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Clinical and Developmental Implications of Third Party Reproduction


Feb 05, 2011 - 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Columbia University, Uris Hall

In this interdisciplinary colloquium we will look at attachment, development and parenting in the context of new family constellations afforded by innovations in reproductive technology. We will attempt to re-examine our existing assumptions about the impact of these advances on the development and identity formation of children conceived variously through egg and sperm donation and surrogacy and then reared by heterosexual, gay and lesbian couples and single parents. Our speakers are experts in reproductive medicine and bioethics, researchers in attachment and large–scale longitudinal studies of these new family forms, as well as distinguished clinicians and psychoanalysts.

The goals of this symposium will be: to foster understanding of the various current avenues to reproduction, to reflect upon the ways parents and children may (and may not) be affected by these new reproductive options, and to discuss complex ethical and psychological aspects of disclosure. In addition, we will consider the unique emotional and psychological challenges and possibilities that are emerging from scientific innovations in reproductive technology.

Sponsored by the Margret Mahler Foundation and the Columbia University Master of Science in Bioethics Program.

 A limited number of student scholarships to attend this event are available. Please contact Dr. Robert Klitzman at rlk2@columbia.edu for details.

For further information about the event, please contact the conference registrar:

Lawrence Schwartz Partners
25–71 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11102
E-mail: Psypsa@aol.com
Phone / Fax: (718) 728 - 7416