Ethics at the Frontiers of Science
Ethics at the Frontiers of Science
Ethical issues raised by cutting-edge developments in science, especially in the areas of stem
cell research and therapy, neurosciences, and computing technology and robotics.
Topics include memory enhancement and erasure, brain and self and
freedom and responsibility, the distinction between therapy and enhancement, life span extension, from smart drugs to smart brains,
the promises and perils of stem cell research, egg and embryo donation, designer babies, robotic ethics, cyborgs, search engine
ethics, the Web and the ownership and distribution of knowledge.
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Date: Febuary 18, 2008
- Speaker: Mary Devereaux
- UCSD Research Ethics Program
- Stem Cell Consortium
Dr. Devereaux holds a Ph.D. in
philosophy. A specialist in bioethics
and aesthetics, she is a member of the Research Ethics Program at UC San Diego and Director of:
Biomedical Ethics Seminar.
Professor Devereaux’s current research focuses on issues of medical enhancement
such as cosmetic surgery, gene therapy, and psychopharmacology and how increasing
patient demands for these services affect the definition and professional norms of medicine.
Prof. Devereaux serves on the Human Subjects Committee IRB at The Burnham Institute and belongs
to The American Philosophical Association, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities,
The Association for Women in Science and the American Society for Aesthetics.
Date: March 3, 2008
- Speaker: Larry Goldstein. MD
- Professor of Cellular an Molecular Medicine,
University of California San Diego School of Medicine.
- Investigator,Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
"Dr. Goldstein is a nationally recognized researcher who studies the mechanisms of function of neurons in the brain and how this relates to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and ALS.. ..."
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Date: March 12, 2007
- Speaker: Dr. Floyd E. Bloom
- Member, President's Council on Bioethics
- Chairman of the Department of Neuropharmacology
- Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla
Dr. Floyd E. Bloom is a past chairman of AAAS, former editor-in-chief of the journal Science and
chairman of the Department of Neuropharmacology at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. He is also a member of the
President's Council on Bioethics (http://bioethics.gov). A member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1977, he is the
recipient of numerous prizes for his contributions to science, including the Janssen Award in the Basic Sciences and the
Pasarow Award in Neuropsychiatry. He has also been named a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and a member of the
Institute of Medicine. Dr. Bloom's more than 600 publications include the seminal work, The Biochemical Basis of
Neuropharmacology and The Dana Guide to Brain Health. In an important call-to-arms for healing the U.S. health care
system, published 13 June in Science and based on his Presidential Lecture at the 2003 AAAS Annual Meeting, he
describes how events of the 20th century have produced a system that cannot incorporate or implement new knowledge for the
diagnosis or treatment of disease. Bloom earned his B.A. from Southern Methodist University and his M.D. from the Washington
University School of Medicine.
Date: April 23, 2007
- Speaker: Pam Dixon
- Executive Director, World Privacy Forum.
The incredibly rapid growth of computer power has made information storage and retrieval much easier. In this class meeting, we will examine several computer-related challenges to privacy in the internet age.
Date: Feburary 12, 2007
- Speaker: Michael Kalichman
Director, Center for Ethics in Science and Technology
University of California San Diego
A presentation on Stem Cell regulation and the alternative sources of Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Date: Feburary 19, 2007
- Speaker: Evan Snyder
Program Director, Professor
Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
A presentation on the "Promise and Perils" of stem cell research