30 April 2007

Reproductive technology conference in British Columbia, Canada

Courtesy of the Infertility Network:

An International Conference on New Reproductive & Genetic Technologies (NRGTs)
Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.
May 24-26, 2007
Info/Register: http://www.mala.ca/nrgt

Conference Themes
* NRGTs and the Rights of Children & Families
* Global Issues in NRGTs
* NRGTs & the Arts
* Feminist Perspectives on NRGTs
* Current Medical Perspectives on NRGTs
* NRGTs & the Practical Philosopher
* NRGTs & the Law

Speakers and delegates from all over the world are gathering to critically consider legal, legislative and medical issues related to the development and implementation of new reproductive and genetic technologies. This conference is attracting the attention of academics, researchers, scientists, physicians, counselors, policy makers/analysts, activists, lawyers, philosophers, ethicists, students, individuals with lived experience and adult children conceived by NRGTs.

Speakers (from Canada, USA, UK, New Zealand, Netherlands & Israel) include:
  • Dr. Elinor Wilson (President) & Dr. John Hamm (Chairperson), Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (AHRC)

  • Maureen McTeer, Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa; lawyer specializing in law, science & public policy; author; member of the Royal Commission on NRGTs

  • Louise Vandelac, PhD, Professor, Dept of Sociology & Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Quebec (Montreal)

  • Eric Blyth, Professor of Social Work, University of Huddersfield, UK; researcher, author & policy consultant to governments, professional & patient organizations on the psychosocial aspects of donor conception

  • Dr. Jeff Nisker, Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western Ontario; former co-chair, Health Canada Advisory Committee on NRGTs

  • Mikki Morrissette, author, 'Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman's Guide'; editor, 'Behind Closed Doors: Moving Beyond Secrecy & Shame' [in donor conception]

  • Marcy Darnovsky, PhD, Center for Genetics & Society, Oakland, CA

  • Elizabeth Marquardt, PhD, Institute of American Values; author, 'The Revolution in Parenthood: The Emerging global clash between Adult Rights & ChildrenĀ¹s Needs'

  • Juliet Guichon, PhD, Office of Medical Bioethics, University of Calgary; researcher on surrogacy for the Canadian Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies

  • Donor offspring, parents & former donors

The program includes the following film & theatre productions:
* 'A Child on Her Mind', a play by Jeffrey Nisker & Vangie Bergum, Canada
* 'All in One Basket', a film about egg donation by Lauren Berliner, USA
* 'Playing Up Citizen Involvement: An Experiential Workshop in the use of
Theatre for Policy Development'

The Infertility Network can be contacted at the following:
160 Pickering Street
Toronto ON M4E 3J7


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