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Charting A Path Forward: The Future of Bioethics Advisory Bodies Bioethics Commission Public Meeting

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its 26th public meeting on Aug. 31, 2016


The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its twenty-sixth public meeting on August 31, 2016. At this meeting, the Bioethics Commission will continue the discussion that began at its twenty-fifth meeting, reflecting 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 a similar body abroad, in the U.K., and an international bioethics body formed by the United Nations.

When: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Where: Annenberg Public Policy Center, 202 S. 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • Kathleen Sebelius [video presentation], MPA, Former Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Renée C. Fox, PhD, Annenberg Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Emerita Senior fellow of the Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Robert Cook-Deegan, MD, Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University
  • Alexander M. Capron, LLB, University Professor, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, University of Southern California
  • Thomas H. Murray, PhD, President Emeritus, The Hastings Center
  • Jonathan Montgomery, LLM, HonFRCPCH, Professor of Health Care Law, Chair, University College London, Chair, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Chair, Health Research Authority
  • Ruth Macklin, PhD, Distinguished University Professor Emerita, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Harold T. Shapiro, PhD, President Emeritus, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • Rebecca Dresser, JD, Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Eugenijus Gefenas, MD, PhD, Chairperson, Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, Professor at the Medical Faculty, Vilnius University, Lithuania, Director, Lithuanian Bioethics Committee


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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