Wagner goes to Washington

Emory President James Wagner

Well, not literally. But in November, Emory University President James Wagner was tapped by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve as vice chairman of a new Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann will serve as chair of the commission.

The group will advise President Obama on bioethical issues that emerge from advances in biomedicine, science, and technology. Its goal is to identify and promote policies and practices to ensure that scientific research, health care delivery, and technologic innovation are conducted ethically and responsibly.

“As our nation invests in science and innovation and pursues advances in biomedical research and health care, it’s imperative that we do so in a responsible manner,” President Obama said in a White House announcement. “This new commission will develop its recommendations through practical and policy-related analyses. I am confident that Amy and Jim will use their decades of experience in both ethics and science to guide the new commission in this work.”

Stay tuned for more developments on the new commission.

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