The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University will initiate one of the more candid discussions about the anticipated benefits and ethical challenges of the Human Genome Project when it presents the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize to the former project director.
Francis S. Collins, who has led the Human Genome Project since 1993, will give a free lecture followed by broad conversation with faculty in anthropology and bioethics, as well as genetics, from 1 to 3:15 p.m., September 4 in Severance Hall. In addition, the audience will be invited to comment and ask questions of Collins and the faculty panelists. The lecture and symposium are free and open to the public. Dress is business attire.
Joining Collins in the symposium and conversation will be Cynthia Beall, Ph.D., the S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology and professor of anatomy and global health at Case Western Reserve; Eric Juengst, Ph.D., professor of bioethics at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and director of the university's Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law; and Georgia Wiesner, M.D., associate professor of genetics and medicine at the medical school and director of the Center for Human Genetics at Case Medical Center, a partnership between the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland.
The Inamori Ethics Prize ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. in Severance Hall. Tickets to the prize ceremony are $25. Case Western Reserve students can attend for free. Tickets can be purchased through the Severance Hall box office by phone at (216) 231-1111. Dress is business attire or black tie.
Information about Collins and the Inamori Ethics Prize, as well as the new Inamori Center director, Shannon E. French, and the July issue of the center's newsletter, is available online. The newsletter also examines the act of listening and its value in the decision-making processes of good leaders.
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