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Tuesday 24th May at the University of Chester
The conference explored key issues in medical ethics with important implications for our understanding of the boundary between human and non-human animals.
Key issues included: the use of non-human animals in the development of pharmaceuticals for medical treatment, the use of such animals for organ transplants (xenotransplantation) and the creation of non-human/human animal chimeras for medical research purposes. A distinguished international programme of plenary speakers and respondents explored three aspects of these questions, with opportunity for debate and discussion. All with an interest in these issues were welcome.
Theme 1: Crossing Species Boundaries
Keynote: Dr. Robert Song (Durham University)
Respondents: Professor Johan de Tavernier (KU Louvain); Professor Celia Deane-Drummond (University of Chester) and Dr Aaron Gross (University of San Diego, USA).
Theme 2: Chimeras
Keynote: Dr David Albert Jones (Director, The Anscombe Bioethics Centre)
Respondents: Dr Neil Messer (University of Winchester); Dr Jan Jans (University of Tilberg, The Netherlands); Dr Deborah Jones (Catholic Circle for Animal Welfare).
Theme 3: Compassion
Keynote: Sr. Dr. Margaret Atkins
Respondents: Dr. Kurt Remele (Austria); Professor Stephen Clark (University of Liverpool); Dr Peter Scott
The conference was preceded by a three-day conference, 'Animals as Religious Subjects'.