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Health Care and Humanity: Solutions for Today and Tomorrow


Whether you are a student, faculty member, an informed citizen, or work in health we would like to invite you to participate in the 2009 Purdue Student Pugwash Midwest Regional Conference. It will be held Friday through Saturday, March 27-28, 2009 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and is an opportunity few would want to miss.
This year's conference focuses on how modern medicine interfaces with and impacts our society and the world. In general, the conference will bring together people from different backgrounds to evaluate the current and future states of health with a goal to prepare our audience to make more informed decisions.

To do this, we have brought together accomplished speakers from some of the leading academic and health institutions in the country, including General Electric Healthcare, the University of Michigan, Doctors Without Borders, The Harvard School of Public Health, Cook Biotech, and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Each of the conference topics below has been chosen to engender a multi-layered understanding that incorporates each of the scientific, social, and ethical aspects of health care.

The conference has been set up to allow ample opportunities to meet and discuss with interesting attendees and speakers. You will have the opportunity for stimulating conversation at


our banquet Friday night, plenty of chances for questions with speakers, engaging discussion of topics during the break-out session discussion event, and the ability to blow of some steam and break with some wallyball at the conference social!


FRIDAY, March 27

6:00pm – 6:15pm: PMU South Ballroom- Opening Remarks 

6:15pm – 7:00pm: PMU South Ballroom- Formal Banquet 

7:00pm – 8:15pm: PMU South Ballroom- The Rising Costs of Health Care, Dr. 
Edward Norton Professor of Health Economics at the University of Michigan 

9:00 pm: Recreational Sports Center- Conference Social 


SATURDAY, March 28


8:00am – 8:45am: STEW West Foyer- Conference Registration & Breakfast 

8:45am – 10:00am: Fowler Hall– Costs, Technology, Privacy, and Digitizing of Health 
Records, Kelly Sager and Erica Watson of GE Healthcare 

10:15am – 11:30am: Purdue Stewart Center- Breakout Sessions 
 STEW 322- Adjusting to an Aging Population 
 STEW 310- Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing, Kimberly Quaid, Ph.D., Professor of Medical and 
Molecular Genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine 
 STEW 320- Biotechnology, Dr. Michael Hiles, VP of Research and Chief Scientific Officer of 
Cook Biotech 

11:45am – 1:00pm: University Drawing Room- VIP Lunch 
STEW 322- Attendee Lunch 

1:15pm – 2:00pm: STEW 214- Discussion Workshop 

2:15pm – 3:45pm: Fowler Hall- Malnutrition and Health in the Developing World, Nurse 
Johanne Sekkenes, Doctors without Borders 

4:00pm – 5:15pm: Fowler Hall- Nutrition, Obesity, and Public Health, Dr. Kimberly 
Thompson, Adjunct Associate Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science at the 
Harvard School of Public Health