Charting A Path Forward: The Future of Bioethics Advisory Bodies Bioethics Commission Public Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 3, 2016


The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its twenty-fifth public meeting on May 3, 2016. At this meeting, the Bioethics Commission will reflect on the past, present, and future impact of national bioethics advisory bodies. Speakers will discuss former U.S. national bioethics advisory bodies and their contributions to health policy, and share perspectives about similar bodies abroad, including those in India and Mexico.

When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Where: Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, 1000 H St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001


  • Tom Beauchamp, PhD, Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics; Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University
  • James Childress, PhD, MA, University Professor & John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
  • Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Michael Gazzaniga, PhD, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Patricia King, JD, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Medicine, Ethics and Public Policy, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Nandini Kumar, MBBS, DCP, MHSC, Dr. TMA Pai Endowment Chair, Manipal University
  • Manuel Ruiz De Chavez, Professor of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Jason Schwartz, Ph.D,, M.Bioethics, Assistant Professor of Public Health and History of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health

This meeting is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. The meeting will be live-streamed and live-blogged on the Bioethics Commission website at


The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues 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 Bioethics 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. Read more on our website, follow us on Twitter @bioethicsgov, and watch our videos on YouTube

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