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March 11, 2004

Bioethicist To Speak At UI March 31

E. Haavi Morreim, Ph.D., professor of bioethics at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, will give two lectures March 31 at the University of Iowa.

Morreim will discuss, "Protecting the Subject in Cutting-Edge Research: The AbioCor Artificial Heart Trial," beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 31. At 10 a.m. she will present, "The Special Twists of Device Research and Medical Innovation: Lessons from the AbioCor Artificial Heart Trial." Both lectures will be in Medical Alumni Auditorium, room 301-GH, at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

For more than 20 years, initially at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then at the University of Tennessee, Morreim has done clinical teaching and consulting in medical ethics. She also chairs the Independent Patient Advocacy Council, which was created to serve subjects enrolled in the AbioCor artificial heart trial. Morreim is on the editorial board of several journals, including IRB: Ethics and Human Research, and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

Morreim is the author of two books and more than 100 publications in journals of law, medicine, and ethics, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Archives of Internal Medicine, California Law Review and Hastings Center Report, as well as the Wall Street Journal. Her first book, "Balancing Act: The New Medical Ethics of Medicine's New Economics," first appeared in 1991 and was republished in paperback by Georgetown University Press in 1995. Her latest book, "Holding Health Care Accountable: Law and the New Medical Marketplace," was published by Oxford University Press in 2001.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Nursing continuing education credits are available to those who attend both lectures.

Morreim's visit is part of the UI Human Subjects Office 2004 Speaker Series, which features national leaders in the field of human research protection. For more information, visit the UI Human Subjects Office Web site at

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