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Annual Conference Addresses Ethical Issues In Genetic Medicine, End of Life Care

Mountain View, CA - September 29, 2009 - El Camino Hospital's Ninth Annual Ethics Conference will feature nationally recognized palliative care and genetics experts discussing the emerging issues of cultural diversity in end of life care; new legislation around life-sustaining treatment; and ethical, cultural and policy issues surrounding genomics medicine. The conference, sponsored by the hospital’s medical ethics committee in conjunction with the El Camino Hospital Genomic Medicine Institute, will be held Saturday, October 10 from 8 to 4 pm at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The fee is $75 ($65 for seniors and students) and includes light breakfast, lunch and breaks.

This year's featured speakers include:

  • V.J. Periyakoil, nationally recognized leader in palliative care: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford and Director of the Stanford/VA Palliative Care Fellowship Program, Director of the VA Nationwide Palliative Care Network.
  • Henry T. Greely, JD, Professor of Law and Professor, by courtesy of Genetics at Stanford; chairs of the California Advisory Committee on Human Stem Cell Research, the steering committee of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, and the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences.
  • Paul Billings, MD, PhD, Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Genomic Medicine Institute at El Camino Hospital. Also serving on federal oversight committees at the Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs. Adjunct Professor, Anthropology at UC Berkeley.
  • Shoshanna Helman MD, Medical Director for Palliative Care at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and O'Connor Hospital, Associate Medical Director for Odyssey Hospice and expert consultant in Palliative Care for the California Healthcare Foundation.

Date: October 10, 2009
Time: 8 am to 4 pm
Location: Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 94301
Fee: $75 ($65 for seniors and students)
To register: Call 800-216-5556

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