Agenda for Meeting Four: Feb. 28-March 1, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

St. Regis Hotel
923 16th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 638-2626

Monday, February 28

9 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
Commission Chair

James Wagner, Ph.D.
Commission Vice Chair

9:15 9:45 a.m.  Session 1: Bioethics Research at NIH

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Institutes of Health

9:45 10:30 a.m.  Session 2: State of the Science

Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Bruce R. Rosen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Director, Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Department of Radiology
Massachusetts General Hospital


James P. Evans, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Professor and Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine
Department of Genetics
University of North Carolina, School of Medicine

10:30 10:45 a.m.  Break

10:45 11:45 a.m.  Session 3: Ethics of Emerging Diagnostic and Predictive Tools

Martha Farah, Ph.D.
Walter H. Annenberg Professor in Natural Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Director, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Director, Center for Neuroscience and Society
Senior Fellow, Center for Bioethics

University of Pennsylvania

Hank Greely, J.D.
Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law
Stanford Law School
Professor (by courtesy) of Genetics
Stanford Medical School
Director, Center for Law and the Biosciences
Director, Stanford Interdisciplinary Group on Neuroscience and Society and its Program in Neuroethics
Stanford Law School
Chair, Steering Committee of the Center for Biomedical Ethics

11:45 a.m. 1:15 p.m.  Lunch Break

1:15 2:15 p.m.  Session 4: Current Issues in Genetics

Ellen Wright Clayton, J.D., M.D.
Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Law
Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society

Vanderbilt University

Susan Wolf, J.D.
McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy
Faegre & Benson Professor of Law
Professor of Medicine
Faculty Member, Center for Bioethics

University of Minnesota

Erik Parens, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scholar
The Hastings Center

2:15 2:30 p.m.  Break

2:30 3:30 p.m.  Session 5: Current Issues in Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Judy Illes, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics
Director, National Core for Neuroethics
Faculty, Brain Research Centre

University of British Columbia

Stephen Morse, J.D., Ph.D.
Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law
Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry

University of Pennsylvania Law School & School of Medicine

Adina Roskies, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Dartmouth College

3:30 4:30 p.m.  Session 6: Roundtable

All Guest Speakers

4:30 4:45 p.m.  Closing Remarks

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
James Wagner, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 1

9 9:30 a.m.  Opening Remarks and Executive Director’s Report

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
James Wagner, Ph.D.

Valerie H. Bonham, J.D.
Executive Director

9:30 10:30 a.m.  Session 7: Medical Research – The Global Landscape

Lawrence Corey, M.D.
President and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Principal Investigator, HIV Vaccine Trials Network
Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Medicine
University of Washington

Robert M. Califf, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research
Duke University
Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
Director, Duke Translational Medicine Institute

10:30 10:40 a.m.  Break

10:40 11:40 a.m.  Session 8: Social Justice and Ethics Issues

Susan E. Lederer, Ph.D.
Robert Turell Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics
Chair, Medical History and Bioethics

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dan W. Brock, Ph.D.
Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics
Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Director, Division of Medical Ethics

Harvard Medical School

Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D.
Director, Indiana University Center for Bioethics
Dean (Bioethics) and Professor of Medicine, Medical and Molecular Genetics, Public Health, and Philosophy
IU School of Medicine
Director, Indiana University-Moi University Academic Research Ethics Partnership

11:40 11:50 a.m.  Break

11:50 a.m. 12:35 p.m.  Session 9: Roundtable

All Guest Speakers

12:35 1:20 p.m.  Session 10: Public Comment

1:20 1:30 p.m.  Concluding Remarks

Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
James Wagner, Ph.D.


Day 1: Ethics of Genetics and Neuroimaging Testing

Day 2: Human Subjects Protection


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