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All Data is Health Data: The Impact of Data and Data Laws on Clinical Care, Innovation, and Research @ Wynne Courtroom and atrium, Inlow Hall
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Save the Date! Join the Hall Center for Law and Health and the Indiana Health Law Review as they host their annual symposium on October 20, 2017 at Inlow Hall.

The 18th Asian Bioethics Conference (ABC18) @ Yonsei Unviersity Heal System, Avison BioMedical Research Center
Oct 25 – Oct 28 all-day

The 18th Asian Bioethics Conference (ABC18) will be held at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea 25th through 28th of October, 2017. The theme of the conference is set as “Future of Bioethics & Health Care”. It is a joint effort with the National Bioethics Committee of Korea that will make these back-to-back international meetings of bioethics possible. Please mark your calendar and plan well ahead to travel to Seoul, Korea in the fall of 2017, one of the best seasons to come in a year!

2017 Humanities in Medicine Symposium – Crossing Disciplines: Strategies for Humanizing One Another @ Mayo Clinic
Oct 27 – Oct 29 all-day

In 2017, we choose to focus on how the health humanities can address differences among cultures and value systems in the healthcare workplace and beyond. We seek tools to address the concept of otherness and celebrate difference. We encourage proposals for presentations offering strategies for sustaining empathy in challenging situations—strategies that may be employed in healthcare practice, education and research. What notable examples exist in the health humanities that demonstrate cross-cultural engagement or alternative ways of thinking about difference, and model collaborative meaning-making? Who are the key practitioners who show us how to cross disciplines, blur the boundaries of otherness and listen authentically to other perspectives? How can the health humanities assist us in acknowledging bias and approaching patients and peers with openness and respect, while sustaining empathy?

Psychedelic Medicine: New Frontiers in Palliative Care Conference @ William H. Gates Hall
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Exciting new research is revealing that psychedelic drugs, such as psilocybin and MDMA, may offer significant benefit for patients struggling at the end of life and those beset by major depressions and treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress.

This conference brings together doctors, scientific researchers, attorneys and ethicists to consider the medical, legal and ethical implications of this evolving research.

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence @ The Babbage Lecture Theatre
Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


There’s been much talk about AI disrupting the job market and enabling new weapons, but very few scientists talk seriously about the elephant in the room: what will happen once machines outsmart us at all tasks? That’s the topic of this exciting public lecture and why Prof Tegmark wrote his book “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”. This talk (and his book) is an effort to help you join the most important conversation of our time. We look forward to seeing you and to hearing your thoughts in the Q&A session following the lecture.

About the speaker

Max Erik Tegmark is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-founder of the Future of Life Institute. He is currently investigating the existential risk from advanced artificial intelligence.

CBHD 2018 Conference Call for Proposals
Nov 1 all-day

The 2018 conference invites healthcare and other professionals, scholars, researchers, educators, and students to address questions associated with our conference theme–“Bioethics & Being Human”–and to engage more broadly with foundational and emerging issues raised at the intersections of medicine, science, technology, and our common humanity.



All serious proposals relevant to the study of bioethics are welcome, particularly those in the following subject areas:

  • General Bioethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Disability
  • Emerging Issues in Bioethics
  • Empirical Research
  • Global Bioethics and/or Public Health
  • Medical Humanities
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Philosophical and/or Theological Engagement
  • Public Policy and/or Biolaw
  • Research Ethics
  • Technology Assessment
  • Women’s Health

All proposals are evaluated through a blind review process based upon addressing one or more of the conference objectives. Identifying information must not be included in the abstract.

  • All contributed papers and posters must be submitted as abstracts 250-300 words in length and include a formal title. Proposals should include a list of materials to be drawn upon. All serious proposals relevant to the study of bioethics are welcome and need not be related to the conference theme.
  • A CV or resume, for each presenter and co-author, must be submitted along with the abstract. Include name, credentials, institution name, city, and state, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
  • Include a short bio not to exceed 200 words in length.
  • CBHD has a “two submission” rule. You can submit no more than two abstracts (including posters). This rule does not apply to co-authors of posters and papers.
  • In order to present a paper or poster, participants must register & pay for the conference by Monday, May 14, 2018, and cover all travel and personal expenses.



All abstracts must be submitted online prior to November 1, 2017. To submit your abstract click here.


Additional Requirements for Continuing Medical Education Eligible Proposals

All proposals appropriate for continuing medical education (CME) should specify at least three learning objectives.

Guidelines for CME learning objectives:

  • Begin each objective with a verb.
  • Construct each objective from the point of view of the attendee by completing the following sentence: “At the end of this session, attendees will be able to…”

Indicate CME core competencies this proposal is designed to address

  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-Based Practice


Instructions for Paper Presentations

Oral Presentations of contributed papers will be 20-25 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.


Instructions for Poster Presentations

  • Poster presentations will be displayed in a prominent area at the conference to maximize their impact. The advantage of a poster is that conference attendees will be able to view them over an extended period of time.
  • Posters must be no larger than 42″ x 54″.
  • Make sure posters are readable from at least 5 feet away.
  • A session will be provided during the conference for poster contributors to present their work.



Symposium on The Medicalization of Poverty – Call for Proposals @ University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Nov 2 – Nov 3 all-day

Call for Proposals
Symposium:  The Medicalization of Poverty
November 2-3 2017, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
(Resulting Papers to be published in The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (2018))
It is well documented that a number of diseases are strongly linked to poverty, and poverty is a strong predictor of health status.  A second aspect of poverty is less well-explored: we have medicalized poverty. We spend inordinate amounts of money and other resources to address healthcare needs brought on by poverty instead of providing for the tangible needs of the poor before illness strikes.  We treat the symptom, not the problem. How can we do better?

This Symposium will bring together experts on the connection between poverty, disease burden, and healthcare expenditures to explore creative approaches for improving the life chances of the most disadvantaged among us.  The healthcare system itself may have a transformative role to play. And local, state, and federal governments may be able to shape the contours of that role—for example, by supporting innovative community-based approaches to poverty through tax policies for nonprofit hospitals.  Presenters will examine not only how healthcare providers can be agents of change, but also whether there are levers that policymakers can pull to lessen poverty’s cost.

The Symposium will be co-convened by Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson, Director of the Epstein Health Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College and Law, and Professor Lois Shepherd, Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Public Health Sciences, and Law at the University of Virginia.

Confirmed participants include:

*   Professor Mark Hall, Director of Health Law and Policy Program, the Wake Forest School of Law
*   Ruth Gaare Bernheim, Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Virginia and Co-Director of The Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life
*   Professor Richard Kaplan, the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Professor of Law at the University of Illinois and a leading expert in elder law
*   Professor Dayna Matthew, the Director of the Health Law and Policy Program and Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, a well-respected voice in public heath
*   Professor Mary Crossley, a leading disability scholar and former dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
*   Professor Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, the J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law
*   Professor William M. Sage, James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law
*   Professor David Orentlicher, Co-Director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
*   Professor Ruby Mendenhall of the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois
*   Professor David A. Hyman, Georgetown University School of Law
*   Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson, Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, Director of Epstein Health Law and Policy Program, University of Illinois College of Law
*   Professor Daniel Becker, Tussi and John Kluge Professor of Palliative Medicine and Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, University of Virginia School of Medicine
*   Professor Monica Uddin, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois
*   Professor Lois Shepherd, Peter A. Wallenborn, Jr. and Dolly F. Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Professor of Health Sciences, Professor of Law, University of Virginia
The Symposium is sponsored by:

*   The Epstein Health Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law<>
*   The University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities<>
*   The University of Virginia School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences<>
*   The Carle Foundation
*   The Carle Illinois College of Medicine
*   The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology<> at the University of Illinois and
*   The Family Law & Policy Program<> at the University of Illinois College of Law.

We are seeking proposals for presentations and symposium articles.  Proposals by newer scholars are especially welcome, including graduate students, visiting assistant professors, and professors before tenure.  Proposals from newer scholars will be given special consideration.
Each invited scholar will have a 15-minute presentation time plus added time for Q&A, so there should be plenty of time to explore your ideas with some depth. Selected scholars will submit short thought pieces for publication in a 2018 issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics by January 15, 2018, of roughly 4500 words, inclusive of endnotes.
We will provide travel and accommodations to selected scholars. Invited scholars are expected to attend the entire conference.
While all proposals relating to the Medicalization of Poverty will be considered, the conference organizers are particularly interested in receiving proposals on the following questions:

*   How can Big Data play a role here?
*   Community health needs assessments—who drives them and how they are done?
*   Models and measurements of community resilience
*   Is there a role for health systems to play and are there successful programs that should be scaled up?
*   Are we giving enough attention to mental health care and its effects on physical health? Are we giving the right kinds of attention to mental health?
*   What role does education and health education play in health outcomes that become to subject of medical/hospital care?
*   Is a convergence of health systems and public health systems needed or fruitful?

Please limit abstracts for your proposal to 250 words. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2017.  Submissions will receive a response by May 31, 2017.
Proposals should be sent to Professors Wilson and Shepherd at [email protected].   More information about the conference can be found at

Symposium Editors

Robin Fretwell Wilson<>, J.D.
Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law
Co-Director, Epstein Health Law and Policy Program
Director, Family Law and Policy Program
University of Illinois College of Law

Lois Shepherd, J.D.<> <>
Peter A. Wallenborn, Jr. and Dolly F. Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Professor of Public Health Sciences
Professor of Law
University of Virginia
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities


5th Annual Conference of International Association for Education in Ethics: Curricular Innovations in Ethics Education @ Center for Ethics at Yenepoya University
Nov 15 – Nov 17 all-day

The Center for Ethics at Yenepoya University in Mangalore, Karnataka, India will host the Fifth IAEE Conference in November 2017.

The theme of the conference is: Curricular innovations in ethics education.

The International Association for Education in Ethics (IAEE) was established in 2011 as a platform to promote education in ethics at a global level. Its objectives are:
* To exchange and analyse experiences with teaching of ethics in educational settings
* To promote development of knowledge and methods of ethics education
* To function as a global centre of contact for experts in this field
* To enhance the teaching of ethics at national, regional and internationals levels

17th Annual International Conference of the Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP) @ All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
Nov 19 – Nov 22 all-day

The 17th Annual International Conference of the Forum for Ethical Review Committees in Asia and the Western Pacific (FERCAP) is being hosted and co-organized by the Forum for Ethical Review Committees in India (FERCI) along with Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Batra Hospital from November 19-22, 2017.

The theme of this year’s conference is Strengthening International Research Collaboration through Good Ethical Practices.    This year’s conference aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • To describe and highlight concepts, initiatives, and best practices in research ethics in international collaboration
  • To describe the role of research ethics committees in promoting international collaboration
  • To describe the challenges and best ethical practices in various types of research within and outside of national boundaries
  • To describe the roles of various stakeholders (research ethics committee members, institutions, investigators, sponsors, patients and regulatory authorities) in promoting good research ethics practices within the context of globalization


Ethics Teacher Training Course at University of Otago’s Bioethics Centre @ University of Otago’s Bioethics Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand
Nov 20 – Nov 24 all-day

The Ethics Teachers’ Training Course is organized by UNESCO Jakarta Office and University of Otago’s Bioethics Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand, on 20-24 November 2017. It is designed to advance pedagogical capacity for ethics teaching and improve the quality of ethics education around the world. The Course offers a unique opportunity for participants from the Pacific region and from countries around the world to enhance their teaching capacities in ethics.

Ethics Teaching Training Courses is conducted by a team of experts with extensive experience in ethics education, including the faculty of the University of Otago.

A successful candidate for the Course will have a Master’s or higher degree (in areas such as law, medicine, philosophy, ethics, or social sciences), experience or future plans of teaching ethics, and a good command of English language.

Persons who want to register should fill out and send the application form to [email protected] as early as possible, and before the 30 July 2017 deadline. This form is also available on the dedicated UNESCO web site.  Applicants should also include a letter of intent (600 words) explaining why they wish to participate in the course and how they expect to benefit from it.

While the participation in the course is free, the participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation expenses for the training.

For more information: Please contact Mr. Irakli Khodeli at UNESCO Jakarta Office (i.khodeli(at); or visit the Jakarta Office Website.

 Deadline for application:  30 July 2017

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