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Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404

Join us for a Bioethics Panel Discussion:

Charlie Gard was born with a rare genetic disorder and lived for less than a year, but his life and death attracted worldwide attention when his doctors and his parents disagreed about his best interests. His parents wanted to bring him from London to the United States to try an unproven intervention, but the hospital caring for him sought legal authorization for palliative care and withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment. Heads of state, bioethics scholars, and the general public all joined in the ensuing discussion of futility, parental authority, and medical responsibility, ensuring that Charlie’s brief life and death will continue to teach us about the role of medical science in society. Reception to follow.

Panelists:

Chris Bishop, MD, MA, Neonatologist & Chair of the Ethics Consultation Subcommittee, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Chris Coughlin, JD, Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law

Kate Mewhinney, JD, Director, Elder Law Clinic, Wake Forest University School of Law

 

Moderator:

Nancy M. P. King, JD, Co-Director, Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health & Society & Graduate Program in Bioethics

 
Recent Events
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 @ Room 4001, 4th Floor, 525@Vine Street
Nancy King, JD,  Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine;  and Co-Director for the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society and Co-Director for the Master’s degree Program in Bioethics, Wake Forest University Refreshments to follow
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404
Mark Hall, JD,  Director of Health Law and Policy Program, Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law; Founding Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, and co-director, the Master’s degree program in Bioethics, Wake Forest University Refreshments to follow
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404
William A. Darity, Jr., PhD,  Samuel DuBois  Cook Professor of Public Policy,  Sanford School of Public Policy; Professor of African and African American Studies; Professor of Economics Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy;  Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center; Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, Duke University. Refreshments to follow.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404
Bruce Jennings, MA,   Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society and Department of Health Policy, Vanderbilt Medical Center; Lecturer, Yale University School of Public Health; Senior Fellow, Center for Humans & Nature in Chicago; Senior Advisor & Fellow, The Hastings Center. Refreshments to follow
Monday, April 25, 2016 @ Room 409, Benson University Center
Performed by Spring 2016 Performable Case Studies Class (BIE 727) The case concerns the ways in which a person who has been injured by a medical device or a questionable medical intervention can become a means to a lucrative end — “investment" or "claim asset” — due to the growing financial services practice of lending to plaintiffs and plaintiffs’ attorneys in class action litigation. Whether this is exploitative or empowers plaintiffs with pecuniary resources that would otherwise be out of reach — "leveling the field” — is one of a number of issues that the case study interrogates, through the experience of a medically and legally vulnerable patient. Refreshments to follow For further information about the Bioethics Seminar Series, please contact Stephanie Reitz: reitzsct@wfu.edu
Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ Kulynych Auditorium, Porter Byrum Welcome Center, WFU
For much of the 20th century, eugenics was a widely-accepted practice in the U.S., endorsed by the Supreme Court in the 1927 Buck v. Bell decision. Thirty states sterilized citizens with the aim of reducing poverty and getting rid of “the unfit.” North Carolina ran one of the most aggressive eugenics programs, sterilizing more than 7,600 men, women and children between 1933 and 1974. The State of Eugenics follows the journey of survivors, legislators, and journalists working together to obtain compensation for the survivors of these injustices.
Following the screening, Professor Melissa Harris-Perry will moderate a panel comprising the film’s director/producer Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, former chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Compensation Dr. Laura Gerald, Winston-Salem Journal editorial-page editor John Railey, journalist Tommy Tomlinson, and former N.C. Representative Larry  Womble
5:00 PM
Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium, Wake Forest University
Friday, February 24, 2017 @ Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Conference Center
Clincial Ethics Network of North Carolina Presents: Program Overview We are pleased to announce that the third statewide conference of the Clinical Ethics Network of North Carolina, “Conundrums in Clinical Ethics Consultation: Consciousness, Capacity, and Compulsion.” This event will take place on Friday, February 24, 2017, at the Conference Center of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This full-day conference will feature both large and small group sessions on leading topics in clinical ethics.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ Annenberg Auditorium, Carswell Hall, Wake Forest University

Marion Danis, MD, Head, Section on Ethics and Health Policy, Department of Bioethics, NIH Clinical Center

From the beginning of her medical career, Dr. Marion Danis has addressed important bioethics questions, examining both their bedside application and their institutional and social policy implications.  The issues she has considered include but are not limited to: health care rationing and resource allocation; health plan design and decision-making; global policy for Ebola virus treatment and prevention; and the scholarly and public responsibility of bioethics to address racism and its effects outside the health care system.  Healthcare inequality and lack of access are by no means the only deleterious effects of racism in society; her lecture considers why and how bioethics scholars and others should stand against racism today. Refreshments to follow Shuttle service: for service to/from Medical Center to IQ and for service to/from WFU from IQ: Down load shuttle App: http://translocrider.com/ For further information about the Bioethics Seminar Series, please contact Stephanie Reitz or 758-4256.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ Wake DownTown, Room 4503, 4th Floor, Boardroom

Gene Drives on the Horizon: Challenges in Science, Ethics, and Governance

Elizabeth Heitman, PhD, Program in Ethics in Science & Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Heitman has worked all over the world on education projects addressing responsible conduct of research, life sciences research with dual-use potential and biosafety and biosecurity implications, and curriculum development for the ethical review of research with human subjects. Her scholarship examines global standards in research ethics and responsible conduct of research education, and cultural issues and international aspects of ethics in medicine, biomedical science, and public health. Dr. Heitman co-chaired a committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine that undertook the responsibility of studying and making recommendations for the conduct of gene drive research in non-human organisms. The committee’s 2016 report is the focus of her lecture. Location Room 4802, 4th Floor, Auditorium, WFIQ/ Wake Downtown. Directions to Wake Downtown and P-8 Parking
5:00-6:00 PM
Refreshments to follow, Room 4503, 4th Floor, Boardroom by elevators, WFIQ/Wake Downtown, 455 Vine Street, Winston-Salem.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @

Magnolia Room, Reynolda Hall, Wake Forest University

  The debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during President Obama's administration and the ongoing debate over the future of the ACA today makes very clear how divided we are over who should fund health care and how, what it means to provide access to good quality health care, what choices individuals and families should have regarding their health care coverage, the obligations we have to others in our community, who counts as a community member, and the trade-offs we should make in shaping the U.S. health care system. At its heart, this divide is about different views on what sort of good health care is, what it is for, and how a health care system should and can work.  But that value question is rarely addressed head on in debates about whether the ACA should be replaced and, if so, by what.  The panel discussion and hands-on, interactive demonstration we have planned will help us explore these issues as a community. Dinner will be served from 5-5:30 pm. The panel and hands-on interactive demonstration will begin at 5:30 pm. Registration is required and space is limited:  https://wfu.cvent.com/d/wtqkf4/1Q

Panelists:

Christina M. Dalton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economic, Wake Forest University Mark A. Hall, JD, Professor of Law and Public Health, Co-Director, Bioethics Graduate Program, Wake Forest University Alana M. James, Associate Director, Engagement, Wake Downtown & Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Richard W. Lord, Jr., MD, MA​, ​Chair and Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Vice President for Clinical Operations of Population Health ​If you have any questions, please contact: Stephanie Reitz: reitzsct@wfu.ed or 336-758-4256

 

Am I My “Brother’s” Medical Keeper?

 

Tuesday November 14, 2017

Magnolia Room, Reynolda Hall

 

The debate over the Affordable Care Act during President Obama’s administration and the ongoing debate over the future of the ACA today makes very clear how divided we are over who should fund health care and how, what it means to provide access to good quality health care, what choices individuals and families should have regarding their health care coverage, the obligations we have to others in our community, who counts as a community member, and the tradeoffs we should make in shaping the U.S. health care system. At its heart, this divide is about differing views on what sort of good health care is, what it is for, and how a health care system should and can work.  But that value question is rarely addressed head on in debates about whether the ACA should be replaced and, if so, by what.  The panel discussion and hands-on, interactive demonstration we have planned will help us explore these issues as a community.

 

Dinner will be served from 5-5:30 pm. The panel and hands-on interactive demonstration will begin at 5:30 pm.

 

Registration is required and space is limited:  https://wfu.cvent.com/d/wtqkf4/1Q

 

Panelists:

Christina M. Dalton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economic, Wake Forest University

Mark A. Hall, JD, Professor of Law and Public Health, Co-Director, Bioethics Graduate Program, Wake Forest University

Alana M. James, Associate Director, Engagement, Wake Downtown & Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Richard W. Lord, Jr., MD, MA​, ​Chair and Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Vice President for Clinical Operations of Population Health

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​If you have any questions, please contact: Stephanie Reitz: reitzsct@wfu.ed or 336-758-4256