Hello. I am Dr. Conaway, aka Matt. With multiple degrees, I am a Ph.D. Biomedical Engineer (from U. Iowa) with a completed Postdoc in Physiology (through Ohio U) who is vigorously pursing a career and Bioethics training here in Chicago. On top of all of that, I have a severe congenital disability and come from way back in time when Special Education was first implemented. I broke down many barriers.
Bioethics resonates with me in such a way that I have decided that this can be the best means for me to use my vast training as an Engineer/Scientist, coupled with my personal experience growing up with a disability in a family of healthcare professionals, and my paramount concern for the big picture. I was actually a Philosophy major for Freshman year, back in the '80s, before I transferred to Georgia Tech for Engineering school.
Currently, I am also appointed as co-author (with Loyola faculty) for the introductory textbook, Biotechnology, Bioethics, and Policy. Further, my research and scholarly interests in Bioethics are not only in research ethics, public health ethics, narrative ethics, neuroethics, and criticism of technology issues and the research enterprise as well as transhumanism, but also in disability ethics and related issues in the healthcare arena. Also, when I was training was an Engineer/Scientist, I worked a gamut of research from epidemiology to ergonomics to muscle physiology. So, I have seen quite a bit. Research background aside, I am happier and much stronger as a scholar and thinker than as an experimentalist.
In Iowa City, I served for several years as a Volunteer Patient for disability issues. In that capacity, I helped train health profession students in issues related to disability and healthcare. Through such work, I found a niche. On top of Research Ethics, one other major thing I would like to do in my career, and with my Bioethics training, is be involved in expanding such educational efforts across the health profession spectrum.
I would be particularly interested in speaking to disabled youth, parents of disabled children, and even education professionals who serve them. Or, I can speak about the different challenges posed by technology to society. And, I would be happy to speak to healthcare professionals about some of the issues that disabled people face in navigating routine interactions with the healthcare system. I have a few things to say about disability rights as well
If I may come share my insight and experience with your organization or event, please contact me.