Thursday, September 06, 2007

Bioethics Lecture September 11


Sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Health Law and

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences – Magee Women’s Hospital

September 11, 2007

“The Disposition Decision: How Post-IVF Couples Decide What To Do With Their Surplus Frozen Embryos”

Robert Nachtigall, MD

Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

University of California – San Francisco

12:00-1:00 p.m.

G-20 School of Law

3900 Forbes Avenue

Ground Floor

Summary: The widespread utilization of IVF technology has had an unforeseen consequence – the accumulation of over 400,000 unused frozen embryos. As a result, thousands of couples are faced with the dilemma of what to do with their surplus frozen embryos, i.e., the disparity of the potential embryo used and outcomes: they can be used by the couple in further attempts to conceive; they can be “donated” to other infertile couples who wish to have a child; they can be used in medical research; they can be destroyed; or they can be stored indefinitely. Dr. Nachtigall will discuss the disposition decision.

This lecture is free and open to the public. No reservation is needed.

This course is presented in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. It has been approved by the PA Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 hour of substantive CLE credit. Participants register and pay $25 at the door. Checks should be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. For further information, contact Matt Moon at 412-648-1320.


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