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The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s 25th Annual Conference: Bioethics & Being Human
Join us for our 25th annual summer conference, as we explore anew our individual and common humanity in light of the ever-evolving developments in medicine, science, and technology. Plenary speakers will address being and remaining human in an age of science and technology, genetics, neuroscience & the BRAIN Initiative; bioethics in literature and pop culture; human rights & dignity; and theological examinations of contentment, human flourishing, particularity, and embodiment as they relate to bioethics.
Engage more personally in workshops and parallel sessions on a wide spectrum of perennial and emerging issues in contemporary bioethics relevant to professional practice, public policy, scholarship, the classroom, and making moral decisions in everyday life.
Plenary speakers include Christina Bieber Lake, PhD; Dennis Hollinger, PhD; C. Christopher Hook, MD; Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD; Paul Scherz, PhD, PhD; Read Mercer Schuchardt, PhD; Michael Sleasman, PhD; Pia de Solenni, SThD; Morse Tan, JD; and Stephen Williams, PhD.
Conference workshops are sponsored by leading organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom, American Association of Prolife OB|GYNS, Americans United for Life, Charlotte Lozier Institute, and Joni & Friends. These workshops include sessions on rights of conscience, disability, pain management & addiction, among others.
Conference rates are reduced in honor of CBHD’s 25th anniversary. Continuing Medical Education credit is pending and expected to be available.
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity is a Christian bioethics research center at Trinity International University committed to anticipating, interpreting, and engaging the pressing bioethical issues of our day from a Judeo-Christian Hippocratic perspective.
Arete Medical Ethics Summer Seminar
June 25-June 29, 2018 | Duke University, Durham, NC
A seminar for students of medicine and nursing
This seminar invites students to examine the central ethical questions that arise in the everyday practice of medicine and to interpret those questions through a moral framework drawing from both natural law and medicine’s traditional orientation toward the patient’s health. This framework will be contrasted with principlism and consequentialism as participants consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal, and how medicine contributes to human flourishing.
The seminar will consider common clinical ethical cases to examine perennial ethical concerns that arise in the practice of medicine, including: the nature of the clinician-patient relationship; the limits of medicine, the meaning of autonomy, the place of conscience in the physician’s work, the difference between an intended effect and a side effect, proportionality, human dignity, sexuality and reproduction, the beginning of life, disability, end-of-life care, and death. The purpose of the seminar is to equip participants with intellectual tools that can help physicians discern how to practice medicine well in the face of medicine’s clinical challenges and moral complexities.
Farr Curlin, MD, Duke University
Christopher Tollefsen, PhD, University of South Carolina
This seminar is open to entering and current medical students, as well as nursing students
Registration Fee and Facilities
A $200 non-refundable registration fee will be required of all accepted students. All other expenses, including room and board for the duration of the seminar, are covered by the Arete Initiative.
-Curriculum vitae or resume, including your nationality.
-Cover letter discussing the reasons for your interest in the seminar, an overview of any relevant experience in the seminar’s topic. Please explain how you found out about the seminar.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 26th, 2018.
The delivery of healthcare is practiced increasingly within a multicultural context. Patients and their healthcare providers may not share the same cultural or religious belief systems, which can lead to challenges in finding a shared understanding of illness and negotiating a treatment plan that satisfies the ethical constraints of all parties — particularly in the case of a child patient with a parent decision maker.
Commonly accepted ethical principles and practices related to disclosure, truth-telling, confidentiality, fidelity and refusal of important medical care may be challenged by families who hold beliefs that differ from those of the provider. Is there room for compromise? When compromise is not possible, whose belief system should prevail? How can providers better communicate with patients of divergent cultural backgrounds?
What factors should be considered in deciding whether to respect a parent’s refusal to consent to important medical treatment?
What is the best way to communicate with a parent who is refusing an important medical intervention for their child based on religious or cultural reasons?
When is it appropriate to withhold a diagnosis from a child at the parents’ request?
Should family requests for a healthcare provider of a different gender or race be permitted?
Join us for our 14th annual pediatric bioethics conference, where we will discuss ethical issues raised when patients and healthcare professionals have conflicting belief systems.
This is a course about history, ethics, and policies of biomedical research involving human beings. Students will be introduced to evolution of social attitudes towards research enterprise. We follow the development of research ethics from researcher paternalism, through scandals and tragedies, to the most recent call for learning healthcare systems.
The course will present the most important questions of research ethics: What are the basic ethical principles for biomedical research? What constitutes informed consent? How to justly enroll participants into biomedical research? What is exploitation in the context of medical experimentation? Should research be an instrument of social justice in the world of inequalities? What is the age of consent/assent in case of research participation? What are the additional ethical considerations in low-income settings? Do researchers have the same moral obligations as physicians? What is the difference between research and practice of medicine?
Students will also be introduced to the legal regulations of research involving humans in the EU and the US, as well as to the most influential ethical guidelines concerning research (e. g. the Declaration of Helsinki, the Belmont Report, the Oviedo Convention, CIOMS Guidelines). The course is designed so that students will not only acquire knowledge and information, but also enhance their discussion and presentation skills, reading with understanding, and logical reasoning skills.
This conference will be organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon. The relationships between medicine, arts and the humanities are multifaceted owing to the intricate ways in which they reflect and are conditioned by basic traits of the human condition. Art, humanities and medicine have pivotal roles in shaping our cultural and individual self-understanding. Medicine, whilst being regarded as a dominantly scientific endeavour, is also referred to as the art of healing. At least some medical illustrations and 3D models can arguably be seen as art. In addition, cosmetic dentistry and surgery are informed by aesthetic criteria. Vice versa, art can be seen as a form of therapy. The humanities, finally, play an increasingly important role in both medical education and clinical practice. In a time of kaleidoscopic change in medical research, clinical practice and healthcare systems, the focus of this conference is on medicine and its relations with the arts and the humanities. 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.
- Childhood & adolescence
- Love, sex & reproduction
- Mortality and death
Arts and medicine
- Literature and medicine
- Music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature and their role in supporting health and wellbeing
- Popular culture
- Narrative medicine
- Life cycle and human condition: Between biology and biography
- Health narratives and the fabrication of truth
- Shaping identity and reconfiguration of medicine
- Art, science-fiction, scientific imagination
Humanities and medicine
- Medical and health humanities
- Film and theatre studies
- Religious/theological studies
- Medical anthropology
Hope between uncertainty and complexity
- Progress and sustainability
- Artificial intelligence in medicine /health care
- Robotics (care, social and/or sex robots)
- Cybersex, cyborgs, cryonics and solitude
- Transhumanism and science fiction
- Intellectual property and conflict management
- Creativity, censorship, viability and sponsorship
- Decoding, artification of medical objects
- Access to, dispersion and disposal of medical collections
- Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations
Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Bioethics is proud to host Innovations in Clinical Ethics: A Working Un-Conference. The event will bring together experienced clinical ethicists from diverse healthcare systems for a purposeful and productive two days of promoting the cross-pollination and idea generation of innovative practices in clinical ethics consultation. There will be no plenary didactics or traditional presentation formats.
The event’s emphases will be on:
- in-person peer-to-peer solution-sharing and problem-solving through structured and facilitated crowdsourcing
- targeted lightning talks on cutting-edge practices in clinical ethics consultation
- collaborative workshopping, constructive conversation and relationship-building, and other opportunities for concrete idea development
- capturing collective knowledge generated through the use of scribes and digital tools for the benefit of attendees’ clinical ethics programs
- culmination in an enduring work product, such as a series of whitepapers or publications
Please plan to join us in Cleveland from the evening of August 26 through the afternoon of August 28, 2018. Professional clinical ethicists who lead clinical ethics programs or serve on ethics consultation services will benefit most from this un-conference.
A pre-conference workshop through Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication is being planned during the day on August 26, 2018. More information regarding how attendees will shape the agenda of this un-conference, registration fees, and other event details to come.
The 24th World Congress on Medical Law and Bioethics (www.wcml2018.com) will take place in Tel Aviv from 2-5 September 2018. The main themes of the Congress are Ethical and Legal aspects of Forensic Medicine, Mental Health, Humanitarian Medicine, Health Professions, Ageing and Public Health.
Participants are also encourages to submit their papers to The Davies Awards competition (on the Rights to Health, Old Age, Gerontology, Law and Ethics and Public Health, Law and Ethics) or to the young Scholars competition (under 36 years).
At its core, medicine is a practice of attending to those who suffer. Christians know that “those who suffer” are the neighbors we are called to love, even those in whom Jesus visits us (Mt. 25: 34-46). Who is equal to such a task? What does it look like when done well? What practices strengthen us for this sacred work? Join us in September as we wrestle with these questions, seeking to receive from God gifts that will renew us in our vocations as health care practitioners.
Over 3 days and 2 nights, on the campus of Duke University, nurses, physicians, therapists, students, chaplains, other health practitioners, and spouses will gather:
- To tune our eyes and hearts to see how God is present in our work in health care
- To engage scripture, theology, and Christian history—open to how our imaginations and our practices might be transformed
- To grow in friendship with one another in the context of shared meals, conversation, prayer and worship
- To rest, reflect, and respond to God’s love for us and for our world.
The main goal of this course is to enhance your skills in doing research and writing research papers. The course gives you not only practical knowledge and information, but also allows to practice and master your writing skills. The lectures, discussion and exercises will concern the key elements of research project: writing a research proposal, designing a research plan, choosing a journal, writing a paper, dealing with reviewer and promoting your work through social media.
The workshop is a result of collaboration between the University of Leuven (Belgium) and the Jagiellonian University Medical College (Poland).
Submissions of abstracts are welcome for the 8th Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, to be held September 13-14 in Kalamazoo, MI. The Call for Abstracts is available here: www.wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u755/2018/MedHum2018.jpg.
The eighth annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference (September 13-14, 2018) is seeking abstract submissions that showcase innovative approaches to the arts, languages, and philosophies that guide society in a rapidly changing medical landscape. This gathering is convened yearly to discuss perspectives on the intersection of the practice of the humanities and the practice of medicine.
It has become a commonplace that medicine is as much art as science, as much about curing the patient as curing the disease. But it is precisely in these points of intersection that inspiration occurs and healing happens. We are seeking presentations, workshops, and panels involving history of medicine, arts in medicine, health narratives, medical ethics, medical anthropology, religious approaches to health, health education, and conceptions of wellness, as well as multidisciplinary approaches to the medical humanities.
Submissions should include name, department/institutional affiliation, project title, and an abstract not to exceed 500 words. Proposals should be submitted electronically by May 15 in either .doc/.docx or .pdf format to [email protected].
Please indicate which theme the abstract falls under (e.g., philosophy/ethics, clinical practice, religion, conceptual or empirical research. performance/visual arts, history, etc.) Accepted presentations will be notified by June 1; conference registration will be required of all presenters.
We are committed to making the conference as accessible as possible. In order to achieve this aim, please include a separate document with your name and any access-related information you wish us to know. It will be shared solely with the organizers.
Join more than 600 practitioners, policymakers, lawyers, advocates and researchers in public health and other sectors at the 2018 Public Health Law Conference to learn about, and connect on the critical issues that impact the health of our communities.
The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Annual Conference connects individuals and groups across many disciplines, all with interest in clinical and academic bioethics and health-related humanities. The conference provides a platform for presenting new ideas, debate, discussion, learning and networking with other professionals in related fields.
After participating in this meeting, attendees should be able to:
- Discuss emerging issues in bioethics and the medical humanities
- Discuss and apply recent research findings related to bioethics and the medical humanities
- Reflect on the issues related to the future and uncertainty in bioethics and the medical humanities
Session topics include:
- Clinical ethics and clinical ethics consultation
- Religion, culture and social sciences
- Arts and literature
- Philosophy and history
- Research ethics and empirical research
- Law, public health policy, organizational ethics
- Education and inter-professional studies
- Diversity, disparity and inclusion
The UNESCO Chair in Bioethics (Haifa) will hold the World Conference in Jerusalem during November 27-29, 2018. The aim of the Conference is to serve as an international platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
The Conference will be held in collaboration with the World Medical Association, the World Federation for Medical Education, the International Federation of Medical Students Associations, and other leading organizations. The Heads and the members of more than 170 Units of the Chair from all over the world will attend the Conference. Hundreds of experts from various disciplines are expected to join them and enrich the scientific program.
The Congress Organising Committee takes great pleasure in inviting you all to the 14th World Congress of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference. The Congress theme is ‘Health for All in an Unequal World: Obligations of Global Bioethics’.
2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which laid a foundation for the highest attainable standards of health. It will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration, in which the world pledged “Health for All” by 2000. More recently the chief of WHO issued a call for universal health coverage, drawing attention to issues around equity in health systems, including health systems research.
Despite several gains in health research and healthcare, we as a global community have not been able to achieve equitable healthcare systems so far. Global bioethics ought to be squarely addressing health inequity in an interconnected but unequal world. We are witnessing the emergence of the stronghold of the private corporate sector on the one hand and health conditions requiring huge investments in research on the other hand. Alongside, we observe growing inequities in the health status of human populations, growing conflicts, increasing episodes of natural disasters and adverse economic situations directly impacting the purchasing capacity of common people. The inequity in access to healthcare continues as much in the global North as the global South. In this context, the global bioethics community needs to engage with and strengthen the scholarship in the field of enquiries such as ‘justice’ and ‘solidarity’ in the coming times.
We sincerely hope that you will join us to bring your own voice into multidisciplinary conversations on the Congress theme. Needless to say, the Congress is open, as has always been the case, for debates and conversations on other wide-ranging themes from the broader discipline of bioethics.
The Congress will be held at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. Bengaluru, known as a leader in information technology, is teeming with multidisciplinary educational institutions and a metropolitan culture of performing arts and literature. Home to scenic gardens and interesting heritage sites, it is blessed with a year-round moderate climate. In December, Bengaluru enjoys a mild winter.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Congress.
Congress Organising Committee