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The Thomas Pitts Lectureship, now in its 22nd year, has explored a wide range of bioethical issues, each year inclining toward one of its many interfaces: clinical-bioethical, legal-bioethical, social-bioethical, and policy-bioethical. This year’s conference, entitled “Controversies in Clinical Research Ethics," leans toward the clinical-bioethical as it explores issues related to current issues in clinical research ethics.

This year’s faculty is particularly outstanding.  The twelve speakers are nationally and internationally respected thinkers and writers on the specific topics they address.  As the Institute has done with the previous Pitts Lectureships, the proceedings of this conference will be published as a symposium in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics. 





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Thomas Antley Pitts, II, M.D. (1893-1991)