Beyond Our Beginnings: 50 Years of Bioethics Conference

We hosted a one-day conference surveying the past, present, and future of bioethics scholarship, practice, and policy.


The conference, organized by the Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society, featured senior scholars whose work has shaped the field.  The program included philosophers, historians, social scientists, and lawyers, all of whom have been instrumental in creating and sustaining the field of bioethics.  They reflected on where we have been and where we should be going.

A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the work of the Hastings Center.

The conference took place on Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, NC.  It was accessible to all with any level of bioethics interest and knowledge, and it was open to the general public.

The Center for Bioethics, Health & Society wishes to thank the following sponsors for their generous support:

From our partners at Wake Forest University:




8:30 am: Welcome
Nancy M. P. King, JD (Wake Forest School of Medicine) &  Ana Iltis, PhD (Wake Forest University)

9 -10:30 am: Panel Session 1 – Clinical Ethics
Larry R Churchill, PhD (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, emeritus)
Loretta Kopelman, PhD (Georgetown University, Adjunct & Brody Medical School, East Carolina University, Emerita)
John Moskop, PhD (Wake Forest School of Medicine)
Moderator: Lisa Rasmussen, PhD (UNC-Charlotte)

11:00 am -12:30 pm: Panel Session 2 – Health Policy & Justice
Mark A. Hall, JD (Wake Forest Schools of Law and Medicine)
Mary Faith Marshall, PhD, FCCM, (University of Virginia School of Medicine)
Rosemarie Tong, PhD (UNC-Charlotte, Emerita)
Moderator: Christine Nero Coughlin, JD (Wake Forest University School of Law)

1:00 pm-2:15 pm:  Luncheon Plenary Session
James Childress, PhD (University of Virginia, Emeritus)
Moderator: Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA (Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Berman Institute of Bioethics)

2:30-4:00 pm: Panel Session 3 – Research Ethics
Eric T. Juengst, PhD (UNC School of Medicine)
Nancy M. P. King, JD (Wake Forest School of Medicine)
Christine Grady, MSN, PhD (NIH Clinical Center)
Moderator: Ana Iltis, PhD (Wake Forest University)

4:15-5:45 pm: Panel Session 4 – Disparities & Health Equity
Paul Lombardo, JD, PhD (Georgia State University School of Law)
Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD (Duke University)
Patricia King, JD (Georgetown University School of Law)
Moderator: Rebecca Walker, PhD (University of North Carolina School of Medicine)

5:45 pm: Concluding Questions & Comments
6:00-7:00 pm: Reception

Registration Closed.


The Beyond Our Beginnings: 50 Years of Bioethics Conference took at Graylyn International Conference Center.  Other hotels in Winston-Salem can be found here.