Mini Bioethics Academy 2013
Mini Bioethics Academy Series on "Bioethics Challenges in Today's Society"
The Center for Bioethics Mini Bioethics Academy this Spring is for anyone who is interested in learning about the bioethical issues of our time.
We’ve gathered some of our top-notch faculty members to help explore these timely topics in a series of three Wednesday-evening seminars. Join us for one or more sessions.
When: Wednesdays, April 10, 17, 24, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Fairview Community Center, 1910 County Road B West, Roseville, MN.
Cost: Advance registration is $20 per session or a discounted rate of $50 for all three sessions. U of M students receive a reduced rate of $10 per session or $25 for all three. Same day registration: $25 per session at door, space available.
Register here: registration form
“Happiness is a Warm Gun": Bioethics and Gun Policy
Gun violence is a public health problem in terms of causing deaths and injuries. Having a gun in the house is a risk factor for death or injury. Physicians commonly assess for risk factors (biological, like cholesterol), behavioral (like using seat belts). Does clinical ethics (rules for how physicians act) have a legitimate role to play in reducing gun violence?
Steven Miles, MD, Professor of Medicine and Bioethics; Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics, University of Minnesota Medical School; and Internal Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center
"Can Your Genes Be Patented?"
Your genes are the key to your individuality, but they also contain both scientifically and financially valuable information about the risk, onset, progress, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases and disorders such as cancer. This information can be of value to you, your family, your doctor, the biomedical research community, biotechnology companies, the pharmaceutical industry, patient communities, and the public at large. Given the potential for conflicting interests, how should we govern the ownership and patentability of genes and genetic information?
Leili Fatehi, JD, Research Fellow, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
"At Home and in the Hospital: Ethics of Eldercare"
Today’s health care advances mean that people are living much longer than in past generations. With new treatments and technologies, our country is experiencing a new generation of elders. But what are the challenges for families and institutions that deal with an aging population? How do we help each other navigate the path between independence, dependence and interdependence?
Edward Ratner, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School; Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota