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Dec
14
Fri
When is a Medical Treatment Worth $850,000? The Value of Luxturna @ Harvard Medical School Tosteson Medical Education Center, Room 227
Dec 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Luxturna, a gene therapy treatment for a rare form of inherited blindness, was recently approved and administered for the first time to a patient at Massachusetts Eye and Ear in early 2018 at a cost of $850,000. How should patients, physicians, and the U.S. health care system approach a new generation of gene therapies that offer substantial clinical promise and are made available at such price levels?  How do we maximize “health gain” with available resources across the entire population?

Jan
18
Fri
Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference 2019 – Call for Papers
Jan 18 all-day

The Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the Ethox Centre are pleased to announce the call for papers for the third biennial Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference. The conference will take place on the 1st and 2nd  of July 2019 at Keble College, University of Oxford.

Conference Focus

The ethical issues involved in the practice of Global Health initiatives and research are increasingly the subject of public and scholarly debate. These discussions have, however, tended to be dominated by a focus on particular diseases or interventions in certain locations and often with specific views of what constitutes ethics. Debate has also tended to be limited by insufficient engagement between different disciplinary approaches to this subject.

The Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference takes place every two years and addresses critically important ethical issues in the conception and implementation of Global Health.  It aims to foster comprehensive multi-disciplinary debate moving beyond the parameters of disease, interventions and locations to attend to and engage with the many over-arching ethical concerns which characterise Global Health policy, practice and research.

 

Mar
1
Fri
33rd European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare Call for Abstracts @ University of Oslo, Norway
Mar 1 all-day

This conference will be organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare and the Centre for Medical Ethics, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. We may think we know what the terms ‘medicine’ and ‘health care’ denote and what activities should be classed as falling under each of them. Yet both medicine and health care have fuzzy borders in themselves and also overlap with other areas of human activity, e.g. in relation to the legal system or the cosmetic industry. This raises philosophical questions about how we should understand activities that are ‘at the edge of medicine’ and ethical questions about how we should evaluate such activities. Should the ethics of medicine supply the guiding principles or should activities at the edge be governed by other considerations. These and similar questions will be explored and addressed in the conference. Abstracts addressing any of the issues mentioned in the headings below from a philosophical and/or ethical perspective will be favoured, although work on other topics can also be submitted.

Borderline conditions

  • New concepts of disease, illness, or sickness
  • The co-production of concepts of human malady
  • Between esthetics and ethics
  • Identity-related conditions
  • Diagnostic creep, overdiagnosis
  • Medicalization

Clinical Ethics

  • Non-hospital/health care settings
  • Involvement of patients, relatives, and other parties
  • Relation between professionalism and ethics
  • Handling suffering without knowledge (of etiology or effective treatment)

Health systems

  • Resource allocation and ’non-medical’ conditions
  • Resource allocation and non-medical services (e.g. dentistry etc.)
  • Professional dominance vs other stakeholder dominance
  • AI for diagnosis and treatment decisions

Moral residue

  • Moral dilemmas
  • Moral failure
  • Moral disagreement
  • The problem of resolution in moral discourse
  • Tragic choices

Non-medical interventions

  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Male circumcision
  • Sports medicine
  • Medical enhancement

Refugees and asylum seekers

  • DNA-testing, ethics and migration
  • Age determination in refugee children
  • Refugees’ access to health care
  • Domestic violence among asylum seekers

Expanding sciences and disruptive technologies

  • Robotics, machine learning, and intelligent systems
  • Sensors and monitoring technology
  • Gene editing, gene drives
  • DTC genetic testing
  • Genetics testing and indigenous populations
  • Citizen science

Anyone wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit an abstract in Word format (500 words maximum) before March 1, 2019. The Conference Programme Committee will select abstracts for oral presentation. Please send abstracts by e-mail to: Professor Bert Gordijn, Secretary of the ESPMH, Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University, Ireland: [email protected]

 

Mar
13
Wed
CitSci2019: Growing Our Family Tree @ Marriott Raleigh City Center
Mar 13 – Mar 17 all-day

In 2019, we celebrate and explore the deep roots and broad branches that form the strong core of this field.

Join us in the City of Oaks to connect with other leaders and learners from many backgrounds. We deepen our own work as we share our diverse perspectives and practices – no matter what we investigate or what we call our efforts. Bring your ideas and your questions to CitSci2019, and be a part of our growing Family Tree!

Call for Symposia:
We invite proposals for 60- or 90-minute symposium sessions that weave together several perspectives on a common theme. The symposium organizer should choose the presentation format (e.g., panel discussion, storytelling, Ignite format) that best meets the objectives of the proposed theme.

Examples themes include, but are not limited to:

Partnerships – the opportunities and challenges
Technology
Validity of citizen science data
Results of research around a similar topic
Ethical issues in citizen science

Call for Workshops:
We are currently accepting proposals for half day and full day workshops. We encourage workshops focused on topics and activities that contribute to growing our community’s shared knowledge base, research areas, and priority areas.

Workshop should be designed to contribute to the following Conference priorities:

Welcoming and inclusion, citizenry in science
Informing the broader community
Supporting sustained technical and scientific collaborations and standards
Establishing and maintaining long term relationships and partnerships
Developing best practices

Call for Individual Presentations and Posters:
We are currently accepting proposal submissions for individual presentations and posters. Authors may present in only one of the following categories: Individual Talk, Lightning Talk (which may include a poster), or Poster.
For more details, deadlines, and available individual presentation formats, view the call for individual presentation and poster abstracts.

Submission Details
All submissions will be accepted in English only through the online form at citsci2019.exordo.com. Please be aware that the symposia, workshops, and individual presentations/posters/talks may have different deadlines. See the detailed calls for proposals or abstracts for the specific deadlines.

 

Mar
21
Thu
The Ethical Dimensions of Quality Measurement and Metrics – Healthcare Ethics Consortium 25th Annual Conference @ Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA
Mar 21 – Mar 22 all-day

Quality metrics play a major role in the provision of modern healthcare in the United States. While the goals of healthcare metrics may be focused on patient quality of care, health outcomes or economic effectiveness, metrics are increasingly utilized in accountability and quality improvement in the organization and function of healthcare institutions.

Healthcare quality improvement is also accountable for being attentive to the rights and interests of patients and being conducted in an ethically responsible manner.  Ethical considerations in quality improvement measurement include balancing patient care and outcomes improvement goals with the potential for inadvertent harm, including the impact on access to appropriate care, resource use, and provider stress and burnout.

We welcome proposals that consider the effects of metrics on the health care system and healthcare professionals, the various values upon which these metrics are founded, and their implications for healthcare ethics.  For example, proposals might address topics such as “quality measures in nursing care and ‘missed nursing care’” or “length of stay and discharge planning measures”.

In addition, there is increasing attention to the nature of accountability and measurement in the effectiveness of ethics structures and ethics consultation.   We would also welcome submissions focused on the growing emphasis on performance measures for ethics and ethics quality domains.

 

May
15
Wed
Academy for Professionalism in Health Care 7th Annual Conference: “Social Justice and Professionalism: Exploring the Challenges and Potential” @ The Jung Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
May 15 – May 17 all-day

The 2019 APHC conference will explore social justice education and practice in the health professions across the U.S. and internationally. While there are many definitions of social justice, it is emphasized as a key value in the 2002 Charter on Medical Professionalism, the 2017 Code of Ethics for Social Work, and included within the 2015 Code of Ethics for Nursing. What does our experience with healthcare in the 21st century tell us about successes, failures, and opportunities in embracing social justice as a professional value? What is our path moving forward?

 

May
23
Thu
15th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC): It’s the Organization! Clinical Ethics and Consultation at the Intersection of Institutional Practice @ Hilton Vienna
May 23 – May 25 all-day

ICCEC 2019’s conference theme addresses the fact that clinical ethics takes place in a highly professional and institutionalized context. Clinical ethics and consultation is a practical endeavor. It takes place in an institutional setting, be it the hospital, nursing home, hospice, or mobile healthcare service. Practicing ethics in a clinical institution is different from reflecting on ethics in pure academia. It poses opportunities for ethically significant encounters with multiple stakeholders as well as challenges in facing the pressure of real-life engagement in an organization. ICCEC 2019 will focus on this intersection of practice and institution in clinical ethics and consultation.

To contribute in and to this context, clinical ethics may learn from other fields. ICCEC 2019’s program offers insights, exchange, and learning opportunities from psychology, healthcare management, organizational development, and jurisprudence that can enrich the practice of clinical ethics. The conference will cultivate this discourse through keynote lectures in general sessions, individual paper debates, poster presentations, panel discussions, and case studies. Keynote lectures will feature organizational experts and innovative thinkers stimulating clinical ethics.

ICCEC 2019’s mission is to provide attendees with the opportunity for exchange of expertise and collaboration in an institutional stetting in order to improve the practice of clinical ethics for the good of the patient.

 

Jul
1
Mon
Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference 2019 @ Keble College, Oxford
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day

The Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the Ethox Centre are pleased to announce the call for papers for the third biennial Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference. The conference will take place on the 1st and 2nd  of July 2019 at Keble College, University of Oxford.

Conference Focus

The ethical issues involved in the practice of Global Health initiatives and research are increasingly the subject of public and scholarly debate. These discussions have, however, tended to be dominated by a focus on particular diseases or interventions in certain locations and often with specific views of what constitutes ethics. Debate has also tended to be limited by insufficient engagement between different disciplinary approaches to this subject.

The Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference takes place every two years and addresses critically important ethical issues in the conception and implementation of Global Health.  It aims to foster comprehensive multi-disciplinary debate moving beyond the parameters of disease, interventions and locations to attend to and engage with the many over-arching ethical concerns which characterise Global Health policy, practice and research.

 

Jul
3
Wed
17th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities – The World 4.0: Convergences of Knowledges and Machines @ University of Granada
Jul 3 – Jul 5 all-day

What is the role of Humanities in the journey to the Fourth Industrial Revolution? How important are humanistic disciplines for the kinds of challenges we face in a coming era, supposedly defined by a highly dynamic phase of industrial and social restructuring, where the adaptive capacity of societies needs to be enhanced by specific skills, with techno-social dependencies. What is the role of the Humanities in building cognitive competences, and new professional paths? What can we bring to a new lexicon of: open innovation, co-innovation, co-creation, not only as the “convergence” of peoples, but also machines, with ontologies.

The special focus of the 2019 International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities seeks to unveil the importance of SSH disciplines to the major STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The future of our planet requires co-creation mechanisms that re-conduct ideas in fundamentally different ways, in order to result in significant value to society, organizations, products, services and business. The conference will explore how the Humanities can contribute to this future.

 

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