Maureen L. Condic

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Maureen L. Condic, PhD
Scientific career
FieldsBioethics, fetal development, spinal cord regeneration

Maureen L. Condic is a bioethicist, professor, ombudsman, and appointee to the United States's National Science Board.[1][2][3]


Condic received her BA from the University of Chicago, and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her postdoctoral fellowship was undertaken at the University of Minnesota. She is an associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Utah since 1997.[4] Among her research contributions have been investigations into spinal cord regeneration, death determination,[5] ethics around pregnancy,[6] stem cell usage[7] and development,[8] and fetal pain.[2] In a 2018 Science interview, Condic said she exited basic research for bioethics due to a "heart-wrenching conversation" with a person suffering from a spinal cord injury concerning lack of availability of medical information, combined with a "sour atmosphere" generated by her more fame-seeking colleagues after the injury to actor Christopher Reeve.[1]

Government service[edit]

Condic was appointed to the National Science Board to help advise the US Government's senior leaders on bioethics matters. Her term runs 2018-2024.[3] She wrote an Affidavit in 2012 with expert testimony intended to inform the Oklahoma legislature on embryonic development and personhood.[9] In 2013, she testified before Congress regarding ethics surrounding a bill to ban abortions past a certain timeframe.[10][2]



  1. ^ a b c "Crashing the boards: Neuroscientist Maureen Condic brings a different voice to NSF oversight body". Science | AAAS. 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  2. ^ a b c Neumann, Erik. "Utah Professor Tapped To Oversee National Science Foundation, Widely Cited By Anti-Abortion Groups". Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  3. ^ a b "White House Names University of Utah Bioethicist Maureen Condic to Six-Year Term on National Science Board - Utah Business". Utah Business. 2018-11-08. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  4. ^ "Maureen L. Condic - Bioscience - The University of Utah". Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  5. ^ Condic, Maureen L. (2016). "Determination of Death: A Scientific Perspective on Biological Integration". Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 41 (3): 257–278. doi:10.1093/jmp/jhw004. PMC 4889815. PMID 27075193.
  6. ^ Condic, Maureen L.; Harrison, Donna (2018-06-18). "Treatment of an Ectopic Pregnancy". The Linacre Quarterly. 85 (3): 241–251. doi:10.1177/0024363918782417. ISSN 0024-3639. PMC 6161225. PMID 30275609.
  7. ^ Condic, Dr Maureen L. (2009-04-16). "Does Research Really Need Human Embryos and Cloning?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  8. ^ Condic, Maureen L. (2014-04-15). "Totipotency: What It Is and What It Is Not". Stem Cells and Development. 23 (8): 796–812. doi:10.1089/scd.2013.0364. ISSN 1547-3287. PMC 3991987. PMID 24368070.
  9. ^ "APPENDIX A Affidavit of Dr. Maureen L. Condic, Ph.D. STATE OF". Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  10. ^ Biblical Creation & Apologetics Ministries (2017-04-12), Dr Maureen Condic Congressional Testimony: Fetal Pain at 8 Weeks..., retrieved 2018-12-01
  11. ^ Institute, Social Trends. "Maureen Condic | Social Trends Institute". Retrieved 2018-12-01.