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Inaugural Barmes Lecture
Ethicist Caplan To Give Talk on Global Health, Oct. 22

NIDCR and the Fogarty International Center will co-host the inaugural David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on Monday, Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Natcher Auditorium. The lecture honors Barmes, a special expert in international health in the NIDCR Office of International Health, who died on Jan. 13, 2001. The guest speaker is Dr. Arthur Caplan, trustee professor and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He will speak about "Ethical Issues on the Biomedical Frontier," and will explore such topics as cloning, stem cell research and new reproductive technologies.

Dr. Arthur Caplan

Caplan is an internationally known bioethicist whose work has focused on medical ethics and ethics in science and biotechnology. In addition to his position at the Bioethics Center, he is also a professor in the department of philosophy and the department of psychiatry in the university's school of medicine.

Caplan is the author or editor of more than 20 books and over 500 papers in journals of medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics and health policy. His latest books include Ethics and Organ Transplants and Am I My Brother's Keeper? He is a frequent commentator in the media on the topic of bioethics and writes a regular column for

He has served on a number of national and international committees, including the DHHS advisory committee on blood safety and availability, which he currently chairs. He has also served on the presidential advisory committee on Gulf War veterans' illnesses, a special advisory committee to the international Olympic committee on genetics and gene therapy, and the special advisory panel of the National Institute of Mental Health on human experimentation on vulnerable subjects.

A native of Boston, Caplan received a B.A. from Brandeis University and did his graduate work at Columbia University where he received an M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D.

Prior to joining Penn in 1994, he taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University. From 1984 to 1987, he was associate director of the Hastings Center, an independent research organization that addresses ethical issues in health and medicine.

He holds six honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the New York Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. He won the McGovern Medal from the American Medical Writers Association in 1998.

All NIH'ers are invited to attend the lecture and the reception for the speaker afterward.

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