FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2010
CONTACT: ERIKA MARZORATI
MSU Colleges of Law and Human Medicine Team Up for “Assisted Reproductive Technologies” Symposium
East Lansing, MI — Leading experts will discuss medical and legal issues associated with the expanding usage of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) to create families in a symposium to be held at Michigan State University College of Law on Friday, October 1.
The “Legal and Bioethical Foundations of Assisted Reproductive Technologies” symposium is jointly sponsored by MSU Law and the MSU College of Human Medicine. It will focus on the medical basics of ART, health outcomes for children conceived using ART, bioethical implications of ART, the changing legal definition of family as a result of the use of ART, and a discussion of how and when ART should be regulated.
The event marks the first-ever joint symposium by the two colleges. “We’re very excited about this opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues at the College of Human Medicine,” said MSU Law Professor Melanie B. Jacobs, a leading scholar on legal issues surrounding the establishment of parent/child relationships who helped organize the event. “By exploring the important issues at the intersection of family law and medicine, students in both colleges will gain a better perspective about the implications of Assisted Reproductive Technologies.”
In addition to Jacobs, the symposium will feature:
- Paul G. Arshagouni, MD, MPH, professor at MSU College of Law
- Richard E. Leach, MD, professor and chair at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the MSU College of Human Medicine
- Barbara Luke, ScD, MPH, professor at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and the Department of Epidemiology at the MSU College of Human Medicine
- Thomas Tomlinson, director of the MSU Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
The event, which is free and open to the entire MSU community, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MSU College of Law Castle Board Room.
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