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[April 25, 2008]

Challenging Subject of Research on Children to be Addressed at Downstate

SUNY Downstate Medial Center's Division of Humanities in Medicine will hold a conference on medical research on children -- "Ethical Dilemmas in Research Involving Children: 'Damned If You Do or Don't'" -- on Tuesday, April 29, 8:30 - 4:30 p.m., in the Alumni Auditorium, 395 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, New York.

Top figures in this field will be among the presenters, including Alan R. Fleischman, MD, senior vice president and medical director of the March of Dimes Foundation.  Dr. Fleischman will provide an overview of ethical issues related to research involving children, and then lead a panel examining the history of such research, as well as parental consent and children’s consent or assent.

Scott T. Miller, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics at SUNY Downstate, will discuss what parents and children hear when research is discussed with them, and Dale A. Distant, MD, professor of clinical surgery and director of transplantation at Downstate, will cover research issues in organ transplantation.

Other topics to be discussed include federal regulations and genetic research.  

For information contact Alice Herb, JD, LLM, assistant clinical professor of family medicine and associate at law, 718-270-2752 or