Purdue Pugwash conference to focus on social, ethical dimensions of health care advances

March 31, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 2014 Purdue Student Pugwash Midwest Regional Conference will examine social and ethical dimensions in health care advances and disease research.

Scientists from across the nation will convene from 5:15-10:30 p.m. Friday (April 4) and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (April 5) in Stewart Center.

The event is open to the public and presentations are geared to a general audience. Registration is $20. For more information or to register go online to http://www.conf.purdue.edu/pugwash

Nancy Lilly, vice president of marketing and emerging markets at Eli Lilly and Co., is the keynote speaker for the conference, titled "Epidemic Success: Injecting Our Future." At Saturday's keynote session, Lilly will discuss emerging trends in pharmaceuticals and its influences on society.

Lilly's presentation will follow opening remarks by Craig Svensson, dean of the College of Pharmacy, at 1 p.m., and Lilly's presentation will last until 2:30 p.m. in Fowler Hall. A reception will follow in Stewart Center West Foyer.

Other conference events include:

Friday (April 4). Purdue Memorial Union West Faculty Lounge:

* 5:30 p.m. "Bio-Defense." David Sanders, associate professor of biological sciences, Purdue.

* 6:30 p.m. "Advancements in HIV/AIDS Research." Jeffrey Fisher, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut.

* 7:30 p.m. "Public Policy on Smoking and Tobacco." Andrew Hyland, chair of the Department of Health Behavior in the division of cancer prevention and populations sciences at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and director of New York State Smokers' Quitline.

Saturday (April 5)

* 9 a.m. "Taking Action on Behalf of 30 Million Rare Disease Patients." Ronald Bartek, president, director and co-founder of Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance. Fowler Hall.

* 10 a.m. "Social Dimensions of Malaria since the Mid 20th Century: From Eradication to Control and Back." S. Patrick Kachur, chief of the DPDM Malaria Branch. Fowler Hall.

* 1 p.m. Opening remarks and keynote address, "Impacts in Global Drug Development." Nancy Lilly, vice president of marketing and emerging markets at Eli Lilly and Co. Fowler Hall.

* 3 p.m. "Neurodegeneration, Neurotoxicity & Gene-Environment Interactions." Jason Cannon, assistant professor of health sciences and toxicology, Purdue. Stewart Center, Room 310.

* 3 p.m. "Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Radiology." Ulrike Dydak, associate professor of health sciences, Purdue. Stewart Center, Room 314.

* 4:15 p.m. "Emergence of Acute Hepatitis C in Young Indiana Residents." Brittany Gross, viral hepatitis prevention coordinator, Indiana State Department of Health. Fowler Hall.

* 5:15 p.m. "A Risk Factor for Obesity? Findings and Debates on Monosodium glutamate (MSG)." Ka He, chair and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. Indiana University, Bloomington. Fowler Hall.

The event is based on the Pugwash Conference on World Affairs, which was founded in 1957 on the Russel-Einstein Manifesto. The purpose was a call for scientists to remember their humanity as they pushed forward with new discoveries and technologies. Purdue Student Pugwash is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the socially responsible application of science and technology. Additional information is available at http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~pugwash

Writer: Elizabeth K. Gardner, 765-494-2081, ekgardner@purdue.ed

Source: Rachel Svetanoff, president of the Purdue Student Pugwash Organization

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