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Wednesday Jun 19th, 2019—4:00pm to 5:00pm
Recent Updates in the Law: Public Health and Government Regulation of Behavior
Valerie Gutmann Koch, JD
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Join us as Valerie Gutmann Koch highlights recent updates in the law where public health officials and the government have taken steps to regulate behavior. A recent law in Arizona regarding the ownership of embryos is just one of the laws on this list.

Valerie Gutmann Koch is a Visiting Fellow at DePaul University College of Law and the Director of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. Professor Koch earned her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where she was the co-editor of the recent developments section of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Professor Koch iserves as the Chair of the ABA’s Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law and Co-Chair of the Law Affinity Group for the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities.


Wednesday Jul 17th, 2019—4:00pm to 5:00pm
Human research: What can we believe? How do we protect subjects? Reflections of a journal editor and former research subject participant.
David Sklar, MD
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Dr. David Sklar is editor of Academic Medicine and an emergency physician. He does research in health services and health professions education. He's former chair of emergency medicine and associate dean of graduate medical education at the University of New Mexico. He's a professor at Arizona State University in the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery and senior advisor to the university provost in health policy and health professions education and author of the book Atlas of Men.

Dr. Sklar asks that you please read Atlas of Men prior to session, if possible, as he will refer to it in his presentation. He will be discussing the following:

  • Ethics and research
  • History of human subjects protection
  • The use of expert review of research including decisions about publications and what we can do to publish more replicable and useful research

Wednesday Aug 21st, 2019—4:00pm to 5:00pm
Sex and gender: Binaries or bimodal?
Melissa Wilson, PhD
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Understanding sex as a biological variable (SABV) is now considered one of the top priorities of the National Institutes of Health, spanning all institutes. This is because for most of clinical genetics, only one sex was studied, and now drugs, treatments, and therapies are failing at higher proportions in the unstudied (or understudied) sex, typically women. Layering on top of this, is the recognition that sex chromosomes, reproductive hormones, and gender identity all play unique rolls in both how disease manifests, and how patients are treated. Dr. Wilson leads the discussion on sex and gender in human health. 

Melissa Wilson, PhD is a computational evolutionary biologist whose main research interests include sex-biased biology. She studies the evolution of sex chromosomes (X and Y in mammals), why mutation rates differ between males and females, and how changes in population history affect the sex chromosomes differently than the non-sex chromosomes. Generally she studies mammals and regularly engages the public in discussions about the difference between sex and gender, the importance (or not) of genetic inheritance, and understanding evolution.

News and Events


ASBH 21st Annual Conference

Thursday Oct 24th, 2019 to Sunday Oct 27th, 2019
8:00am to 5:00pm

 The ASBH 21st Annual Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, PA. This year the theme is: Remembrance and Resilience: How Bioethics and Humanities Can Move Us Forward.Proposals for panels, posters, and talks are open until March 4. More information on the ASBH website.

Human Rights in End of Life Care: Putting Theory into Practice

Thursday Jun 27th, 2019
8:00am

Sue Ryder is hosting a free conference on human rights in end of life care on Thursday 27th June 2019 in London. This ful1-day event builds on our February 2018 conference to explore further how applying a human rights approach to end of life care practice can help deliver person-centred and compassionate care. 

"Brain Death" A Medicolegal Construct: Scientific & Philosophical Evidence

Monday May 20th, 2019 to Tuesday May 21st, 2019
9:00am to 4:45pm

Travel to Rome for this discussion of Brain Death presented by John Paul II Academy.

Harvard Annual Bioethics Conference

Thursday Apr 11th, 2019 to Friday Apr 12th, 2019
8:30am to 5:30pm

Controlling Death: The policies, practices, and ethics of choosing when we die"This two-day conference will explore ethical, legal, and clinical aspects of evolving practices of euthanasia and physician-assisted death. How ought we to think about the choices of determining the time and manner of death for our loved ones, our patients, and ourselves? How should the health and legal professions respond to these rapidly evolving practices and choices? "

ASBH 2018 Annual Conference

Thursday Oct 18th, 2018 to Sunday Oct 21st, 2018
8:00am to 12:00pm

The 20th annual American Society for Bioethics and Humanities will be held October 18-21, 2018 in Anahiem, CA.  For the full conference theme, full session descriptions and travel/hotel information, please visit the ASBH website at the link above.

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