Published by The Marshall Democrat-News

This Sunday, March 25, Myra Christopher – a nationally recognized leader in the field of bioethics – will facilitate the Arrow Rock Federated Church’s Fourth Sunday Community Conversation, with her presentation “Hippocrates to Chuck Grassley: Are Chronic Pain Patients Collateral Damage in the War Against Opioids?”

The program begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and is open to the public free of charge.

According to a press release, Christopher is the founding director of The Center for Practical Bioethics, serving as its CEO and president from 1985-2011. The Center responds to emerging ethical issues to increase understanding of how bioethics affects the daily lives of all Americans.

Since the late 1990s, Christopher has expanded the scope of her work to focus on the under-treatment of chronic pain as the director of the PAINS Project.

The press release states the PAINS Project addresses the challenges of all Americans who struggle to live with pain, especially chronic pain. It is committed to creating access to quality pain care consistent with individual goals and values, and working to transform the way pain is perceived, judged and treated. The major goal of the organization is to establish chronic pain as a public health priority.