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Top ethicist to discuss sports

Thomas Murray will present a lecture titled "Ethics, Genetics and the Future of Sport" on Wednesday at Ford Auditorium in the University Hospital.

This lecture is presented as the 12th annual Waggoner Lecture on Ethics and Values in Medicine, sponsored by the Medical School Department of Psychiatry.

Murray is the president of the Hastings Center, one of the nation's leading bioethics research institutes, as well as chairman of the Ethical Issues Review Panel of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He is also a past member of the U.S. Olympic Committee's Anti-Doping Committee and the former director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

His lecture will address current ethical issues in sports, how they affect perceptions of the human body, and how the human body can and should be used — and abused — for the sake of athletic achievement. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.

The lectureship is named for the late Dr. Raymond Waggoner, who was chair of the Department of Psychiatry for 33 years, from 1937-70, and one of the first psychiatrists to see mental illness as both an emotional and physical problem.

Past lecturers include Harold Shapiro, Dr. Leon Eisenberg and University President Mary Sue Coleman.

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