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Fordham Conference on Stem Cell Ethics and Morality

Contact: Bob Howe
(212) 636-6538

Celia Fisher, Ph.D.
Scientists, bio-ethicists and clergy will explore “Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Moral Questions for the 21st Century,” in a daylong conference at Fordham University on Tuesday, April 17, at the Lincoln Center campus.

Panelists will discuss a number of topics, including the progress of embryonic stem cell research and its biological foundations; the medical benefits and risks of embryonic stem cell research, including clinical applications of stem cell therapies; the moral status of human embryos; the place of faith in the debate over stem cell research and government’s role in restricting or regulating such research.

TIME:        8:30 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M.
                  LINCOLN CENTER CAMPUS
                  113 W. 60TH ST., NEW YORK, N.Y. 

“Today more than ever, embryonic stem cell research is at the forefront of moral debate among patients, politicians, scientists, and people of faith,” said Celia Fisher, Ph.D., Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham, who organized the conference. “As human beings and citizens it is essential that we equip ourselves with the knowledge and the courage necessary to confront this most challenging issue.”

Among the panelists will be science journalist Stephen S. Hall; Richard M. Doerflinger, MA, deputy director, Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Stephen J. Pope, Ph.D. professor of theological ethics, Boston College; and R. Alta Charo, J.D., Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law & Bioethics, University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The interdisciplinary conference is sponsored by Fordham University's Center for Ethics Education, The Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies and the Fordham Natural Law Colloquium.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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