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Psychiatry, bioethics expert to speak on campus

ATHENS, Ohio (April 21, 2004) -- Paul R. McHugh, university distinguished service professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will give a public lecture Monday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in room 235 of Walter Hall.

Paul McHughThe lecture, titled "A Tale of Two Councils," will cover McHugh's experience with the President's Council on Bioethics involving medical ethics of cell research and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People relating to clerical abuse of children. It is free and open to the public.

An alumnus of Harvard Medical School, McHugh specializes in brain and behavior research, with particular emphasis on eating disorders, drug abuse, neuropsychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology.

He co-wrote the textbook "The Perspective of Psychiatry" and is an editor of "Genes, Brain and Behavior," a collection of essays on the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. McHugh has had over 150 papers and essays published, two of which were reprinted in "The Best American Essays 1993." He serves on the President's Council on Bioethics, and is a member of various medical associations including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease.

McHugh's visit, part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program, is sponsored by Lambda of Ohio Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Departments of Biological Sciences and psychology, the Honors Tutorial College and the College of Health and Human Services.

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