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Creighton to host Catholic view of stem-cell research forum

Two of the nation's leading health ethicists will speak about the Catholic church's perspective on stem-cell research Sept. 27 during a community forum sponsored by the Creighton University Center for Health Policy and Ethics.

The 6:30-8:30 p.m. event will be held in room 217 of the C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Health Sciences building, located near 27th and Burt streets.

The forum will feature Father Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, Ph.D., holder of the Dr. David Lauler Chair in Catholic Health Care Ethics and a research associate professor in the department of oncology at Georgetown University, and Ron Hamel, Ph.D., senior director of ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

FitzGerald will speak on "Stem Cell Research: A Catholic Response" and Hamel on "The Lure of Embryonic Stem Cells: What Should Catholic Health Care Do?"

FitzGerald frequently speaks and is interviewed on such topics as human genetic engineering, cloning, stem-cell research and the Human Genome Project.

He also is a consultant to the March of Dimes ethics committee and the United States Catholic Conference. FitzGerald is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.

Hamel, who holds a doctorate in theological ethics from Fordham University, has lectured widely to health care professionals and written numerous articles on health care ethics.

A former member of the Health Care Ethics Commission of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Hamel is a fellow with the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.

He also received the prestigious Kevin O'Rourke award from the Gateway Catholic Ethics Network in St. Louis, Mo., in 2001 for his contributions to Catholic health care ethics.

The forum is free to the public, but advance registration is required online at http://chpe.creighton.edu/register2.htm.

For more information call 280-2017.

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