Law, Health Experts Address Bioethics, Politics

Law, Health Experts Address Bioethics, Politics

7/12/2006 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

Date: 07/12/2006

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.

Speakers included:


The Inaugural John A. Balint Lectureship
Edmund Pellegrino, M.D.
John Carroll Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics
Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
Georgetown University Medical Center


Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Ph.D.
President, Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future
Associate Dean and Research Professor of Bioethics
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Chicago, IL


Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.
Emanuel & Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics
Director, Center for Bioethics
Department of Medical Ethics
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


Eric Cohen
Biotechnology & American Democracy Program


James W. Fossett, Ph.D.
Rockefeller Institute of Government and
Alden March Bioethics Institute
Albany, NY


Jeff Kahn, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics, and Director
Center for Bioethics
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN


David Magnus, Ph.D.
Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA


Glenn McGee, Ph.D.
John A. Balint Chair in Medical Ethics
Professor of Medicine
Director of the Institute
Albany Medical College/Center
Albany, NY


Chris Mooney
Washington Correspondent
Seed Magazine
Washington, DC


Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.
Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Professor and Director,
Center for Biomedical Ethics
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


Alicia Ouellette, J.D.
Assistant Lawyering Professor
& Director, AMBI Health Law & Bioethics Program
Albany Law School
Albany, NY


Sean Philpott, Ph.D., M.S. Bioethics
Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center of NYSDOH
Director, Benchside Consulation Service
Alden March Bioethics Institute
& Exec Managing Editor, AJOB


John A. Robertson
Vinson and Elkins Chair at Law
Law Department
University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX


Wesley Smith
Senior Fellow
Discovery Institute


Bonnie Steinbock
Director of the Bioethics Minor
Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University at Albany SUNY


Gerald I. Wolpe
Rabbi and Senior Fellow
Center for Bioethics
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics
Departments of Psychiatry, Medical Ethics, and Sociology
President-Elect, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA


Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society
Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics and of Religion
Feinberg School of Medicine
Professor of Jewish Studies
Weinberg College of Arts and Science
Northwestern University
Chicago, IL
Professor, by Courtesy
Haifa University Israel