Center Seminars

Each year, the Center presents a series of monthly seminars focusing on challenging issues in ethics and the humanities as they relate to health care. Seminars are free and open to the public.

For more information about Bioethics and Humanities Center Seminars, contact Deirdre Neilen at

Center Seminar Schedule



March 25
12-1 pm

Lunch will be provided

"Health Policy, Evidence, and Politics: The FDA and Approval of Plan B."

Susan F. Wood, PhD, George Washington University School of Public Health and Services

Dr. Wood will review the history of the approval of Plan B emergency contraception as an over-the-counter product for all women in need of it. From 2003-2012, the approval process was repeatedly blocked by influences beyond the medical evidence and outside the usual FDA approval process.

Dr. Wood served as FDA Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health for five years. When she concluded in 2005 that political considerations of the Bush administration, not the safety or efficacy of this morning after pill, were tying up the approval process, she resigned on principle. She will offer strategies to ensure the scientific and medical independence of the FDA.

Dr. Wood is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Environmental and Occupational Health. She is also Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health at George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services.

Location: Room 2231 Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave.

Please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch! SUNY Upstate faculty, staff, and students and members of the community are welcome to attend.

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