Past Events

EGR Past events

Last Mile photo
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Panel members:

Rajesh Panjabi, MD, MPH, CEO, Last Mile Health; Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Siri Suh, MPH, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Michael Westerhaus, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota; Co-director SocMed; Medical Director, Center for International Health

This forum features three professionals conducting work and research in different regions of Africa and on very different aspects of health and health care. Each of them will talk about their work, with an emphasis on how ethics informs it and how their work derives new questions about what ethics means, for whom, and why. After discussion among the three, we encourage audience participation in continuing to debate the meaning of ethics, and how the many issues relating to health care across Africa push us to consider ethics in new ways.

African Studies Initiative
Department of African American and African Studies
Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change

Institute for Global Studies
Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Working Group on Health Disparities, School of Public Health

Prof. Hans DeRuiter
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 12:15am to 1:30pm

Speaker:  Hans deRuiter, PhD
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota
Associate Professor, Minnesota State University

Richard R. Sharp, PhD
Ethical Dimensions of the White House Precision Medicine Initiative
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Room 2-690 Moos Tower, U of M East Bank Campus

Speaker:  Richard R. Sharp, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Ethics and Medicine; Director, Biomedical Ethics Research Program
Mayo Clinic

Dr. Sharp examined ethical dimensions of a major Federal research initiative in genetics. He described the research activities proposed and the current status of these new initiatives. Dr. Sharp considered ethical challenges related to data sharing, DNA biobanking, and reporting of research results to participants. Dr. Sharp also considered opportunities for situating bioethical analyses within the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Prof. dr. Guy Widdershoven
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 12:15am to 1:30pm

Speaker: Prof. Guy A.M. Widdershoven
Professor, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine; Head of the Department of Medical Humanities, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

In the Netherlands, end-of-life decisions are an important issue in societal debate. Euthanasia (the active ending of life by a physician on the patient’s explicit request) has become legalized as a consequence of this debate, but the debate continues. Is euthanasia allowed in dementia or in cases of elderly people for whom life has lost meaning? What is the relationship between euthanasia and palliative care?

Sponsored by Department of Political Science and Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota

Prof. Cong Yali
Featured speaker is Professor Cong Yali, Professor of Medical Ethics at Peking University Health Sciences Center
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

2-520 Moos Tower, East Bank Campus, University of Minnesota

Co-sponsors: Center for Bioethics, International Medical Education and Research Program (IMER),  and the Student Committee on Bioethics, University of Minnesota

Susan M. Wolf, JD
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

University of Minnesota
2-470 PWB
East Bank Campus
516 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Speaker:  Susan M. Wolf, JD
McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law, Faculty member, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota

When President Obama announced the new Precision Medicine Initiative in January, he recognized the enormous potential of genomic research and the growing role of genomics in clinical care. Both genomic research and genomic medicine are loaded with challenging ethical, legal, and social issues. In a series of NIH-funded grants beginning in 2005, Prof. Susan Wolf has been leading work on the question of how and when should genomic research results and incidental findings be offered to research participants, patients, and families. More recently, she has collaborated with other NIH-funded investigators in the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) Consortium to develop a new model of the ethics of translational genomics. That model envisions a central role for return of results in propelling progress from research to clinical integration of genomic sequencing. Prof. Wolf will illuminate these cutting-edge issues, analyze ongoing debates, and address the future of genomics in medicine and public health.

Co-sponsored with Law School, University of Minnesota

Sarah Gollust, PhD
The Bodies Politic: Chronic Health Conditions and Voter Turnout in the 2008 Election
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

University of Minnesota
2-530 Moos Tower
515 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Speaker:  Sarah Gollust, PhD
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics; Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Health policy researchers often evaluate the social and economic consequences of chronic illness, but they rarely consider the implications of chronic illness on one important form of political participation: voting. If chronic illnesses—already unequally distributed in society—are associated with differential rates of voter turnout, then these inequalities in democratic representation could, in turn, produce further health inequity.

In this talk, Gollust examined the associations between having diagnoses of five chronic conditions and turnout in the 2008 election. She discussed the implications of those findings within the context of health social movements, the role of health organizations in shaping political processes, and ethical questions about the boundaries of public health.

Co-sponsored with Division of Health Policy & Management; and Political Science, University of Minnesota

Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD
Brain Death: Clinician Duties to Accommodate Objections and "Treat" the Dead
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:15pm

Speaker:  Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD
Director, Health Law Institute; Associate Professor of Law; Hamline University School of Law

Co-sponsored with Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences; and Law School, University of Minnesota

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:15pm

Speaker:  Joan C. Tronto, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota; Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota

Co-sponsored with University of Minnesota Department of Political Science

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 12:15pm

Speaker:  Senator Claire Ayer, Addison County, Huntington Buels Gore; Assistant Majority Leader; Chair, Senate Health and Welfare Committee
Co-sponsored with University of Minnesota School of Nursing and Law School