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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,

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.

AHCAHEC Graduate Tyler Van HeestCenter for Bioethics 2014 MA graduate Tyler Van Heest recently spoke at the Honoring Choices Minnesota 5th Annual Conference. His presentation was titled “Emerging Voices.” In it, Tyler described how he helped to plan a highly successful interdisciplinary medical, nursing, bioethics, and social work end-of-life care symposium earlier this year for University of Minnesota students. Tyler and a group of medical and social work students have also developed an advance care planning patient-centered program at Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, a student-run free clinic in Minneapolis, MN.

Leigh Turner, PhD, is featured in an article in City Pages regarding the Markingson investigation.

Steven Miles, MD, is quoted in Vice News about the use of lubricants in force feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Prof. Wolf to lead legal & ethical analysis of DNA nanotechnology

Prof. Susan Wolf is collaborating on a newly funded project on “DNA Nanotechnology: Developing and Analyzing a New Tool for Sensing and Targeting Disease.” This 2-year project, funded by the University’s MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research competition, is led by Prof. Efie Kokkoli (Chemical Engineering & Materials Science), with Profs. Karen Ashe, Scott McIvor, Walter Low, Ted Labuza, and Wolf serving as Co-PIs. Prof. Wolf will be leading the project’s work on the ethical, legal, and societal implications of cutting-edge technology combining DNA and nanostructures to treat brain diseases and to detect allergens in food production.

Steven Miles, MD, is featured in a story on Fox News about shock punishment used at the Judge Rotenberg Center.

Congratulations to Center for Bioethics alumnus (and current first year medical student) Ben Rosenstein! Ben was recently awarded a scholarship from Honoring Choices Minnesota, to attend “First Steps Facilitator Training” regarding end-of-life choices.





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