The Risk of Knowing Health Risks

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When and Where:
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
at Phoenix Theatre

749 N. Park Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Special Venue Instructions: Street parking only
Eric M Meslin, Mary A. Ott, Kimberly Quaid-DeCordon, Peter H. Schwartz


Event Description:

Public debate swirls on the benefits and risks of screening tests. From mail-order genetics testing to early screening for cancers, we are promised an era of personalized, tailor-made healthcare. But is all this knowledge a good thing? Learn both the benefits and dangers of knowing your own health risks. Three interdisciplinary medical researchers working in bioethics will offer presentations followed by short discussions. After the presentations, moderator Eric Meslin, Director of the IU Center for Bioethics, will lead a Q&A exploring the common themes connecting the presentations.

Presenters include Kimberly Quaid, a psychologist who leads the genetic counseling program at IU School of Medicine; Peter H. Schwartz, who is a general medicine doctor and philosopher; and Mary Ott, who practices adolescent medicine and researches teen pregnancy and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

Presented by Indiana University Center for Bioethics; American Cancer Society; and IUPUI, Department of Philosophy. 317-278-4034 or

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