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Defining Death: Organ Transplantation and the 50-Year Legacy of the Harvard Report on Brain Death @ Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
Apr 11 – Apr 13 all-day
In 1968, a report from a Harvard Medical School committee proposed the concept of “brain death” as a new criterion for determining human death, making possible the procurement of “living” organs from bodies diagnosed as “dead” by neurological criteria.
This conference will:
  • Explore how the Harvard report impacted the development of organ transplantation
  • Examine the scientific and philosophical foundations for determination of death by neurological or circulatory criteria
  • Discuss the controversial case of Jahi McMath from the perspectives of neurology, bioethics, and society
  • Debate alternative views about the ethics of organ procurement
  • Consider the impact of new technologies—such as gene editing and 3-D printing—that could radically alter these debates by eliminating the need for human organ donors


Arete Medical Ethics Summer Seminar @ Duke University, Durham, NC
Jun 25 – Jun 29 all-day

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.

 Application Requirements and Instructions:
All applicants must submit the following forms and documents via e-mail to [email protected].

-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.


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