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[March 17, 2011]                                                  

Sixth International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering to Be Held in Brooklyn April 1 3

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and The New York Academy of Sciences will hold the Sixth International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering April 1 – 3. The reception and registration will take place April 1 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn 11201. Lectures and panel discussions will be held April 2 – 3 at Pfizer Auditorium, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, 11201. 

The conference will examine the ethical issues associated with the development of new implants, devices, and treatments to improve the quality of life of patients with devastating diseases. Biomedical engineers, philosophers, research scientists, lawyers, students, clinicians, and representatives from industry and government will explore ethical guidelines to address developments in biomedical engineering.

The gathering of speakers, presenters, and moderators from around the globe will include John C. LaRosa, MD, president of SUNY Downstate, who will give introductory remarks, as will Ellis Rubenstein, PhD, president of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Gene R. DiResta, PhD, PE, industry professor and director of biomedical engineering at Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

Conference participants from Downstate will include Eli A. Friedman, MD, distinguished teaching professor of medicine; William Urban, MD, chair of orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation medicine; Mark Stewart, MD, PhD, dean of the School of Graduate Studies; and Subrata Saha, PhD, research professor and director of musculoskeletal research in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Saha is also chair of the conference, which will launch a new publication – Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine, An International Journal. Dr. Saha is editor-in-chief of the new publication.

In a welcoming letter, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, PhD, said, “Biomedical engineering, a relatively new field among engineering disciplines, has already made significant contributions in the development of new medical devices, implants, and treatment modalities that have improved the quality of life for thousands of New Yorkers and beyond.” Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand wrote, “I commend all of the individuals participating in this weekend’s conference, and your efforts serve as an example of the positive contributions an individual can make to his or her profession, community and country.” In her welcoming letter, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke said, “As the federal representative for central Brooklyn, I am proud that this great borough will host such a critical meeting of the minds that will lead to great advancements in science and technology.”       

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.