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UCI to livestream symposium: The Challenge of Informed Consent in Times of Controversy

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IRVINE, Calif. — The 2015 stem cell symposium, The Challenge of Informed Consent in Times of Controversy, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at University of California, Irvine. The symposium will be livestreamed, and a video recording will be available on http://www.law.uci.edu following the event. The symposium will explore whether the Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies should intensify the regulation of human subject research and establish enforcement standards.

Livestream URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr_UsYgDZfU&feature=youtu.be

WHAT: The 2015 stem cell symposium is a culmination of an ongoing project investigating human subject research protections in stem cell clinical trials by UCI researchers. The investigation arises from concerns about the informed consent process used in these types of studies and the adequacy of information-sharing among pharmaceutical companies, research trial sites, principal investigators, human research subjects and the public. This symposium features the nation's most highly sought-after thought leaders to discuss these concerns, along three themes: law, ethics and science. Questions to be addressed include:

  • Does informed consent convey different meanings depending on who invokes the term?
  • When do we know that consent is informed?
  • What are human research subjects entitled to know before, during and after agreeing to participate in clinical trials?
  • How might the pushback on fetal tissue research impact the scientific development of vaccines, research on Alzheimer's disease or other medical advancements?

WHERE: Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, 845 Health Sciences Road, Irvine, CA 92697 (map and directions)

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Symposium Schedule

9 a.m. Welcome: Dr. Sidney Golub, Research Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics; Director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UCI

9:15 a.m. Keynote Lecture: Professor Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia University; Columnist, The Nation

10:25 a.m. Money, Mischief, and Science: What Have We Learned About Doing Stem Cell Research?

Dr. Aileen Anderson, Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Associate Director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Center, UCI

Dr. Geoffrey Lomax, Senior Officer, Medical Standards, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, San Francisco

Dr. Larry Couture, Senior Vice President, Center for Applied Technology, Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope, Duarte, Calif.

1:00 p.m. The Ethical Boundaries of Human Research

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

Dr. Laurie Zoloth, Professor of Religious Studies, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago

Marcy Darnovsky, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Genetics and Society, Berkeley, Calif.

Deborah Zoe Laufer, Playwright; Author of "Informed Consent"

2:40 p.m. Human Research and the Role of Law

Prof. Michele Goodwin, J.D., Chancellor's Professor of Law; Director, Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy, UCI School of Law

Prof. Maxwell Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D., Co-Director, Georgetown-Johns Hopkins Joint Program in Law and Public Health, Washington, D.C.

Prof. Radhika Rao, J.D., UC Hastings College of Law, San Francisco

4:10 p.m. Closing Remarks

WHO: The following speakers are available for media interviews:

Dr. Sidney Golub, Director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UCI

Dr. Aileen Anderson, Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Associate Director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Center, UCI

Dr. Brian Cummings, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Anatomy & Neurobiology, UCI

Prof. Michele Goodwin, Chancellor's Professor of Law & Director, Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy, UCI School of Law

Professor Patricia J. Williams, James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia University and Featured Columnist, The Nation

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