CU to Hold Bioethics Conference

CU to Hold Bioethics Conference

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

October 16, 2007

Cedarville, Ohio-At a quiet university in a small town, ordinary people will grapple with some of the biggest issues in modern society. Led by bioethics experts Dr. Dennis Sullivan and Matthew Eppinette, attendees at the thirteenth annual Conference on Bioethical Issues at Cedarville University will be challenged to deepen their understanding of current bioethical topics.

“The theme this year is ‘Cutting-Edge Issues in Bioethics,’” shares Sullivan. “Attendees should come away with a better awareness of current bioethics controversies, as well as better preparation to give biblical answers.” The conference will address a wide variety of current debates such as abortion, stem cell research, cloning, Hollywood bioethics and transhumanism.

Sullivan, a Beavercreek resident, serves as professor of biology at Cedarville University. His research and writing interests include biomedical ethics, cross-cultural medicine and exercise physiology. He most recently received an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University. He is a former medical missionary, a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery (1992) and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (1996). He is also a current member of organizations such as the American Medical Association, the Christian Medical Association, and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.

Eppinette, communications director of Americans United for Life, will be the keynote speaker for both days. He has published articles in journals such as Ethics and Medicine and Industrial Management and Data Systems, and has also authored a book chapter on transhumanism in the book Everyday Theology: How to Read Texts and Interpret Trends.

The conference is co-sponsored by Mount Vernon Nazarene University and will be held at Cedarville University on October 25 and 26. Sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. The Thursday sessions are free and open to the public, but Friday sessions are by registration only. The registration costs are $15 for the general public and $10 for students. The registration deadline for the Friday sessions is October 22. Learn more online or call 937-766-7573.