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April 27, 2009

“Law & Innovation: the Embryonic Stem Cell Controversy” conference, May 1–2, 2009

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The George McMillan Fleming Center for Law and Innovation in Biomedicine and Healthcare at the University of Texas School of Law will host its inaugural conference on the embryonic stem cell controversy May 1–2, 2009. It will be held in the Eidman Courtroom at the Law School, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

The conference, chaired by Professor John Robertson, will examine the idea that innovation in biomedicine is a complex process involving science, law, ethics, and policy; and that lawyers and policymakers can learn much about the law’s role in biomedicine and healthcare innovation from a careful examination of a major, ongoing area of scientific research and controversy.

The societal debate over the use of embryonic stem cells has enmeshed law, politics, and science in controversy since the ability to culture human stem cells was announced in 1998. This topic presents an extraordinary opportunity to explore how law, ethics, and policy affect the process of innovation and development in science, and thus the speed at which it yields healthcare benefits, and is particularly relevant at this time because of recent federal policy changes regarding how this research is conducted.

Presenters include national experts on religious, legal, scientific, and policy aspects of the embryonic stem cell controversy. They will address both the role of ethics and politics in science and the health policy and regulatory implications of a novel area of research. The conference is free and members of the community are welcome to attend.

The Fleming Center’s founder, Law School graduate George M. Fleming, created it in honor of his late father, a pioneer and respected leader in healthcare management in Houston for the better part of four decades. George McMillan Fleming held a doctorate in education, which he used in the field of hospital administration. He was the administrator of a number of hospitals in Texas, notably Methodist Hospital in Houston and Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio.

View the full conference schedule for more information.

The conference will be webcast live. To tune into the webcast, please visit mms://realaudio.cc.utexas.edu:8080/wmtencoder/utlaw beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2009.

Program contact:
Maria Allen, (512) 232-4604, or aallen@law.utexas.edu