Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005
11:45 a.m., University Club
Dr. Michael Mobley, Associate Director for the Biodesign Institute at Arizona
“Embryonic Stem Cell Research: An Examination of Scientific and Ethical Issues”
The President’s Council on Bioethics recently concluded that “proposals to engage in cloning-for-biomedical-research necessarily endorse the creation of (cloned) human embryos solely for the purpose of such research. Public policy that specifically promoted this research would thus explicitly and officially approve crossing a moral boundary.” However, there remains considerable pressure within the research community endorsing the production of embryos for research, noting the potential that embryonic stem cells might have in the treatment of various diseases. The advance of this research is coming up against some major ethical concerns. This talk will examine some of the critical issues regarding embryo cell research and possible responses by the Christian community.
Mike Mobley is Associate Director for the newly formed Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. He has been heavily involved in the planning of the new research complex on the ASU Main campus and extensions in downtown Phoenix associated with the Arizona Biomedical Collaborative. He serves as the first point of contact between the Institute and potential institutional and industrial partners. Mobley also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arizona BioIndustry Association.
Mobley moved to ASU after 21 years in industry, gaining R&D experience in the US and Europe. For 9 years Mobley held a senior position as Director of R&D at the Procter & Gamble Company in their Health Care and Skin Beauty Care Divisions. After a long career as a technical innovator, Mobley maintains eclectic interests that include the interpretations of quantum theory, the novel applications of science and technology, and the ethical, religious, and social implications of our rapidly advancing technical innovations.
Mobley obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from Arizona State University, an M.S. in Chemical Physics from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Arizona State University. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in Scottsdale, AZ.