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March 24, 2006, 9:00-4:30
March 25, 2006, 9:00-4:00

Jordan Conference Center 2ABC
University of Virginia

This symposium will address the following questions:

  • Would a market increase the supply of transplantable organs?
  • Would it be ethical to institute a market?
  • Are there ethically preferable and feasible alternatives to a market?


  • Jim Childress (Director, Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life)
  • Loren Lomasky (Director, Program in Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law’

The list of distinguished presenters and discussants includes:

  • Richard J. Bonnie (Law, UVA School of Law). Member: IOM Committee on Increasing the Rates of Organ Donation
  • Ken Brayman (Professor of Surgery, UVA)
  • Mark J. Cherry (Philosopher, St. Edwards University). Author: Kidney for Sale by Owner: Human Organs, Transplantation, and the Market (Georgetown University Press, 2005)
  • Julia Mahoney (Lawyer; UVA School of Law). Author: "Should We Adopt a Market Strategy to Increase the Supply of Transplantable Organs? in Wayne Shelton and John Balint, eds., The Ethics of Organ Transplantation (JAI Press, 2001) and "The Market for Human Tissue," 86 Va. L. Rev. 163 (2000).
  • William F. May (Religious Ethics/Bioethics, Emeritus, SMU; Fellow, IPE). Author: classic articles on organ donation/gift
  • Farhat Moazam (Pediatric Surgeon; Muslim Ethicist, Pakistan). Author: forthcoming book on living organ transplantation in Pakistan (Indiana University Press, 2006)
  • Tom Murray (President, The Hastings Center). Author: several articles on organs & tissues as “gifts”
  • Steve Nock (Sociology, UVA)
  • Timothy Pruett (Professor of Surgery, Head of the Division of Transplantation, UVA). Membert of UNOS Ethics Committee.
  • Aaaron Spital (Physician). Author: numerous articles on alternative ways to increase the supply of transplantable organs
  • James Stacy Taylor (Philosopher, The College of New Jersey). Author: Stakes and Kidneys: Why Markets in Human Body Parts are Morally Imperative (Ashgate, 2005)
  • Robert M. Veatch (Bioethicist, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University). Author: Transplantation Ethics (Georgetown, 2000)
  • Keith Wailoo (Historian, Rutgers University). Member: IOM Committee; co-editor: A Death Retold: Jesica Santillan, The Bungled Transplant, and Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship (UNC Press, 2006)

Others, including faculty, staff, students, and members of the public, are also invited and will be participating in the highly interactive symposium. Admission is free.

This symposium is sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics (IPE) and Public Life and the Program of Philosophy, Policy, and Law (PPPL) under a generous grant from BB&T for a Program in Business and Society.

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