For those of you who have heard me issue calls for dialogue (not debate) on the subject of research with non-human animals -- especially if you're in the Los Angeles area -- I'm pleased to announce that there's an event coming up in February that's aimed at fostering just such a dialogue, in the three-dimensional world. Here's the announcement:
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Perspectives on the Science and Ethics of Animal-Based Research
UCLA, Covel Commons, 6pm-8:30pm, February 16th, 2010
With the goal of opening an on-going dialogue between individuals who are in favor or opposed to the use of animals in biomedical research, Bruins for Animals and Pro-Test for Science will be hosting a panel discussion on this complex topic. The
event is open to those who want to engage in a civil, intellectually honest discussion on issues about which people hold passionate, differing opinions.
Three panelists on each side will briefly present their personal views on the topic, followed by moderator-driven discussion that will be responsive to questions submitted by the audience.
The event will be moderated by David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times.
The panel participants are:
Janet D. Stemwedel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy, San Jose State University.
Professor Stemwedel will discuss her views about the ethical issues around animal use in scientific research.
Ray Greek, M.D.
President of Americans for Medical Advancement
Dr. Greek will discuss his views about the use of animals to predict human response.
Colin Blakemore, FMedSci FRS
Professor of Neuroscience, Oxford University
Professor Blakemore will discuss his views on the role of animal research in medicine and public health.
Lawrence Hansen, M.D.
Professor of Neurosciences and Pathology, University of California, San Diego
Dr. Hansen will discuss his views about the use of animals in basic research.
Dario L. Ringach, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor Ringach will present is views on the role of basic science in driving medical advancement and knowledge.
Robert Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Chico
Professor Jones will discuss the philosophical and ethical implications of using nonhuman animals as subjects in medical and
Of course, doing dialogue is challenging, so I can't promise that this one will be perfect. But I reckon it might be a serious step in the right direction.