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Access Denied: Medicine, Trust, and Experimental Treatment

Access Denied: Medicine, Trust, and Experimental Treatment
Northrop Frye Hall Room 3
Time: Mar 14th, 7:00 pm End: Mar 14th, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Sociology (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Psychology, Psychiatry, Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Law, Faculty of , History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Ethics, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Fourth lecture and panel discussion in the Science and its Publics series

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs and the Situating Science Knowledge Cluster present Part 4 of the Science and its Publics National Lecture Series, a multi-part series examining the roles of the public in the translation and understanding of the knowledge of science:
LIVE STREAMED AT www.ccepa.ca

Monday, March 14, 2011, 7 pm, 
Northrop Frye Hall Room 3, 
Victoria College, University of Toronto

Do patients with advanced disease have a right to new and unproven medications? Patient advocates in HIV, cancer, and most recently, multiple sclerosis, have pressed for easing access to experimental therapies. Yet, such efforts come in direct conflict with policies that protect patients from fraudulent or unwarranted health claims. In this public forum, we will examine the intersections of science, patient self-determination, and patient protection.

This event marks the fourth part of a multi-part national series on Science and its Publics created by the Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster, (www.situsci.ca) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, (www.ccepa.ca).


  • Dr. Jonathan Kimmelman, Associate Professor, Biomedical Ethics Unit, Social Studies of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine McGill University
  • Dr. Kerry Bowman, Bioethicist, University of Toronto and Clinical Ethicist, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto
  • Dr. Samuel Ludwin, Neuropathologist, Board Member, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen’s University
  • Dr. Anthony Lang, Senior Scientist, Division of Patient Based Clinical Research, Toronto Western Research Institute and Jack Clark Chair, University of Toronto Centre for Research

This presentation is supported by the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, York University Neuroscience Program, and the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto
Free admission 
Reception to follow

About the Science and its Publics Lecture Series:

"Our economy, society and daily life is increasingly shaped by science and technology, yet the juicy details of those conversations are often only heard behind the closed doors of experts."  That's according to Situating Science Director, Dr. Gordon McOuat, co-creator of the national Science and Its Publics lecture series. McOuat says "by looking at how scientists communicate with one another, their objects and the outside world, we might spark a dialogue about public engagement, the place of expertise, ethics and the communication of science and technology to the Canadian public."  For more on the Lecture Series, please visit http://www.situsci.ca and http://www.ccepa.ca.
About Situating Science:
Created in 2007 with the generous funding of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Strategic Knowledge Cluster grant, Situating Science is a seven-year project promoting communication and collaboration among humanists and social scientists that are engaged in the study of science and technology. More information is available at http://www.situsci.ca
About CCEPA:
CCEPA is a joint initiative of the Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and provides an arena for critical thinking, public discussion and research into current ethical challenges in our society.  For further information, please visit: www.ccepa.ca. Links to all video presentations can be viewed here: http://www.ccepa.ca/video.html

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For further information, please contact:
Emily Tector
Project Coordinator
Situating Science
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Rd
Halifax  NS  B3H 2A1
Phone: (902) 422-1271, ext. 200
Fax: (902) 423-3357
Muna Salloum
Business Manager and Executive Assistant to the Director
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
91 Charles St. West, Room 316, Victoria College
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
Phone:  416-978-5131
Fax:  416-978-3003
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If you have an accommodation need for a planned meeting, please email Muna Salloum to make appropriate arrangements.

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