Allegheny College to host panel on face transplants
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Allegheny College will sponsor a panel discussion about face transplants -- "Transplant Surgery and Identity" -- at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Carnegie Science Center, North Shore.
The college in Meadville, Crawford County, has gathered "pioneers with unusual combinations of interests and talents" to discuss the quickly evolving topic of face transplantation from a multidisciplinary approach.
The discussion will include advances in transplant surgeries; how we communicate about identity through medicine, books, art, film and journalism; and how different professional perspectives affect our views of the ethics involved.
The panel will include Dr. Stefan Schneeberger, president of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation; Carla Bluhm, Allegheny College visiting assistant psychology professor and author of "Someone Else's Face in the Mirror: Identity and the New Science of Face Transplant;" Allen Furr, University of Louisville chairman of the department of sociology; John Broughton, associate professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University; and Mark Roth, senior writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
David Templeton, Post-Gazette health and science reporter, will moderate the discussion.
Guests also will be invited to respond to excerpts from "Facing the Future: The First Face Transplant" -- a documentary about the first transplant in 2005 that French surgeons performed on Isabelle Dinoire.
After questions from the audience, a reception will be held in the science center lobby. The event is free to the public.
First Published May 20, 2009 12:00 am