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.


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.


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 and 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.


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 and 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 and 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.


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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