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McDonald Merrill Ketcham Lecture/Award

Speaker: Karen H. Rothenberg, Marjorie Cook Professor of Law, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law


This year's McDonald Merrill Ketcham Lecture and Award: "Setting the Stage: Enhancing Understanding of Bioethical Challenges with Theater," will be presented by Karen H. Rothenberg, Marjorie Cook Professor of Law, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law. The Award Lecture on February 7 will be followed by a panel discussion of experts in bioethics, theater, and medical humanities. 1.0 hour of Indiana CLE credit.

Note: There will also be Grand Rounds at the IU School of Medicine on February 8 (see info at bottom of page).

About the Keynote Speaker:

Professor Karen H. RothenbergKaren H. Rothenberg, J.D., M.P.A., is the Marjorie Cook Professor of Law, founding Director of the Law & Health Care Program, and served as Dean of the University of Maryland School of Law from 1999-2009.

In 2012, Professor Rothenberg was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Director on Genomics & Society, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health (NHGRI/NIH), having served last academic year as Special Advisor to the NHGRI Director. Since the 2011-2012 academic year she has also been a Visiting Scholar, Department of Bioethics, NIH’s Clinical Center.

In addition to her work on a variety of genetic policy issues, her current research includes studying the use of theatre as an innovative tool to identify and encourage discussion of the unique ethical, legal and social issues posed by emerging technologies in health care. During 2009-2010, she was a Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia Law School and a Senior Sabbatical Fellow at its Center for the Study of Law and Culture. She is also Visiting Professor at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.

Professor Rothenberg is a leading national expert on legal issues in health care. Over the last two decades she has focused her research primarily on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic testing and research, including the legislative approaches to genetic information in the health insurance and employment context, the impact of genetic research on racial and ethnic populations and women’s health care, and the use of genetic information in the courtroom. Professor Rothenberg is co-editor of the book Women and Prenatal Testing: Facing the Challenges of Genetic Technology and co-author of five articles on genetics and public policy that have been published in the journal Science, the most recent of which is “Judging Genes: When Should Judges Admit or Compel Genetic Tests?” Her other numerous publications cover diverse research interests including the role of gender in health care, AIDS, research ethics, the right to forego treatment, emergency care, and new reproductive technologies. She has testifi ed before federal and state legislatures on a wide range of issues, including the U.S. House of Representatives’ Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Professor Rothenberg has served on the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission since itsinception in 2006 (Chair from 2008-2010) and Co-Chaired the 2009 World Stem Cell Summit. She is a past president of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics and former co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. During sabbaticals and IPA leaves from the law school, she has worked at the NIH in the Office of Research on Women’s Health, the National Institute for Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) and NHGRI. She has served on the NICHD Institutional Review Board and has been a member of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, the National Action Plan for Breast Cancer, and numerous NIH panels on prenatal care, the recruitment and retention of women in clinical studies, and the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics.

She received both a B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University and an M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.

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