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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

Bioethics Conference

8th International Conference on
Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine – April 24-26, 2015

Deadline for abstracts: November 26, 2014

2015 Conference Booklet


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Modern medicine has been blessed with unprecedented advances during last forty to fifty years largely due to new discoveries in biology and developments in medical technology. These new advances have extended our lifespan and brought improved quality of life for our patients. However, these have also brought new pressures on our limited resources and have challenged our ethical and moral values. The advancement of science will have an impact on human identity, moral perceptions, values, and traditional religious beliefs. Unlike any time before, the speed of technological advancement, the possibilities, the threats to some of our cherished beliefs, are very real. What would it mean for example if life could be sustained indefinitely? What would it mean if we could regenerate or replace all our biological components to not only sustain life but to improve it? Not only do we need to consider the impact of technology that improves the life span, viability, and quality of human life from a utilitarian /materialistic point of view, we need to consider the impact of new knowledge in and of itself. We are now developing technology that allows us to read our minds. Some of this technology challenges our notions of responsibility, free will, and justice. We shall welcome speakers on all topics related to ethical concerns and policy related Issues as scientists, engineers, physicians and philosophers make new advances in biology, engineering and medicine.

Following seven successful international conferences, SUNY Downstate Medical Center will sponsor a 2-day conference on ethics in biology, engineering and medicine. Also, a 1-day workshop on Research Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research that aims to 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. Biologist, engineers, philosophers, research scientists, lawyers, doctors, students, clinicians and representatives from industry and federal agencies will address the controversial nature of many of these new exciting developments in Biology, Engineering and Medicine.

The conference will include keynote lectures, and presentations by invited speakers and individuals selected from submitted abstracts. In addition, the program will feature Mini-symposiums devoted to address: Ethical Issues in Dentistry. Also, a 1-day workshop on Research Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research will be hold on Sunday April 26, 2015.

Technical sessions will be held on April 24 and 25, 2015 at the Founder's Hall, St. Francis College, and 180 Remsen st, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

*Titles of the talks and names of additional invited speakers will be announced shortly.

The abstracts for this conference will be published as a special issue of the International Journal of Medical Implants and Devices that will be distributed at the conference. The authors are also encouraged to submit their papers for publication in Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine, An International Journal. Open this PDF for more information about submitting a manuscript to Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine, An International Journal.

Topical Areas of Interest:

  • Animal testing for medical devices
  • Clinical trials of biomedical devices and implants
  • Code of ethics for bioengineers
  • Ethical issues in biomedical research
  • Ethical issues in clinical engineering
  • Ethics issues in dentistry
  • Ethical issues in tissue engineering
  • Ethics of biobanks
  • Ethics of genetic engineering and cloning
  • Ethics of nanobiotechnology
  • Ethics of stem cell use and research
  • Ethics of synthetic biology
  • Ethics in global health
  • Marketing and regulation of impacts and devices
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Medical liability reform
  • Medical ethics & heath policy
  • Neuroethics
  • Privacy and Bioinformatics

Conference Chair

Subrata Saha, PhD

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Saha is presently the Director of Musculoskeletal Research and Research Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Saha received a BS in Civil Engineering from Calcutta University in 1963, an MS in Engineering Mechanics in 1969 from Tennessee Technological University, and Engineering and PhD degrees in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University in 1972 and 1974, respectively. He has been a faculty member at Yale University, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Loma Linda University, Clemson University, and Alfred University.

He has received numerous research grants from federal agencies (NIH and NSF), foundations, and industry. Dr. Saha is the founder of the Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference Series. He also started the International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Saha has published over 90 papers in journals, 35 book chapters and edited volumes, 347 papers in conference proceedings, and 84 abstracts. His research interests are bone mechanics, biomaterials, orthopedic and dental implants, drug delivery systems, rehabilitation engineering, and bioethics.

Dr. Saha has received many awards from professional societies, including Orthopedic Implant Award, Dr. C. P. Sharma Award, Researcher of the Year Award, C. William Hall Research Award in Biomedical Engineering, Award for Faculty Excellence, Research Career Development Award from NIH, and Engineering Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Dr. Saha is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Medical Implants & Devices and was an Associate Editor of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering and Trends in Biomaterials and Artificial Organs. He has been a Member of the Editorial Boards of many journals, including Journal of Biomedical Materials Research; Medical Engineering and Physics;Journal of Applied Biomaterials; Medical Design and Material; Biomaterials, Artificial Cells, and Immobilization Biotechnology; Biomaterials, Medical Device and Artificial Organs; Journal of Bioengineering, Biotelemetry and Patient Monitoring; Journal of Basic & Applied Biomedicine and TM Journal.

Keynote Speakers

Gregory L. Eastwood, MD

Upstate Medical University

Gregory L. Eastwood, MD is Professor of Bioethics and Humanities and Professor of Medicine. He is also is University Professor of the State University of New York. Dr. Eastwood joined the Center in 2008. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Eastwood is a former president of SUNY Upstate Medical University (1993-2006) and now serves on the Upstate Foundation Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and was Interim President of CWRU from June 1, 2006 until July 1, 2007, after which he became the Inamori Ethics Professor and Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at CWRU until his return to SUNY Upstate in September 2008. He has been active in the Association of Academic Health Centers, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Associated Medical Schools of New York, the American Gastroenterological Association, the Subspecialty Board on Gastroenterology of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and other national and regional organizations.

Dr. Eastwood's current scholarly interests include the study of ethical leadership, professionalism, ethics of complex organizations, and general bioethics. His past research was in gastrointestinal epithelial renewal and mechanisms of mucosal injury and protection. He has authored over 130 articles and book chapters and has written and edited several books.

Jennifer E. Miller, PhD

Harvard University
Duke University

Jennifer E. Miller, PhD is a fellow in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to joining Harvard's ethics center, she taught in Columbia University's Bioethics Program and in Fordham University's Graduate School of Business. In the fall, Dr. Miller will also join Duke University's Kenan Institute for Ethics, jointly appointed by the Fuqua School of Business and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.

Her academic career is complemented by a strong record of public service, including serving (2009-2011) on the US Taskforce for Pediatric Emergency Mass Critical Care under the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (tasked with developing a national framework for the responsible allocation of limited healthcare resources), as a consultant to the United Nations ECOSOC (organ facilitating international cooperation on standards-making and problem-solving in economic and social issues), on the AMA's National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium, and as the Founding President of the NYC based nonprofit Bioethics International (2005-present).

Her expertise has been widely featured in the foreign and domestic press, including on Fox News, CBS News, AP News, NPR and the cover of Science Magazine's Career section. She has authored numerous articles on a wide range of bioethical issues – including the role of religion in bioethics, personalized medicine, triage ethics, institutional corruption, research ethics, access to medicines, and the role of globalization, markets and governance in healthcare innovation – for Nature Medicine, the Scientist, the Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics, the Hastings Center Report and other scholarly journals.

Her current work assesses the state of ethics and trust in the pharmaceutical industry and explores whether a bioethics rating system can help fix genuine and widespread problems. To this end, she created and has completed a pilot of a rating index that assesses and signals the degree to which the 20 largest drug and biotechnology companies publically communicate the results of their clinical trials for newly approved drugs.

Mildred Z. Solomon, Ed.D

The Hastings Center

Mildred Solomon is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hastings Center. In addition, she is Clinical Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the school's Fellowship in Medical Ethics, a program aimed at building the bioethics capacity of Harvard-affiliated hospitals. In addition to Fellows from the United States, her program has trained bioethicists from Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, and Iceland.

Dr. Solomon is a bioethicist and social science researcher who conducts both normative and empirical research on a wide range of values questions and topics of moral uncertainty in health, health care, and public health. The primary focus of her scholarship has been on the ethics of end-of-life care for adults and children, organ transplantation, research ethics, clinician professionalism, and responsible conduct of research. In terms of her policy work, Dr. Solomon was one of many leaders who worked to create the field of palliative medicine. She also served as the principal investigator on a project funded by Robert Wood Johnson, which issued recommendations for integrating palliative care into managed care. She was a member of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, which advises the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on national organ donation and transplantation policies. She has served on National Academy of Sciences committees and consulted to the Institute of Medicine, the Open Society Institute, and many other organizations.

Dr. Solomon is also an accomplished ethics educator. For example, she worked with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to host a traveling exhibition, Deadly Medicine: The Role of Physicians in the Nazi Era, which involved thousands of viewers drawn from Boston-area medical, nursing, and law schools, as well as interested citizens. Early in her career, she co-founded the Decisions Near the End of Life program, which was adopted by 230 hospitals across the United States and adapted for use in Germany and Switzerland. She also championed equal attention to gravely ill children, by founding The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care, which produced an award-winning series of professional education films, a comprehensive curriculum for clinicians who care for children near the end of life, and educational retreats that have served more than 2,000 pediatric subspecialists, pediatric critical care nurses, and related health care professionals. She helped to establish the Multiregional Clinical Trials (MRCT) project, now housed at Harvard's Global Health Institute, which aims to enhance ethical oversight of clinical trials around the globe.

Before taking the helm of The Hastings Center, Dr. Solomon was Senior Director of Implementation Science at the Association of American Medical Colleges, a membership association of all accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada, 450 teaching hospitals, and 90 medical and scientific specialty societies. At the AAMC, she was responsible for helping academic medical centers develop their capacities in comparative effectiveness research, patient outcomes research, and implementation science.

She earned her doctorate in educational research methods and adult learning from Harvard University and her B.A. from Smith College.

Invited Speakers

Kenneth R. Foster, PhD

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Foster is Professor of Bioengineering, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at Penn Engineering, University Pennsylvania. Dr. Foster's research interests relate to biomedical applications of non-ionizing radiation from audio through microwave frequency ranges, and health and safety aspects of electromagnetic fields as they interact with the body. For example, he examines the prospects of workers in electrical occupations and the possibility (or lack of) cancer risk. Another and somewhat broader topic of interest is technological risk, and impact of technology (principally, electrotechnologies) on humans. Dr. Foster's goal in this area is to examine technology, putting into perspective its relative risks and benefits to society.

James Giordano, PhD

Georgetown University

Dr. James Giordano is Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and a professor in the Department of Neurology, and Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA. He is Clark Faculty Fellow of Neurosciences and Ethics at the Human Science Center of Ludwig Maximilians Universitüt, Munich, Germany, where he previously was JW Fulbright Foundation Visiting Professor. Dr. Giordano is William H. and Ruth Crane Schaefer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Neuroethics at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC; is appointed to the Neuroethics, Legal, and Social Issues Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is a Fellow of the Center for National Preparedness at the University of Pittsburgh, PA.

In recognition of his ongoing work, he has been awarded Germany's 2012 Klaus Reichert Prize in Medicine and Philosophy (with colleague and longtime collaborator, Prof. Dr. Roland Benedikter of the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA), has been named National Distinguished Lecturer of Sigma Xi, the National Research Honor Society; Distinguished Lecturer of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), was elected to the European Academy of Science and Arts in 2008, and was named a Presidential Point of Light for his contribution to science and society by (former) President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

George Khushf, PhD

University of South Carolina

Dr. Khushf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. He has written extensively on medical ethics and served as the managing editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Dr. Khushf is also the Humanities Director at the Center for Bioethics at USC. After receiving a B.S. (1983) in civil engineering at Texas A&M University, Dr. Khushf studied in religion and philosophy at Rice University, receiving an M.A. in 1990, and a PhD in 1993 and was a Fulbright Graduate Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Tübingen. From 1993-95 he was the managing editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophyand a Research Associate at Baylor of Medicine. In Spring 1995 he was the Rockwell Visiting Scholar at the University of Houston. Since July 1995 he has served as Humanities Director of the Center for Bioethics, and as a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina. Recent activities have included service as co-chair of the Program Committee of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, and as a consultant for the state of South Carolina strategic planning initiative in public health, developing a schema for integrating diverse health concepts that are implicit in various health agencies. Dr. Khushf serves on the editorial boards of five journals, and has published extensively in bioethics and the philosophy of medicine. Current research focuses on administrative and organizational ethics, concepts of health and disease, and medical epistemology.

Wade L. Robison, PhD

Rochester Institute of Technology

Wade L. Robison is the Ezra A. Hale Professor of Applied Ethics at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with a minor in law. He directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on David Hume at Dartmouth in 1990, has received several National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, including a year-long fellowship in Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He was President of the International Hume Society for sixteen years and is active in Ethics Across the Curriculum at RIT and elsewhere. He has published extensively in philosophy of law, David Hume, and practical and professional ethics. His book Decisions in Doubt: The Environment and Public Policy (University Press of New England, 1994) won the Nelson A. Rockefeller Prize in Social Science and Public Policy. He has co-edited anthologies in medical ethics, business and professional ethics, and Hume, and his most recent book, with L. Reeser, is on Ethical Decision Making in Social Work (Allyn & Bacon, 2000).

Daniel Vallero, PhD

Duke University

Dr. Vallero is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, where he conducts research focused on transport and transformation of organic compounds in environmental media, especially soil and the troposphere. He also leads the Pratt School's "Ethics across the Curriculum," which addresses ethics from introduction of academic integrity to first-year undergraduate students and throughout the students' academic and research experiences at Duke. He co-facilitates the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training for all Duke PhD students actually or potentially engaged in research, and conducts research and develops teaching approaches related to macroethics of emerging technologies.

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Conference Location

St. Francis College
180 Remsen St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Technical sessions will be held on April 24 and 25, 2015 at the Founder's Hall Auditorium, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

Hotel Information

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
Phone: 718.246.7000
Fax: 718.222.6520

Please note that this special rate is valid until March 2015

A block of rooms at the Marriott New York at the Brooklyn Bridge have been reserved at a special reduced rate of $199 (plus tax) per day for conference attendees during the conference.

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