Invitation to the press - Conference on disorders of consciousness and critical issues in ethics and end-of-life decision-making

    MONTREAL, April 16 /CNW/ - The IRCM (Institut de recherches cliniques de
Montréal) invite the press to a public lecture on the chronic disorders of
consciousness and medical and ethical issues. Dr. James Bernat, a renowned
American expert on disorders of consciousness and end-of-life decision making,
will present the following public talk:

       "Chronic disorders of consciousness: medical and ethical issues"

               Monday, April 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
                          Jacques Genest auditorium
             Institut de Recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM)
                         110, avenue des Pins Ouest

    The talk will address crucial topics of longstanding public interest:

      - Is it possible to wake up from a coma?
      - How should families decide to withdraw life support?
      - What is the current scientific understanding of patients in a
        vegetative state?

    We would be happy to reply to any questions or comments you may have if
you are interested in covering this event of scientific, medical and social
interest. Please note that there will also be a number of local experts in
neurology and ethics on site that you may want to interview.

    Dr. James Bernat
    Dartmouth Medical Center
    Hanover, NH

    Dr. James Bernat has been for over twenty years at the forefront of
discussions on the ethical implications of neurology. He is a renowned expert
in end-of-life issues and the author of the seminal book Ethical Issues in
Neurology. He is the Director of the Program in Clinical Ethics at
Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire.

    The Montreal Neuroethics Networkpromotes neuroethics training, education
and dialogue by exposing various audiences to neuroethics issues; fostering
collaboration and mutual learning; and ensure Montreal's leadership in
addressing ethical and social issues in neuroscience and healthcare delivery
through inter-institutional collaborations.

For further information:

For further information: Zoe Costa, Research Assistant, Neuroethics
Research Unit, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM),
(514)987-5500, ext. 3249, neuroethics@ircm.qclca; Lucette Thériault,
Communications Director, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM),
(514) 987-5535,; CONFIRM TO ZOE COSTA

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