Two events grouped into one evening will explore the many questions
involving stem cell research.
On Feb. 21, a panel workshop will be held in Winship Ballroom from
46 p.m. titled, Stem Cell Research, Public Policy and
the Role of the University. Claudia Adkison, executive associate
dean for admission and faculty affairs in the School of Medicine,
will join Georgia Tech Assistant Professor of Public Policy Bhaven
Sampat, Glenn McGee, associate director for the Center for Bioethics
at the University of Pennsylvania, and Steven Stice, associate professor
and senior research scientist at the University of Georgia.
The workshop will focus on the legal and public policy issues raised
by stem cell research and address the role academic institutions
play in that research, as well as the ties with industry that invariably
are part of the
For instance, Stice, whose research focuses on developing animal
cloning techniques, is vice president for human stem cell research
at BresaGen Inc., an Australia-based biotechnology company that
owns four of the human embryonic stem cell lines approved for National
Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
Shortly after the workshop, McGee and Stice will lead a discussion
at 7:30 p.m. called The Science and Ethics of Stem Cell Research,
that also will take place in Winship Ballroom.
Don Stein, director of the Brain Research Laboratory in emergency
medicine, will respond to the two speakers.
Stem cell research has raised a lot of ethical questions
weve been dealing with as a culture, said Chance Hunter,
communications coordinator of the Center for Ethics, which is cosponsoring
the two events with the School of Law, the Graduate Division of
Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Georgia Techs School
of Public Policy.
That the ethics center would become involved in a somewhat sticky
subject like stem cell research is not a stretch. The center has
a well-developed program in health-science ethics and is the founder
of the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia.
The controversy over stem cell research has only increased since
last August, when President George W. Bush limited work to existing
stem cell lines, and the ideal place to explore this issue, Hunter
said, is through the ethics center. Its natural for
this event to fall under our scope, he said.
Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information,
contact the Center for Ethics at 404-727-4954.