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Brunch and Learn: Ethical Frontiers in Medical Technology

Posted by cbdyag on April 16, 2009

Brunch and Learn: Ethical Frontiers in Medical Technology
Sunday, April 19, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Congregation Beth David, 19700 Prospect Road, Saratoga, Ca

Brunch provided

Speaker: Michael Sinensky, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus, E. Tennessee State University

Ethical Frontiers in Medical Technology Advances in medical technology over the last thirty years have pushed the boundaries of our understanding of human life. Within Jewish thought there has been concern about beginning and end of life issues. Besides these concerns, a broader discussion among some biomedical ethicists has taken place regarding the disturbing redefinition of human individuality by the potentially limitless power of new biomedical technologies to intervene in natural human processes. Dr. Sinensky will illustrate these areas of concern by discussing the social and ethical implications of recent and anticipated advances in molecular, biological, and genetic medical technologies.

About the Speaker
Bronx-born Michael Sinensky received an A.B. from Columbia College in 1966 and a Ph.D. from the Harvard University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 1971. He was a member of the Harvard University Society of Fellows 1971-1974, Professor of Biochemistry and Pathology at the University of Colorado College of Medicine 1974-1995, and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at the East Tennessee State University J. H. Quillen College of Medicine 1995-2007, where he is now Professor Emeritus. His research interests include molecular mechanisms of human diseases involving cholesterol and related molecules. His current research is on the cellular mechanisms of human aging. He was a research assistant for biomedical ethicist Leon Kass at the National Research Council in 1972 and has taught medical students about the technical and ethical interface from a Jewish perspective. Dr. Sinensky recently moved to San Jose, where he joined his wife Michal Strutin as a member of Congregation Beth David.


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