Bioethics Commission to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Considerations and Implications of Public Health Emergency Response with a Focus on the Current Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic; Final Recommendations for Neuroscience Report

Media Advisory

January 29, 2015

Who: Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

What: Public Meeting

When: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Friday, February 6, 2015, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: The Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Topics: Ethical Considerations and Implications of Public Health Emergency Response with a Focus on the Current Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic; Neuroscience and Related Ethical Issues

Speakers: Clement A. Adebamowo, B.M., Ch.B., Sc.D., F.W.A.C.S., F.A.C.S., University of Maryland School of Medicine; Luciana Borio, M.D., U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Nancy Kass, Sc.D., Berman Institute of Bioethics; Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine; Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H., CARE USA; William Foege, M.D., M.P.H., Emory University; Oretha Bestman-Yates, Staten Island Liberian Community Association; Chernor Bah, M.A., Global Education First Initiative; Seema Yasmin, M.D., University of Texas at Dallas; Kate Hurley, R.N., M.B.A., M.S.N., Providence St. Patrick Hospital; Patricia C. Henwood, M.D., University of Pennsylvania; Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan; Dorothy E. Roberts, J.D., University of Pennsylvania; Unni Karunakara, M.B., B.S., Dr.PH., Yale University.                      

Details: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) will meet February 5-6, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  
On Feb. 5 the Bioethics Commission will hear from 15 speakers on various topics associated with the western Africa Ebola epidemic response.  The Commission will deliberate on ethical issues associated with research in the context of a public health emergency, public health perspectives on the current epidemic, the impact of U.S. public attitudes and policies on affected communities, and historical and sociological perspectives on U.S. policies intended to prevent importation or transmission of Ebola in the United States.  

On Feb. 6 the Bioethics Commission will deliberate its recommendations association with the Ebola epidemic response.  In addition the Commission will deliberate its final recommendations for its report on neuroscience and related ethical issues.

This meeting is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis and will also be webcast live on In addition, the Bioethics Commission will post ongoing coverage to   
The Bioethics Commission seeks to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure that scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner. The Commission is an independent, deliberative panel of thoughtful experts that advises the President and the Administration, and, in so doing, educates the nation on bioethical issues.

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