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LawSeq National Conference @ Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This is a free conference and webcast.

Research on genomics and the application of genomics in clinical care is increasingly important. However, the law underlying genomics is currently unclear, poorly understood, and contested. This conference will present the efforts of the LawSeq project to map and shape the law of genomics and build a solid foundation for clinical integration. Principal Investigators, Working Group members, and other top legal and scientific experts have been compiling, collecting, and analyzing current US federal and state law and regulation on translational genomics. This event is an opportunity to hear their thinking on genomics medicine, learn about empirical research they’ve conducted, and inform consensus guidelines.

Registration for in-person participation begins at 7:15 and includes a light breakfast, also available starting at 7:15, and a networking lunch at 12:00pm.

This event is part of the NIH-funded LawSeq project based at the University of Minnesota and Vanderbilt University, with national collaborators. LawSeq is dedicated to building a sound legal foundation for translating genomics into clinical application.

American Medical Association (AMA) Credit Designation Statements
An application will be submitted to the University of Minnesota for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

An application for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be filed.

To learn about hotel options, parking and transit, visit the event home page here.

The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare @ New York University Center for Bioethics
Apr 26 all-day

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems have the potential to dramatically improve health outcomes for patients by analyzing enormous amounts of data, identifying patterns and predicting results. To succeed, though, these systems need access to personal and group health data and use complex algorithms that are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to understand. This creates a potential conflict with current ethical standards for the treatment of patients, which emphasize fairness, consent, and privacy. In this workshop hosted by the NYU Center for Bioethics, leading AI scientists, philosophers, and bioethicists will explore the following issues:

a) Bias in machine learning algorithms has led to discrimination in areas such as criminal sentencing, predictive policing, and hiring decisions. While healthcare poses some similar dangers, it often presents very different challenges. For example, data from clinical trials can discriminate against women, racial minorities, and the elderly because these groups are less likely to participate in trials, potentially leading to AI algorithms privileging treatment options optimized for specific demographics. If so, what are some ways to minimize harmful algorithmic biases specifically in healthcare?

b) In a number of contexts such as criminal sentencing, the predictive capacity of AI is not the only metric for success; we must also know how a decision was made in order to be able to explain those decisions. But while explainability may be required in such contexts, is it a necessary requirement for gaining the informed consent of patients? If it is, does the explanation have to include the causal relationship between symptoms and diagnosis/treatment, or can the connection be merely correlational? Does the explanation have to be intelligible to patients, to doctors, or even just to machine learning technicians? If certain diagnoses/treatment tools cannot meet the required standard of explanation, should we revert to more explainable but less predictive machine learning tools?

c) As with other applications of AI, realizing the benefits of these technologies in healthcare requires access to the vast quantities of data, raising concerns of data privacy. Respecting patients’ privacy remains one of the core values in health care. At the same time, as AI systems continue to develop, we may need to balance privacy concerns with novel medical innovations that can potentially save many lives. Can machine learning help us achieve both objectives? Or must there inevitably be a tradeoff?

The Learning Healthcare System: Ethical Issues @ Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Goldwurm Auditorium - 1st Floor
May 3 all-day

An annual series of day-long conferences, which attract a broad audience of 150-200 participants, including physicians, medical students, nurses and other health care providers, scientists, lawyers, academics, and graduate students. Speakers come from medicine, philosophy, government, and law. Each year’s conference focuses on a single timely issue. Past topics have included medical professionalism, organ transplantation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Transgender medical care. The proceedings of many of these conferences have appeared in special issues of The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine.


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?


The Science and Ethics of Human/Animal Chimera Research @ Harvard Medical School, TMEC 227
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Stem cell-based human/animal chimera research involves the transfer of human stem cells into animal hosts at various stages of development. The purpose of this research is to introduce localized human biological characteristics into laboratory animals to advance stem cell science, developmental biology, and many areas of biomedicine.

Human/animal chimera research has existed without much controversy for decades outside of stem cell research, resulting in, for example, mouse models of human cancer and the human immune system. However, the possibility of acute levels of human/animal mixing in stem cell-based chimeras is of special concern.

Insoo Hyun and Willy Lensch will discuss the scientific and ethical issues raised by stem cell-based chimera research, drawing on years of Dr. Lensch’s chimera research experience and Dr. Hyun’s published work and externally funded bioethics research in this area.


Ethics in Healthcare 2019 @ Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
May 21 @ 7:30 am – 4:15 pm

The Program in Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host its annual one day conference on May 21, 2019 in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF), Room 2117. This conference is designed to help healthcare professionals meet the challenges of the increasing number and range of ethical challenges in healthcare as they surface in their work as clinicians, members of ethics committees or ethics consult teams, and administrators.

Participants made the conference a genuine time of engagement, rather than just an opportunity to be informed. We all benefited from the wealth of experience, depth of insight, and range of perspectives they brought to our discussions. We look forward to Ethics in Healthcare 2019!

Intended Audience:  Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Chaplains, Attorneys, Physician Assistants, Trainees, Students, and Others

Provided by:  The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the Program in Bioethics and Humanities.

Conference Director:  Lauris C. Kaldjian, MD, PHD

Conference Coordinator:  Joyce M. Craig


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.


Neurotechnology for High-Consequence Communication and Decision-Making @ Commerce Court West, 5th Floor
Jun 5 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Neurotechnology is advancing at an astonishing pace which will bring massive benefits to people disadvantaged by disease, disability or injury. But where we rely on neurotechnology to enable communication, the stakes are high.

Experts from industry, academia and legal professions will come together to discuss the social and ethical implications of neurotechnology relating to health, crime, and civil and disability rights.

This 1-day conference is being organized by the International Neuroethics Society and Cognixion, and will be held June 5, 2019 in Toronto, Canada, from 8:30am–5:30pm (EDT), followed by a reception. Speakers to be announced.

The program will be of particular interest to:

  • Neurotechnology industry professionals
  • Neuroscientists and neurologists
  • Psychologists and psychiatrists
  • Lawyers and lawmakers
  • Civil and disability rights professionals
  • Ethicists and philosophers

Sessions will explore the implications of neurotechnology in issues such as:

  • Law
  • Life planning
  • Disclosure of abuse
  • Consent
  • Medical assistance in dying


CBHD 26 Annual Summer Conference – Taking Care: Perspectives at the End of Life @ Trinity International University
Jun 20 – Jun 22 all-day

Join us for our 26th annual conference, Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life. Distinguished speakers examine foundational concepts and bioethical considerations related to death, dying, and end-of-life care and decision-making. Plenary sessions focus on theological foundations, contemporary cultural practices surrounding death and dying, the role of faith in end-of-life care, disparities in care, cost of care and patient goods, and lessons from the Netherlands for physician-assisted suicide.

Workshops and paper sessions explore additional issues from among the wide spectrum of traditional and emerging bioethical topics, ranging from beginning-of-life issues and dilemmas in clinical ethics to reproductive and genetic ethics, disability ethics, emerging technology assessment, historical analyses, philosophical foundations, policy considerations, and legal implications.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s annual conference is a leading venue for Christian bioethical engagement, providing opportunities for equipping and education, professional development and academic engagement, as well as networking for professionals, researchers, policymakers, educators, and students across a variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

Conference Objectives:

Identify the prospects and challenges for the evolving landscape of bioethical engagement within the context of shifting global and societal realities and advances in medicine and biotechnology.

Explore & discuss the ethical implications of recent developments in medicine, science, and technology with respect to our individual and common humanity.

Evaluate contemporary bioethical discourses in light of ethical approaches that include philosophical, religious, and other perspectives from the medical humanities.

Promote interdisciplinary engagement on pressing bioethical issues.

Ethics Simulation Conference: Practicing End of Life Conversations @ Michael and Judith Wright Family Pediatric Simulation Center - Children's Minnesota
Jun 27 @ 8:00 am – Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm

The Ethics Simulation Conference features evidence-based training the skills required to have difficult end of life conversations. The unique curriculum features the combination of embedded everyday ethics principles alongside hands on simulation based practice of concrete skills with a coach providing real-time feedback. With knowledge and skills gained through this course, participants will be equipped to have difficult end of life conversations in various healthcare settings, keeping the foundational ethical principles in mind.


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.


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.


Defining Moments in Pediatric Bioethics: Future Insights From Past Controversies @ Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle, Washington
Jul 19 – Jul 20 all-day

Some medical cases not only test our beliefs and principles as pediatric caregivers but also exemplify the vital need for bioethics as a discipline. This conference will examine the historic pediatric cases that have captured the attention of the public and the bioethics community, shaping the way issues in pediatric bioethics are understood and analyzed to this day.

Speakers will tell the stories of these seminal cases providing historical and contextual background, as well as discuss how each case impacted philosophical theories, altered legal and ethical thinking and informed current medical and clinical ethics practice. Finally, we will examine the lessons that these important cases hold for the future of pediatric bioethics.

Join us for our 15th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference where we will wrestle with questions such as:

  • Are children with disabilities less deserving of life-saving treatments?
  • Can a teen refuse life-sustaining interventions?
  • How do we assess suffering in an infant?
  • Should disability affect candidacy for a transplant?


33rd European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare: Philosophy and Ethics at the Edge of Medicine @ University of Oslo, Norway
Aug 7 – Aug 10 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.


3rd International Conference in Bioethics in the New Age of Science @ University of Belgrade, Serbia
Oct 10 – Oct 11 all-day

BNAS 2019 explores the ethical and legal problems in bioethics in the context of the new challenges generated by the scientific discoveries of the 21st century. The aim of the conference is to facilitate the multidisciplinary approach of bioethical issues by uniting specialists from bioethics and its connected fields through the four main subjects of the conference: bioethics and medical ethics; ethical aspects in biomedical technology and research; bioethical education; bioethical committees.


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