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Center for Drug Discovery to hold seminar with Emory bioethicist

The UGA Center for Drug Discovery is sponsoring a special interdisciplinary seminar April 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 201 of the Pharmacy South building. Open to the university community, the seminar will be preceded by a reception from 2:30-3:15 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Pharmacy South. The speaker for the seminar is Paul R. Wolpe, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics at Emory University. He will give a presentation titled “Prediction and Prodrome: Ethics of Medicine as a Risk Management System.”

A professor in the departments of medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and sociology, Wolpe also is director of Emory’s Center for Ethics. In addition, he serves as the first senior bioethicist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he is responsible for formulating policy on bioethical issues and safeguarding research subjects.

A futurist interested in social dynamics, Wolpe’s work focuses on the social, religious, ethical and ideological impact of technology on the human condition. Considered one of the founders of the field of neuroethics, which examines the ethical implications of neuroscience, Wolpe also writes about other emerging technologies, such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, prosthetics and new reproductive technologies.