Bioethics student, Kevin Brewer, speaks with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics of Harvard on “Margin, Mission, Morals and Moniker in Big Pharma”


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April 16 – Center for Bioethics co-sponsors Advance Healthcare Planning events in the community

The Center for Bioethics, Health & Society at Wake Forest University is co-sponsoring the Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, Novant Health, and Wake Forest Baptist Health, along with other regional hospitals, to lead a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare planning!  Do YOU have plans?


Specifically, on Wednesday, April 16 – National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), we are hosting events in Winston-Salem and Salisbury for the entire community.  These are free workshops, with both morning and afternoon sessions.  Participants will learn about the importance of advance healthcare planning.  Please share this information with your loved ones, co-workers, neighbors, and friends by forwarding this email.
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April 4 – Keeping it Fresh? Exploring the Relationship Between Food Laws & Their Impact on Public Health & Safety Symposium

The Center for Bioethics, Health & Society and the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy will be hosting this Symposium on Friday, April 4, from 8:45 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in room 1312, Worrell Professional Center.  The list of participants includes:

Tim Caulfield (LL.M.) – University of Alberta; Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health

Katherine Pratt (J.D./LL.M.) – University of Loyola Los Angeles; Professor of Law

Anne Barnhill (Ph.D.) – University of Pennsylvania; Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Vanessa Zboreak (J.D.) – Wake Forest University; Extended Faculty

Paul F. Campos (J.D.) – University of Colorado Law; Professor of Constitutional Theory & Legal Philosophy

Keynote address by Dr. Brian Elbel of NYU School of Medicine

For more information, please visit the Journal of Law & Policy website<>.

Everyone is welcome! Please feel free to join us for the entire event, or intermittently throughout the day.



8:30 a.m.         Breakfast and Check-In

8:45 a.m.         Opening Remarks by Dean Blake Morant

9:00 a.m.         Panel 1 – Anne Barnhill and Katherine Pratt

10:00 a.m.       Question & Answer Session for Anne Barnhill & Katherine Pratt

10:15 a.m.       Keynote Introduction by Provost Rogan Kersh

10:30 a.m.       Keynote Address – Dr. Brian Elbel

11:00 a.m.       Question & Answer Session to follow Keynote Address

11:15 a.m.       Panel 2 – Vanessa Zboreak

11:45 a.m.       Question & Answer Session for Vanessa Zboreak

12:00 p.m.       Break for lunch

1:30 p.m.         Panel 3 – Paul F. Campos and Tim Caulfield

2:30 p.m.         Question & Answer Session for Paul Campos and Tim Caulfield

3:00 p.m.         Conclusion

April 3rd – Bioethics Seminar – Scienceploitation: The Marketing of Unproven Stem Cell Therapies


Timothy Caulfield, BSc, LL.B, LLM, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy; Senior Health Scholar, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research; Professor, Faculty of Law and School of Public Health; and Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta

4:00-5:00 PM, Reception to follow

DeTamble Auditorium, Counselling, 1st Floor, Tribble Hall, Wake Forest University

March 26th – Bioethics Seminar – Ethics, Society, and Advances in Brain Science


March 26th 2014

Ethics, Society, and Advances in Brain Science

Judy Illes, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS, Professor of Neurology & Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, University of British Columbia

5:00-6:00PM , Reception to follow

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Wake Forest University

Bioethics Alumni Spotlight of the Quarter – January 2014 – Kristen Boswell Coggin, MD




Kristen Boswell Coggin MD (MA’12) is the youngest partner at Cape Fear Neonatology Associates, a 44-bed NICU at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC.  Within the field of neonatology, she is one of a few in North Carolina with any formal training in bioethics.  Her MA in Bioethics makes her the “go to” person when ethical dilemmas arise, an “expert” status that urges her to continually advance her knowledge in bioethics.  Such “expert” status is fun and exciting, yet the intersection of neonatology and bioethics offers many challenges.  While some may turn the other way, Kristen walks directly into the ambiguous intersection, the precise place in which she had hoped to land.

Kristen has long had an interest in ethics and a desire to unite ethics with her profession.  Growing up in eastern North Carolina she received her undergraduate and medical degrees from East Carolina University, a school that embraces ethics education and makes bioethics an integral part of its curriculum.  At East Carolina University, Kristen was first introduced to Dr. John Moskop.  Dr. Moskop played a fundamental role in furthering Kristen’s interest in ethics and challenging her to stand in the intersection of neonatology and bioethics.  After completing her pediatric residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kristen wanted to delve further into the depths of bioethics and continue her studies with Dr. Moskop, who was now teaching in the Bioethics Master’s program at Wake Forest.  

Kristen completed her neonatology fellowship at Wake Forest University.  Most neonatology fellows traditionally fulfill the “scholarly activity “requirement through research; however, Kristen believed that a solid foundation in bioethics would best serve her professionally and personally.  Now in practice, and standing in the intersection of neonatology and bioethics, Kristen knows she made the right decision.  Kristen “believes wholeheartedly that [she] is a better physician for having completed [her] degree in bioethics because it allows [her] to practice both the art and science of medicine in a more comprehensive and thoughtful way.” 

Because of her degree from Wake Forest University, Kristen feels better equipped when she finds herself in the exciting, yet challenging, role as “expert.”  Kristen anticipates that advances in technology will increase the frequency of bioethical dilemmas in neonatology and that undoubtedly more questions of justice will arise.  As doctors are forced to consider whether something should be done simply because it can be done, Kristen hopes to stand alongside her peers and “be a leader – both in the asking and answering of such questions.”  Kristen believes that her background in bioethics will continue to provide a solid foundation as she stands in the intersection of bioethics and neonatology and makes the bioethical aspects of her work a priority in the provision of patient care.

Kristen resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband Myers and daughter.       

February 6th – Bioethics Seminar – Is There Anything Wrong with Altering Human Nature?

February 6 2014:

Is There Anything Wrong with Altering Human Nature?


Gerald McKenny, PhD, Walter Professor of Theology, Notre Dame University

3:30-4:30 PM, Reception to follow

DeTamble Auditorium, A (center) Wing, 1st Floor, Tribble Hall, Reynolda Campus

Dr. Ana Iltis publishes in JAMA Psychiatry, October 2013

Ana Iltis, Associate Professor of Philosophy, was first author on a paper that just appeared  in JAMA Psychiatry (formerly Archives of General Psychiatry). The paper, “Addressing Risks to Advance Mental Health Research,” provides mental health researchers with practical approaches to identify, communicate, manage and justify research risks.

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Bioethics Alumni Spotlight of the Quarter – October 2013 – Emily Hoppes


Emily Hoppes graduated with her MA in Bioethics from Wake Forest University in 2011.  As a member of the Peace Corps, Emily lives in a tiny village in Tanzania with no electricity or running water, has learned to speak the local language, and attempts to fully integrate herself into the community.  Upon graduation, Emily was excited to take her new knowledge to Africa and apply it to the Peace Corps.  Once she arrived in Africa, however, she found the problems she had hoped to address were much more complicated.   As an avid blogger, Emily struggled to find the words to describe her experiences.  Yet, Emily notes, her bioethics education prepared her for such a complex task: analyzing and interpreting problems.  Emily quickly found that her bioethics education affected and influenced her everyday life in Africa because it taught her “to look at every angle, look through every lens, and leave nothing out, because that one small thing could make all the difference.”  Her MA in Bioethics helped her to document experiences and reflect on even the most extended problems.  Emily’s reflections stem from her identity as a MA in Bioethics graduate, a passionate Catholic, and a current Peace Corps volunteer.  Her reflections can be found at  

2nd Annual Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Bowl – 2 March 2013


The 2nd annual student healthcare competition where students from several disciplines from Appalachian State University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Wake Forest University and Winston Salem State University, collaborate to solve a healthcare case in front of a live audience.

2nd Annual MACHE Bowl video, with participants from the WFU Graduate Program in Bioethics participating: