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"Stem Cell Research: A Confrontation of Science and Ethics"

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James F. Battey, Jr.     NIH and Stem Cells
James F. Battey, Jr. received his Bachelors of Science degree in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1974. He received an M.D. and Ph. D. in Biophysics from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1980. After receiving training in Pediatrics, he pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in Genetics at Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of Dr. Philip Leder. Since completing his postdoctoral fellowship in 1983, he has held a variety of positions at the National Institutes of Health, serving in the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Currently he is the Director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and also serves as the Chair, NIH Stem Cell Task Force. He has been married for 22 years to Frances Battey, and has two sons, Michael and JJ.

Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH     Curriculum Vitae     AMA Stem Cell Research
Jeffrey Kahn is the Maas (pronounced Mace) Family Chair in Bioethics, and Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. He is also Professor of Medicine, and holds additional faculty appointments in the University’s Medical School, School of Public Health, and Department of Philosophy.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1996, Dr. Kahn was Director of the Graduate Program in Bioethics and Assistant Professor of Bioethics, at the Medical College of Wisconsin. From April 1994 to October 1995, he was Associate Director of the White House Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments. The Committee's work culminated in the publication of a thousand page report, published in book form by Oxford University Press under the title The Human Radiation Experiments (1996). Dr. Kahn works in a variety of areas of bioethics, exploring the intersection of ethics and public health policy, including research ethics, ethics and genetics, and ethical issues in public health. His degrees are in microbiology (BA, UCLA, 1983); health policy (MPH, Johns Hopkins, 1988); and philosophy/bioethics (PhD, Georgetown, 1989). He has published over 75 articles in both the bioethics and medical literature. Dr. Kahn has served on numerous state and federal advisory panels, and speaks nationally and internationally on a range of bioethics topics. His most recent book is entitled Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research, published by Oxford University Press. From 1998-2002 he also wrote the bi-weekly column “Ethics Matters” on

Sean Tipton     Legislating on the Cutting Edge of Science

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