January 16, 2002
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Hopkins Scientist Appointed to President Bush's Council on Bioethics

President Bush has appointed Hopkins psychiatrist Paul R. McHugh, M.D., to be one of 18 members to serve on the President's Council on Bioethics. The council, created by executive order of President Bush late last year, will advise the President on ethical and social issues related to biomedical and other areas of scientific research.

McHugh – who was Psychiatrist-in-Chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for 26 years and is now University Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine – will serve a two-year term on the Council. As head of psychiatry at Hopkins, McHugh was renowned for his efforts to demystify psychiatry. His unwavering dedication to intellectual rigor in the field of psychiatry is apparent in his teaching and clinical practice, and in writings in the American Scholar, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, and numerous research papers.

According to President Bush's executive order, the Council will include members from the fields of science, medicine, law, government, philosophy, theology and other areas of the humanities and social sciences. The council will investigate ethical issues regarding "embryo and stem cell research, assisted reproduction, cloning, uses of knowledge and techniques derived from human genetics or the neurosciences, and end of life issues," according to the order. Other issues to be considered by the Council include the protection of human subjects in research, appropriate uses and moral implications of biomedical technologies, and the consequences of limiting scientific research.

The council will by chaired by Leon Kass, M.D., a bioethicist from the University of Chicago who was previously named.

The first meeting of the Council will be Jan. 17-18 in Washington, D.C.

Related Web sites:

Statement by the Press Secretary:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/01/20020116-9.html

Executive order creating the President's Council of Bioethics, from the White House:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/11/20011128-13.html

Biographical Sketch of Paul R. McHugh, M.D.:
http://www.med.jhu.edu/jhhpsychiatry/mchugh.htm

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins:
http://www.med.jhu.edu/jhhpsychiatry/master1.htm


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