Emory President Named to Bioethics Commission

December 08, 2009

ATLANTA (UMNS) - President Barack Obama has named Emory University President James W. Wagner vice chair for a new commission on bioethics.


The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will advise Obama on issues that may emerge from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology.  The commission's goal is to ensure scientific research, health care delivery and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner.


Wagner has championed the role of ethics at the United Methodist-related university by enhancing the prominence of Emory's Center for Ethics and including ethical engagement as one of the six pillars of the university's strategic vision.  Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, will serve as chair of the bioethics commission.