Dialogues in Research Ethics Presents: "The Business of Bodies: Regulations and Ethics for Human Tissue Use"
Join us for Dialogues in Research Ethics by Thomas Champney, Ph.D., associate professor of cell biology, who will discuss “The Business of Bodies: Regulations and Ethics for Human Tissue Use” at noon on Friday, April 20, in the Clinical Research Building, room 692. Dr. Champney will address a number of issues, including whether all human tissues should be treated equally, whether informed consent should be required for donated tissue, and whether HIPAA laws should cover cadavers.
In the past the use of cadavers for teaching and research was culturally taboo, and convicted criminals were publicly dissected to add to their punishment. With the establishment of medical schools, a demand for human tissue increased and a trade in grave robbing developed to meet this demand. This in turn led to laws for the acquisition and use of human cadavers. Recent controversies, including public “plastination” displays and unregulated selling of human materials, have led to a re-examination of the ethics and regulations behind the use of human tissue.
Please bring a lunch. No RSVP is required to attend. For more information, visit www.miami.edu/index.php/ethics/projects/dialogues_in_research_ethics/.