Pellegrino Lecture

October 5, 2017 • Stotler Lounge, MU Campus • Columbia, MO

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An African American Bioethics: Culture, Race and Identity

Lawrence J. Prograis, Jr., MD, Adjunct Professor (appointment pending), Department of Allergy and Immunology/Internal Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center

Lawrence J. Prograis, Jr. presently serves as an Affiliated Scholar in the Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center. In the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center his research interests include, research ethics (specifically, the clinical investigator-patient/subject relationship), ethics consultations, and the role of culture in ethics.

From 1989 to 1991, he was the Chief of the Asthma and Allergy Branch within the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation (DAIT), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, (NIAID), National Institutes of Health, (NIH). In 1991, he became the Deputy Director of DAIT. He served in this position until 2002.  From 2002-2016, Dr. Prograis served as Senior Scientist for Special Programs and Bioethics in DAIT. He was responsible for developing and participating in inter/intra Institute activities concerning administrative and scientific matters associated with the Division’s immunology research training programs, Small Business Innovation Research, and Bioethical issues.

Dr. Prograis has received numerous awards, including the NIH Merit Award, the Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, and the Georgetown University Clemens von Pirquet Award in Allergy and Immunology. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has published in the fields of allergy, immunology and ethics. His most recent publication is as co-editor with Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics, a book entitled “African American Bioethics: Culture, Race, and Identity.


Location: Stotler Lounge, Memorial Student Union- MU Campus

Parking: Available in the University or Hitt Street parking garages