LECOM Joins Edinboro University to Host Founders of Bioethics International Conference
Registration open for June 3-5 Conference in Edinboro, PA

It is with eager anticipation that Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine announces the “Founders of Bioethics International Congress” event to be held from June 1st through June 5th of this year at Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Funded by a grant from Russell B. Roth, this cutting edge conference will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet the founders of this innovative field in medicine and to engage in discussions about the pioneering work and the way in which it is affecting current issues in healthcare.

The distinguished Keynote Speakers appearing this year will be Edmund Pelligrino, MD and Daniel Callahan, PhD. Dr. Pelligrino is the Recent Chair of the President’s Council of Bioethics and the John Carroll Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics. He is the Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. As the former Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Dr. Pelligrino now serves on the Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics and the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. Dr. Callahan is the Senior Research Scholar and President Emeritus at The Hastings Center, and Co-director of the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy.

In addition to these recognized doctors, there are a host of well-known topical speakers who will address various areas of concern and focus in the field. The five-day event will be appointed with the fineries of conference activities including a wine reception, a book signing, small group discussions, and break-out sessions. LECOM proudly serves as a conference sponsor along with St. Vincent Health System, The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Institute for Good Medicine, Highmark, The Hess, Roth Kaminsky Fund of The Erie Community Foundation, Borvine Beverage, and Edinboro University. Continuing education credits are available for physicians (DO and MD) as well as nurses, social workers, and attorneys.

This conference will provide an exceptional opportunity for anyone interested in the impact of bioethics upon society and in the ramifications that it has upon current events to take part in understanding the wide-ranging implications of the issues. Among the eminent speakers and topics this year, co-sponsor, LECOM is proud to announce:

  • Lisa Cahill – “Theology, Feminism, and Social Justice in Bioethics”;
  • LeRoy Walters – “DNA, Genetics and Genomics: from the Laboratory to the Clinic (1970-2010)”;
  • James Childress – “Presuming Consent for Organ Donation: its Ethical Possibilities and Problems”;
  • Diego Gracia – “The Many Faces of Patient Autonomy”;
  • Doris Goldstein – “The Bioethics Library: Its Role in Development of the Discipline”;
  • Warren Reich - “Rediscovering Ancient Consolation: Negative Care, Empathy, and the Fundamental Role of Kindness in Medicine”;
  • Alfonso Llano, SJ – “Protecting and Promoting the Essential and Original Components of Bioethics”;
  • Albert Jonsen – “Neonatology: Where Clinical Ethics is born”; Robert Veatch – “Religious and Secular Ethics: The Points of Conflict”; H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr. – “Bioethics Critically Reconsidered”;
  • Tom Beauchamp – “Patient Autonomy and Physician Hastened Death”.

Each of the listed presenters will provide remarkable insight into forward-looking areas of current topics. LECOM is pleased to participate in this original event and the college supplies the following contact information for those interested in registration: www.bioethics.edinboro.edu James F. Drane c/o Edinboro University 814-732-2604.

May 6, 2010
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