Ethical And Regulatory Issues Involved in the Clinical Development of Substance Abuse Countermeasures

October 7, 2019
8:30 AM-4:00 PM

Date and Time: Monday October 7, 2019    8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT

Location: Central New York Biotech Accelerator

841 East Fayette Street Syracuse, NY 13210



The United States is experiencing an opioid crisis, which is a public health emergency. In 2016, opioid overdose deaths exceeded 40,000. Heroin overdose was responsible for 15,000 of the opioid deaths and prescription opioid-related deaths were 17,000.

The SUNY Upstate Institute for Global Health and Translational Science will host a one day bioethics symposium to stimulate and document conversations and discussion about the moral, ethical, and regulatory issues surrounding the development of opioid countermeasures and conducting research in people with a history of addiction and substance abuse disorders.

The symposium will feature local political, medical and scientific leadership in addition to presentations from top opioid vaccine developers to provide a state of the art review of the science behind opioid countermeasure development. Invited bioethicists will deliver talks outlining what they believe are the important moral and ethical questions associated with opioid vaccine development. Regulatory discussions will take place surrounding pathways to licensure for opioid vaccines and local organizations providing care and treatment for people with substance abuse disorders will be asked to provide personal perspectives on the problem.

Featured speakers include:

-Gary Matyas, PhD Chief, Adjuvants and Formulations US Military HIV Research Program

-Tom Kosten, MD Jay H. Waggoner Endowed Chair; Vice-Chair Psychiatry for Research; Director Division of Alcohol and Addiction Psychiatry; Co-Director Institute for Clinical & Translational Research at Baylor College of Medicine

-Travis N. Rieder, PhD Director of the MBE Program; Assistant Director for Education Initiatives; Associate Faculty; Research Scholar at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

-John Katko, U.S. Congressman, 24th Congressional District

-Timothy Endy, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of Microbiology and Immunology Upstate Medical University and Co-Founder Road2RecoveryCNY


Registration is required for the event. Please register below before September 27th, 2019. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered attendees. Full agenda and live streaming details forthcoming.

Parking is available in the lot located directly behind CNY Biotech Accelerator or in overflow lot on Forman Ave. between E. Fayette and E. Washington Sts. (unpaved lot behind orange building). SUNY Upstate employees are required to take the shuttle to the Biotech Accelerator.

Questions? Contact Ms. Tina Lupone, MPH at

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