Drawing the Line: Ethical, Policy and Scientific Perspectives on U.S. Embryo Research

Drawing the Line: Ethical, Policy and Scientific Perspectives on U.S. Embryo Research

Research on human embryos is restricted, by nongovernmental guidelines, to the first 14 days of their development in the United States, or to the formation of the primitive streak — an observable, early step in the formation of neural tissue. In 2016, scientists in the U.S. and the U.K. published reports on the first successful attempts to cultivate human embryos in vitro that survived for a full 14 days, stopping research for the first time because of the guideline. Many scientists and ethicists are now questioning the validity of the deadline. Is it an ethically justifiable point to end research? Or is it just a public policy tool to limit research that previously was only hypothetically possible? At this event, scientists, policy scholars and ethicists will present preliminary research on the 14-day limit on human embryo research from scientific, policy and ethical perspectives.

This event is sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences. Funding for this program was generously provided by a grant from The Greenwall Foundation.

Follow @BakerCHB on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerBioSci.

 

Agenda

8:00 am

 

 

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 am

 

 

Welcome

Neal F. Lane, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

8:45 am

 

 

Panel I — Human embryo research: What we know, how we know it and what more we can learn

Moderated by: Jason S. Robert, Ph.D., Lincoln Chair in Ethics, Associate Professor of Life Sciences, and Director, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, Arizona State University

Daniel S. Wagner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of BioSciences, Rice University; and Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar

Ali H. Brivanlou, Ph.D.
Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor and Head, Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology, The Rockefeller University

10:00 am

 

 

Break

10:10 am

 

 

Panel II — Human embryo research: U.S. policy landscape and ethical questions to consider

Moderated by: Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Ethics in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

Ana S. Iltis, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, Wake Forest University; and Nonresident Scholar for Biomedical Research Policy, Baker Institute

11:30 am

 

 

Closing Remarks

Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

 

Private workshop to follow, by invitation only

 

When?

Wed, May 23, 2018
8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Where?

James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute — 6100 Main St
Houston, Texas 77005

Kelly International Conference Facility