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CHSS Speakers Series: "Philosophical Perspectives on Translational Medicine"

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 @ 9:25am


Please join us in welcoming Dr. Miriam Solomon as she presents "Philosophical Perspectives on Translational Medicine."  This event is part of the CHSS Speakers Series and is free and open to the entire Rowan and surrounding community. 

Translational medicine attempts to go "from bench to bedside," i.e. from pure research to clinical applications. Dr. Solomon argues that, while "translational medicine" is regarded as a new idea in medicine, the need for translational research in medicine is not in fact new, but it has taken on new urgency and significance for two reasons: the perceived slowness of development of applications of basic research and the need for different research standards than those imposed by another recent paradigm, evidence-based medicine. Thus, translational medicine is best viewed as a response to the perceived shortfalls in both results and methods of mainstream contemporary medicine.

Miriam Solomon is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. She is also Affiliated Faculty in the Women's Studies Program and serves on the Temple University Hospital Ethics Committee. Her research interests are in philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, history of science, epistemology, gender and science and biomedical ethics. She is currently writing a book on evidence-based medicine, medical consensus conferences, narrative medicine and translational medicine, titled Making Medical Knowledge.

Sponsored by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy & Religion Studies, the Hollybush Institute, and the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences.

Location: Student Center 221