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Symposium examines the politics of biomedical research, March 28

Leading scholars in science, public policy and law will convene for a symposium, "The Politics of Biomedical Research: Issues, Information Flows and Policymaking," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 28, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Panelists will examine significant changes in biomedical research since the advent of the Human Genome Project in 1989. Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman, one of the architects of the national effort to map the human genome, will speak on "The Role of Universities in Biomedical Research."

Other participants from Princeton will include President Emeritus Harold T. Shapiro; faculty members Lee Silver, Larry Bartels, Elizabeth Armstrong, Michael Rothschild and Leon Rosenberg; and Valerie Hunt, a visiting professor.

Additional speakers will include Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, and scholars from Cornell University, Stanford University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Washington.

The symposium will be divided into three main topics: "Biomedical Research and the Politics of Inequality," "Values and the Battle Over Issues in Genomics Research" and "The Future and Prospects of Biomedical Research."

The event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy , both research units in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit the symposium's Web site or e-mail the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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