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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR BTHX Bioethics Courses Fall 2014

Bioethics Courses Fall 2014


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The University of Minnesota’s Consortium on Law and Values will host its 15th Annual conference on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This year’s conference will tackle an issue of growing urgency: Should genomics researchers and biobanks offer individual research results to a participant’s family members, including after the participant’s death?

While research ethics and privacy law protect individuals, genetics are shared. Biological family members will have some proportion of their genes in common, giving them a stake in learning a relative’s results. This conference will present the first consensus recommendations on sharing these individual research results and incidental findings.

To learn more about the conference and to register,

Center for Bioethics Interns Have Worldwide Experience

AHCBIOETHICS 2014 Interns Kirstin Almos and Kristin ChuStudents Kirstin Almos, Kristin Chu, and Samantha Gerhardson realized the opportunity to combine their educational backgrounds with real world experience by interning at the Center for Bioethics over the summer. From shadowing clinical ethical consultations to gaining face to face exposure with pediatric patients, they have been researching ethical issues in health care.

AHCBIOETHICS 2014 Interns Samantha GerhardsonSamantha, a second year medical school student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, worked with Center faculty member Jennifer Needle, MD to write a publication on the use of ventricular assist devices in pediatric care. They explored the idea of informed consent and whether parents and patients are aware of the long term effects these devices can have on the child.

Samantha believes that her time meeting patients and their families helped her gain experience with and thinking about the ethics of her work, an area that hasn’t been a focus in her studies thus far. “You lose the human part of being a doctor if you take the ethics out of it” says Samantha.

Kirstin and Kristin, both undergraduate students, worked under the guidance of Center faculty member Joan Liaschenko, PhD, RN, FAAN. Together, they reviewed qualitative date from focus groups about how the switch to an electronic health record affects the relationship between nurses and patients. They also had the opportunity to join Professor Liaschenko on clinical ethical consultations with families.

“This internship has been a great learning experience,” says Kristin. “It’s allowed me to get face-to-face patient experience and to see what happens behind the scenes.”

Steven Miles, MD, was quoted in The Des Moines Register on transparency in human research trials.

Center for Bioethics Director and Associate Professor Debra DeBruin recently delivered Grand Rounds for the Department of Medicine. Her presentation was titled “Chasing Virtue, Enforcing Virtue: Social Justice and Conceptions of Risk in Pregnancy.”

Carl Elliot, MD, PhD, was featured in an article on MinnPost about the recruitment of the homeless for drug testing.

Carl Elliot, MD, PhD, was quoted in an article on BioEdge.org about the US Clinical Trials Industry.

Carl Elliot, MD, PhD, wrote an article that appeared in Medium.com regarding drug testing on homeless people.

An article written by Steven Miles, MD, appeared in MinnPost about Seward Coop policy on Eden Food.

Steven Miles, MD, is featured in an article in CityPages.com about local co-ops and Eden Foods, a company that won't provide insurance for contraceptives to female employees:

Steven Miles, MD, even a Guantanamo nurse refuses to force-feed prisoners. Dr. Miles comments in Truthout.





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