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January 23rd, 2017

   Novel Tech Ethics (Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie) in conjunction with
Nova Scotia Alzheimer Society presents:

                         CONVERSATIONS WITH MY MOTHER

   Monday, 23 January 2017 (6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

   Public talk for Alzheimer Awareness Month, QEII Royal Bank Theatre,
Halifax Infirmary, ground floor, 1796 Summer St.
entrance.

   SPEAKER: Francoise Baylis - Professor and Canada Research Chair in
Bioethics & Philosophy, Novel Tech Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie
University.

   SUMMARY: Francoise Baylis, the eldest daughter of Gloria Baylis an
87-year-old woman in the final stages of Alzheimer's Disease, will share
with the audience some of her lessons learned through conversations with
her mother.  These conversations from the time of diagnosis till today
span close to 17 years.  The insights gained are both personal and
professional.

   The take home message is that when persons with dementia lose their
memories, we must remember for them; when they are isolated as a result
of their cognitive losses, we must continue to include them in our lives
and celebrations; and when they fail to recognize others in their circle
of belonging (even their most loved ones), we must recognize and
acknowledge them.  Memory, belonging, recognition are the foundational
elements of personal identity.

   For further details, contact: tim.krahn@dal.ca

January 23rd, 2017

               Fixing The Human Genome - Promises and Pitfalls

   Novel Tech Ethics (Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie) presents Fixing
The Human Genone - Promises and Pitfalls, a Caf Scientifiq.

   Just Us! Coffeehouse, 5896 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS.

   Monday, 23 - January 2017 (7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.)

   SUMMARY: In December 2015, an international group of experts from the
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, said it would be
irresponsible to proceed with any clinical use of germline gene editing
unless and until the relevant safety and efficacy issues have been
resolved and there is broad societal consensus about the appropriateness
of the proposed application.

   They maintained that germline gene editing raises moral and ethical
considerations in purposefully altering human evolution.  Join us for a
discussion of the basic science and prospective clinical applications of
gene editing as well as the legal and policy activities that advances in
these technologies have triggered.

   TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION will include:

   - basic scientific explanation of how various gene editing technologies
     (including CRISPR/Cas9) work

   - how these technologies give rise to new possibilities for treating
     and preventing diseases like cancer as well as disorders of the
     musculoskeletal andnervous systems

   - safety-related concerns (including physical risks) of these
     technologies ethical, and specifically human flourishing, concerns
     regarding the potential modification of the human species now and for
     the future.

   For further details, contact tim.krahn@dal.ca