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Press Release: New Society On Bioethics Organized At DeSales
Date: 10/13/2003


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New Society On Bioethics Organized At DeSales

The Baranzano Society, a group of 14 scholars and medical and corporate professionals, has been established at DeSales University to explore issues in the field of bioethics through the use of both scientific knowledge and religious insight. Members of the Society will address questions of contemporary concern and controversy in areas such as stem cell research, cloning, embryo adoption, fetal research, human growth and development, and life-sustaining treatments.

The work of the Baranzano Society is sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales and is funded through a three-year matching grant from the Metanexus Institute on Science and Religion. Father Thomas Dailey, OSFS, serves as director of the Salesian Center.

Members of the Society include university professors and students, medical practitioners, legal scholars, and corporate professionals. The group is led by the Rev. Peter J. Leonard, OSFS, a molecular biologist at DeSales. Other members include: Stephen Lammers, professor in the religious studies department at Lafayette College and editor of the award-winning textbook, On Moral Medicine; Brian Misanko, professor of biology and director of the nuclear medicine program at Cedar Crest College; Michael Raposa, professor of religion studies at Lehigh University; and Brian Kane, associate professor of ethics at DeSales University and a member of the institutional review board for Lehigh Valley Hospital.

Physician members of the society include Dr. George Isajiw, past president of the Catholic Medical Association and Dr. Minh Nguyen, a cardiologist with the St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network.

Companies whose work impacts upon bioethical areas are represented, including Merck Research Labs and the Schering-Plough Corporation, as are professional organizations like the Family research Council and the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

During the 2003 - 2004 academic year, the Society will create electronic resources for discussion of bioethical issues and also sponsor "Talking Circle," a series of roundtable discussions open to the public that will focus on particular questions of concern. At the first meeting, to be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, November 10, at DeSales, members will address the enormous increase in the marketing and use of a wide variety of drugs in our nation. They will explore the promise and perils of the pharmaceutical industry, in answer to the question of whether or not pills are the remedy to all our ills.

The Society is named after John Anthony Baranzano, a 17th century Barnabite priest and physicist, whom Francis de Sales publicly defended against church reprobation in his teaching on the Copernican theory and other ideas of Galileo.

For more information on The Baranzano Society, call the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University (610) 282-1100, ext. 1464 or visit the Web site at www4.desales.edu/SCFC.


Press Release: New Society On Bioethics Organized At DeSales | Posted on: 10/13/2003

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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