Dr. Baruch Brody, director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, will be the featured speaker at West Virginia University’s Applied Ethics Day Thursday, Sept. 22.

Brody, a nationally regarded scholar in the field of bioethics, will discuss”Patents on Pharmaceuticals: Balancing Private Incentives with Public Needs for Affordable Access,”at 2 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Room 1107 (Health Sciences North, Evansdale campus).

Hell also speak onEthical Issues in Pharmaceutical Researchat 8 p.m. in Room 459 of the College of Business and Economics Building.

Applied Ethics Day began here in 1998 as an effort to identify areas of research focus in ethical issues as related to human genetics, the environment, public administration, engineering, journalism and business.

In addition to his appointment at Baylor, Brody also serves as the Andrew Mellow Professor of Humanities at Rice University and as Director of Ethics at The Methodist Hospital in Houston.

He is also head of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for NASA ’s Pre-Breath protocols, while leading the coordinating committee for the”Altering Nature”study funded by the Ford Foundation.

He has written or edited 26 books and more than 150 articles or chapters, including works that address the sanctity of human life, ethical issues in drug testing, and the ethics of biomedical research, and has helped 11 health care institutions organize their ethics committees.

Brody earned a B.A. from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He also studied at Englands Oxford University on a Fulbright Fellowship.

He formerly taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Wicclair, Professor of Philosophy, at mark.wicclair@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-3641, extension 33309.