News & Events


FDA slams fertility doctor for marketing '3-parent-baby' technology. Leigh Turner, Center for Bioethics, is quoted. BuzzFeed. ...

Leigh Turner in the news

The rise of unproven stem cell therapies turned this obscure scientist into an industry watchdog. Leigh Turner, PhD, associate professor, Center for Bioethics, is mentioned. Science Magazine.


Amos Laar, MA in Bioethics alumnus, and Debra DeBruin, faculty co-authored Key populations and human rights in the context of HIV services rendition in Ghana published in BMC International Health and Human Rights 2017; 17:20.

Here’s how local TV news is making it harder for the Senate to repeal Obamacare. The piece is co-authored by Sarah Gollust, PhD, Center affliate faculty and associate professor in the School of Public Health. ...


Jonathon P. Leider, former Center research assistant, Debra DeBruin, faculty, and Nicole Reynolds, MA student were three of the contributing authors to have a publication Ethical Guidance for Disaster Response, Specifically Around Crisis Standards of Care: A Systematic Review accepted in American Journal of Public Health, on-line.




Upcoming events

Jerome Singh
Friday, September 15, 2017 -
12:15pm to 1:30pm

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

Vector-Borne Diseases and Gene Drive
 Jerome Singh, BA, LLB, LLM, PhD, MHSc, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); Joint Center for Bioethics, University of Toronto

Prof. Singh provides Ethical, Legal, Social Issues (ELSI) support to the Gates Foundation and its partners on gene drive research and its applications. In short, using a promising new technology called CRISPR/Cas9 to do targeted genome editing on mosquitos so that they produce male offspring (thus driving the species to extinction and, in the process, eliminating the spread of a disease), scientists will soon be field-testing these GM mosquitos in various settings. As you can imagine, this technology raises several ELSI issues 

  • Do we have the moral right to alter ecosystems? 
  • How do we deal with non-consensual communities or individuals in a field trial context, how do we engage with communities regarding this technology?
  • How do deal with reparations if a field trial goes wrong, etc.   
Nneka Sederstrom
Friday, November 10, 2017 -
12:15pm to 1:30pm

3-100 Mayo, U of M East Bank Campus

The Girl with the DNR Tattoo

Presented by: Nneka Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM
Director, Clinical Ethics Department, Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota and Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics

What truly is a patient's right to self-determine? Can an advance directive take any form? This talk will look at the complexities of autonomous decision making and end of life through the eyes of a young adult expressing her wishes in the form of a tattoo.