Posted by William Nunnelley on 2014-03-21

Samford University's Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute (HEAL) will examine "Immunizations across the Lifespan: Ethical and Legal Implications" during its annual conference Friday, April 11.

The conference--sponsored by Samford's McWhorter School of Pharmacy--is designed to stimulate conversation around some of today's most pressing health-care ethics and law issues and problems.  It will meet in Brock Forum of Dwight Beeson Hall at Samford from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Speakers will include Lisa M. Lee, Ph.D., executive director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Washington, D.C.; William Schaffner, M.D., professor of preventive medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn.; David Kimberlin, M.D., codirector of the Division of Pediatric Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Dennis Sansom, Ph.D., chair of the department of philosophy, Samford University; and Bruce White, D.O., J.D., director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center and founder of the HEAL Institute.

Lee and White will receive Pellegrino Medals for their contributions to healthcare ethics during the conference luncheon. The medal is named for Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino, the first recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. The medal has been presented annually to world renowned clinical ethicists over the 13 years of the HEAL Institute's existence.

The program also will include a panel discussion on ethics and immunizations.  For information and registration, contact or Ilaina Andrews at or (205) 726-2820.