Global State of Stem Cells and Cloning in Science, Ethics, and Law

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The Ethics and Public Policy Center was pleased to cosponsor a major conference in Rome on stem cells: the ethical issues, the scientific options, the international perspective, and the theological debate.

Program of Events

Monday, March 7, 2005

8:45 – 9:00 — Welcoming remarks/introductions
Austin Ruse (Culture of Life Foundation)

9:00 – 11:00 — Session I: An Overview of the Ethical and Scientific Issues
Eric Cohen (Ethics and Public Policy Center) on “Dignity, Equality, and Stem Cells”
Dr. Maureen Condic (University of Utah)
Dr. M. William Lensch (Children’s Hospital/Harvard University)

11:15 – 1:00 p.m. — Session II: Alternative Sources of Pluripotent Stem Cells: Defining Embryo Death
Dr. Donald Landry (Columbia University)
Dr. Howard Zucker (Columbia University)
Dr. Alfonso Gomez-Lobo (Georgetown University)

3:00 – 5:00 — Session III: Alternative Sources of Pluripotent Stem Cells: Altered Nuclear Transfer
Eric Cohen (Ethics and Public Policy Center)
Father Nicanor Austriaco (Dominican House of Studies)
Dr. William Hurlbut (Stanford University)

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

8:45-10:15 — Session IV: Policy and Law: An International Perspective
Leonard Leo (Federalist Society)

10:30-12:15 p.m. — Session VI: The Ethics of Embryo Adoption
Father Tad Pacholcyzk (National Catholic Bioethics Center)
Father Thomas Williams LC (Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University)

2:15-3:30 — Session V: Stem Cells in the Public Square
Wesley J. Smith (Discovery Institute)
Will Saletan (Slate)

3:45-4:45 — Session VII: Theological Reflections on the Embryo Question
Dr. John Berkman (Catholic University of America)

4:45 – 5:00 — Concluding Remarks
Eric Cohen (Ethics and Public Policy Center)