2019 AER Conference
Steven Joffe, MD, MPH
Interim Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Founders Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
In honor of The Hastings Center’s 50th anniversary, this panel will compare and contrast 21st century biomedical technologies with those of the mid-20th century, when the field of bioethics was just forming. This panel will explore historical continuities and discontinuities, and consider challenges to oversight across the contemporary research enterprise, from discovery to post-trial monitoring, including comparative effectiveness research and other modes of continuous learning. Panelists will consider the roles bioethicists, scientists, healthcare leaders, patients, and the public should play in ensuring today’s powerful, transformative technologies—including artificial intelligence, gene editing, human-animal chimeras, emerging neuro-technologies, and more—enhance our collective human flourishing.