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2014 - Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Events


October 2014

David Barnard, JD, Ph.D.
Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism & Comfort Care, Assistant Vice Provost for Interproffesional Education, Professor of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Oregon Health & Science University
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Title:  Aging as Problem and as Mystery
Location: MIND Institute 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA  95817
Time: 5:30 PM - Reception, 6:30 PM Lecture


Scheduled Events: Jauary 29 - 30, 2014
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics - Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Title: “It Isn't Obvious: The Hidden Ethical Challenges of Modern Biotechnology”
5:30pm Reception – Cancer Center Break Out Rooms
6:30pm Program – Cancer Center Auditorium

Cancer Center - 4501 X Street Sacramento, CA 95817
Parking in Lot closest to the Cancer Center

Please RSVP to Julie Bechtel @ (916) 734-6181 or by email at, no later than
Monday, January 27, 2014 - BY 12 NOON

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Stem Cell Research Policy & Ethics Symposium
Time:  9:00 AM – 2:30 PM 
Title: The Brain as a Frontier: Neurological Stem Cell Research and its Ethical Challenges
Location: Medical Education Building – Lecture Hall 1222, 4610 X Street Sacramento CA 95817


2014 -  1st Annual UC Davis Stem Cell Research Policy and Ethics Symposium:  Presented by UC Davis Bioethics Program

Scheduled Event: January 30, 2014
Stem Cell Research for Neurological Disorders: A Case Study in Ethical & Policy Issues in ALS Research

The path from bench to bedside for groundbreaking stem cell interventions is fraught with scientific, ethical and policy complexities that are not always given weighted foresight or when recognized, adequately addressed.

Current limitations of animal models in cognitive research compel further investigation into the use of stem cell therapies. However potential risks and benefits are unknown and, in many instances, unknowable until research is conducted.

This symposium will explore the many reasons why we must assure scientific and ethical appropriateness of human trials, but in a way that makes innovation possible.

The cost of not striking this balance may be the unwitting encouragement of people to seek access to stem cell interventions unfettered by either scientific or ethical oversight and justification.


8:45 am Registration

9:00 am Welcome and Introduction
Paul Knoepfler, Ph.D. Associate Professor, UC Davis
Mark Yarborough, Ph.D. Dean's Professor of Bioethics, UC Davis

9:05 am Living and Dying with ALS: The lived Experience of ALS and the urgency of ALS Research
Nanette Joyce, DO. Assistant Professor & Co-Director ALS Clinic, UC Davis
Susan Catlett, and Terri Crutchfield

9:40 am - The Brain as a Frontier: Neurological Stem Cell Research and its Ethical Challenges
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Ethics, Emory University

10:30 am Break

10:45 am - Panel Discussion: The long path from animal studies to clinical trials on the way to FDA approval
John Ioannidis, MD, DSc. C.F. Rehnborg Professor in Disease Prevention, Professor of Health Research & Policy, Stanford University
Respondent: Jan Nolta PhD. Director of the Stem Cell Program, UC Davis
Moderator: Randi Hagerman, MD. Medical Director of the MIND Institute, UC Davis

11:30 am - The Ethical Challenges of Stem Cell Clinical Trials for ALS: The Neuralstem Phase I and II trials
Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD. Associate Professor in Biomedical Ethics & Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University
Respondents: Nanette Joyce, DO. & Paul Root Wolpe, PhD.
Moderator: Mark Yarborough, PhD.

12:15 am - Lunch

1:00 pm - Commercial and Unregulated Uses of Stem Cells for Neurological Disorders
Gerhard Bauer. Associate Adjunct Professor & Laboratory Director, GMP Facility, UC Davis
Paul Knoepfler, PhD. UC Davis
Moderator: Lisa Ikemoto, JD. Professor of Law, UC Davis

2:10 pm - Closing Summary

2:30pm - Adjournment

Supported by:  UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center California Institute for Regenerative Medicine