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PRESS RELEASE: 10.15.09 The Hastings Center Elects Eight New Fellows

(Garrison, NY) A fundamental strength of The Hastings Center is its extensive network of interdisciplinary Fellows from around the world. That network was just strengthened further with the election of eight new members for 2009.  Hastings Center President Thomas Murray commented on the newly elected group, stating, “To be elected to the Fellowship of The Hastings Center honors the exceptional achievements of each Fellow and, at the same time, brings extraordinary wisdom and expertise to The Hastings Center community.”

The Center’s new American Fellows are Christopher H. Evans, Harvard Medical School chemist and molecular biologist; Atul Gawande, Harvard surgeon and New Yorker magazine staff writer; Karla Holloway, Duke University law professor; Lainie Ross, University of Chicago medical ethicist; and Paul Root Wolpe, Emory University’s Director of the Center for Ethics.

The three new international Fellows are Abdallah Daar, University of Toronto Professor of Public Health Sciences and Surgery; Diego Gracia, Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at Complutense University, Madrid, Spain; and Mats G. Hansson, Director of the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Established shortly after the Center was founded in 1969, the Fellowship is an elected association of researchers whose distinguished contributions in their fields have been influential in bioethics. Fellows have backgrounds in fields such as medicine, science, law, social sciences, and journalism, as well as bioethics. Collectively, they possess a wealth of knowledge and experience that the Center draws upon in addressing vital ethical questions raised by advances in science and medicine, and tackled by policymakers. Among these are health reform, end-of-life care, genetic testing, reproductive decisions, conflict of interest, biosecurity, and neuropharmacology. These issues not only shape society as a whole, they affect individual lives from birth to death.

With the appointment of these eight new members, The Hastings Center Fellows now number 179. A complete list can be found here.

Further information on The Hastings Center’s eight new Fellows:

Abdallah Daar is Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is also Senior Scientist and Director, Program on Ethics and Commercialization of the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health and Director of Ethics and Policy at the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine.

Christopher H. Evans is an internationally known chemist and molecular biologist at Harvard Medical School. His research broadly relates to biotechnology, with special emphases in genetics and gene therapy. A highly honored scholar, he has worked and made connections across disciplines and countries.

Atul Gawande is a Harvard surgeon and New Yorker magazine staff writer. He is a nationally recognized commentator on error and performance in clinical medicine and on policy issues related to the provision of health care services. A MacArthur Award recipient, Gawande is author of two recent bestselling books, Complications and Better.

Diego Gracia is Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at the Complutense University in Madrid. Trained in psychiatry and history, Gracia is a prolific author and widely recognized as "dean" of the field of medical history and ethics in Spain and Latin

Mats G. Hansson is the director of the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics at Uppsala University in Sweden. He has conducted extensive research dealing with issues including ethical, social, and legal aspects of the implementation of genetic diagnosis in clinical practice; the use of human tissue materials in research; and setting priorities in health care.

Karla Holloway is the James B. Duke Professor of English and Professor of Law at Duke University. Holloway holds appointments in the Law School and in the departments of Women's Studies and African & African American Studies. A former co-chair of the Black Faculty Caucus at Duke, she is widely recognized as a leader in bioethics at the intersection of law and the humanities, and for her talents as a writer, mentor, and advocate.

Lainie Ross is a general pediatrician and a medical ethicist in the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics and the Section of Bioethics. Her research interests are research ethics, genetics and ethics, transplant ethics, and pediatric ethics. She is the author of Children in Medical Research: Access versus Protection, and is working on a book about ethical issues in newborn screening.

Paul Root Wolpe is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He served as the first Chief of Bioethics for NASA, is the co-editor of the American Journal of Bioethics, and sits on numerous editorial boards for journals of medicine and ethics. Dr. Wolpe’s tremendous body of scholarship focuses on the social, religious, and ideological impact of technology on the human condition, and has had a particular impact on the field of neuroethics.

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