The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is meeting today and tomorrow in Chicago (November 5-6, 2012).
At this meeting the Commission will continue exploring issues surrounding how the country should best prepare to protect children in the event of a terrorist attack or other large-scale disaster. At the request of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Commission is proceeding with a careful review of the ethical considerations of conducting clinical trials of medical countermeasures for children.
The meeting will be devoted to expert presentations and roundtable discussions. Guest speakers include: Alan R. Fleischman, M.D. of Yeshiva University; Mary Faith Marshall, Ph.D., F.C.C.M. of the University of Virginia; Georges Benjamin, M.D., Executive Director, American Public Health Association; CAPT Carmen Maher, B.S.N., M.A., R.N., R.A.C., Deputy Director, Office of Counter Terrorism and Emerging Threats at the Food and Drug Administration; Sonja Rasmussen, M.D., M.S., Deputy Director, Influenza Coordination Unit, Office of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Suzet M. McKinney, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Deputy Commissioner, Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response and Division of Women & Children’s Health; and Bruce Lockwood, C.E.M., 1st Vice President, USA Council of International Association of Emergency Managers.