Bioethics experts from around the country—along with attorneys, scientists, advocates and politicians—convened July 13 and 14 at "Bioethics & Politics: The Future of Bioethics in a Divided Democracy" at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, State and Lodge Streets, Albany. The conference addressed the past, present and future of bioethics in the United States.
Subjects of contention, such as the Terri Schiavo case and embryonic stem cell research and testing, are the epitome of how culture, politics and the law, and bioethics have changed in recent years. "Bioethics and Politics" addressed matters such as these, with the goal of reaching some areas of general agreement, clarifying disagreements and thinking broadly about the future of bioethics in a democratic society.
"Bioethics & Politics" was presented by The Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Law School, Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics, University of Virginia Center for Bioethics, Nelson Rockefeller Institute of Government, The American Society of Bioethics & Humanities and
The American Journal of Bioethics.
The Inaugural John A. Balint Lectureship
Edmund Pellegrino, M.D.
John Carroll Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical EthicsCenter for Clinical Medical EthicsGeorgetown University Medical Center
Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Ph.D.
President, Institute on Biotechnology and the Human FutureAssociate Dean and Research Professor of BioethicsChicago-Kent College of LawChicago, IL
Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Emanuel & Robert Hart Professor of BioethicsDirector, Center for BioethicsDepartment of Medical EthicsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
DirectorBiotechnology & American Democracy Program
James W. Fossett, Ph.D.
Rockefeller Institute of Government andAlden March Bioethics InstituteAlbany, NY
Jeff Kahn, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics, and DirectorCenter for BioethicsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis, MN
David Magnus, Ph.D.
Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics Associate ProfessorDepartment of PediatricsStanford UniversityPalo Alto, CA
Glenn McGee, Ph.D.
John A. Balint Chair in Medical EthicsProfessor of MedicineDirector of the InstituteAlbany Medical College/CenterAlbany, NY
Washington CorrespondentSeed MagazineWashington, DC
Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.
Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Professor and Director,Center for Biomedical EthicsUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville, VA
Alicia Ouellette, J.D.
Assistant Lawyering Professor& Director, AMBI Health Law & Bioethics ProgramAlbany Law SchoolAlbany, NY
Sean Philpott, Ph.D., M.S. Bioethics
Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center of NYSDOHDirector, Benchside Consulation ServiceAlden March Bioethics Institute& Exec Managing Editor, AJOB
John A. Robertson
Vinson and Elkins Chair at LawLaw DepartmentUniversity of Texas School of LawAustin, TX
Senior FellowDiscovery Institute
Director of the Bioethics MinorProfessor of PhilosophyProfessor of Obstetrics & GynecologyUniversity at Albany SUNY
Gerald I. Wolpe
Rabbi and Senior FellowCenter for BioethicsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Center for BioethicsDepartments of Psychiatry, Medical Ethics, and SociologyPresident-Elect, American Society for Bioethics and HumanitiesUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Bioethics, Science, and SocietyProfessor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and of ReligionFeinberg School of MedicineProfessor of Jewish StudiesWeinberg College of Arts and ScienceNorthwestern UniversityChicago, ILProfessor, by CourtesyHaifa University Israel2005-2006