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Brain Death and the Controversial Case of Jahi McMath
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
MCPHS University*


Description Speaker
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. A brief summary of the case Robert Truog, MD, moderator
  A neurologist's view D. Alan Shewmon, MD
  A bioethicist's view Arthur L. Caplan, PhD
  A social scientist's view Michele Goodwin, JD


Thursday, April 12, 2018
Joseph Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

Time Description Speaker
7:45 – 8:30 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast  
8:30 – 8:50 a.m.  Welcome Robert Truog, MD
  The clinical diagnosis of brain death Galen Henderson, MD
8:50 – 10:15 a.m. The Harvard Report: 1968  
  Introduction Mildred Solomon, EdD, moderator
  Historical reflections on the Harvard Committee Gary Belkin, MD, MPH, PhD
  Comments from Invited Guests Everett Mendelsohn, PhD
  The Harvard Beecher Archives Scott Podolsky, MD
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Break  
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Brain Death: 1968-2018 Christine Mitchell, RN, MS, MTS, moderator
  The 1981 President's Commission and the UDDA Alexander Capron, LLB
Daniel Wikler, PhD
  Brain death: historical and philosophical reflections Robert Veatch, PhD
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch  
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Is brain death a coherent and justified concept for determining death? Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD, moderator
    Yes - James L. Bernat, MD
No - D. Alan Shewmon, MD
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break  
2:45 – 5:00 p.m. Brain Death and the Law

Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD, moderator

  Hard cases and legal challenges Thaddeus Pope, PhD, JD
  Brain death and the law: international perspectives Pablo de Lora, PhD
  Separating Determination from Declaration Robert Tasker, MBBS, MD
  Is Informed Consent necessary before brain death testing? No - David Greer, MD
Yes - Robert Truog, MD

Friday, April 13, 2018
Joseph Martin Conference Center
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

Time Description Speaker
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Using the other half of the UDDA: Determining death by circulatory criteria

Mildred Solomon, EdD, moderator
  Determining death: scientific aspects Sam Shemie, MD
  The controlled DCDD donor Francis Delmonico, MD
  The uncontrolled DCDD donor Ivan Ortega-Deballon, PhD, LLB, NP
  Are DCD donors dead?  Yes - James L. Bernat, MD
No - Ari Joffe, MD
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break  
10:45 – 12:15 p.m. Defining death and public policy Robert Truog, MD, moderator
  Individual choice in definitions of death Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD
  Death as a "legal fiction" Seema Shah, JD
  Religious views on the definition of death Courtney Campbell, PhD
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch  
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. The Dead Donor Rule Lainie Friedman Ross, MD, PhD, moderator
  The dead donor rule: ethical and legal foundations David Magnus, PhD
  A critique of the dead donor rule David Rodriguez-Arias, PhD
  The dead donor rule: public perceptions and attitudes Michael Nair-Collins, PhD
2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break  
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. The Future of Transplantation: Organs without human donors Robert Truog, MD, moderator
  Genetically modified organs from pigs and human stem cells George Church, PhD
  The Other Animal of Transplant’s Future Lesley Sharp, PhD
  Ethics of innovation Sheila Jasanoff, JD, PhD

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Brain Death and the Controversial Case of Jahi McMath
Brain Death and the Controversial Case of Jahi McMath