of Free Inquiry magazine and contributed to the writing of Humanist Manifesto II.
Johan Schölvinck Johan Schölvinck, Ph.D. is currently Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DESA). He has held positions in the UN Secretariat for population and development policy, and Chief of the Policy Coordination Branch in the Division for ECOSOC Support and Coordination. He is responsible for cooperation on issues of aging, persons with disabilities, youth and the family and support for the UN Commission on Social Development, ECOSOC, as well as the General Assembly Second and Third Committees. Dr. Scholvinck holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Cornell University, USA and is a national of The Netherlands.

Other speakers include:

Louis M. Guenin Louis M. Guenin is a lecturer on Ethics in Science for the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in Harvard Medical School. He has served the federal government as a consultant on research ethics, and is co-chair of the Ethics Committee, International Society for Stem Cell Research.
Glenn McGee Glenn McGee, Editor of The American Journal of Bioethics, holds the John A. Balint Endowed Chair in Medical Ethics and is founding Director of Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI), a collaborative bioethics research program in Albany. He is the author or editor of eighteen books and more than 150 papers in medical, scientific and bioethics journals. He and Art Caplan author a syndicated column “Caplan and McGee” for Hearst News Syndicate, and he writes a monthly column for The Scientist, the most widely circulating science magazine in the world. He is a frequent guest on NBC Today, NPR, ABC World News Tonight, Frontline, New York Times and Washington Post.
Laura Purdy Laura Purdy is the professor of Philosophy and the Ruth and Albert Koch Professor of Humanities at Wells College in New York. She is also the associate dean for Academic Affairs and is the coordinator of minors in Science, Health and Values. She has published titles including “The Politics of Preventing Premature Death,” “Bioethics, Justice, & Health Care,” and “Reproducing Persons.” She teaches a variety of courses ranging including bioethics and its relation to reproduction, law, society, feminism, and politics.

The conference will start with a cocktail reception with presentations by Caplan and Kurtz on Friday, April 21, 2006, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Turkish Consulate General, Culture & Tourism Office, 821 United Nations Plaza, New York City. The main discussions will take place on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at 777 UN Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York City, NY 10017.

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