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This is the third session of the Center for Bioethics' Mini Bioethics Academy, designed for people to learn about and foster discussion on bioethical challenges in today's society. Mini Bioethics Academy is open to anyone interested in learning more about bioethics.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
2-690 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Session Description: We are in the midst of the worst measles epidemic since it was declared to be eradicated in 2000.  There is greater vaccine hesitancy and refusal among parents, namely due to a perception that the risk of vaccine preventable diseases is low and that there are significant risks associated with vaccines.  Despite data to support the safety and efficacy of vaccines, there remains a small but vocal community of activists opposed to mandatory childhood vaccination. Dr. Jennifer Needle will address how these misperceptions came to be, the impact they are having on public health today, and address two key ethical questions: 1) do parents have a moral duty to vaccinate their children and 2) what is the appropriate response from the medical community regarding parents who refuse to vaccinate their children?

Talk by Jennifer Needle, MD, MPH

Register here: https://www.tickets.umn.edu/UMATO/Online/article/BioethicsMBA2019

Individual Sessions:
Adults/General Public: $10 Advance / $15 at Door
Students: $5
Online registration ends at 4:30 pm the night before. Walk-in registration begins 6 pm the day of the event.

Seating is limited; advanced registration is encouraged. 

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This is the second session of the Center for Bioethics' Mini Bioethics Academy, designed for people to learn about and foster discussion on bioethical challenges in today's society. Mini Bioethics Academy is open to anyone interested in learning more about bioethics.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
2-690 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Session Description: Health researchers have studied “stem cell tourism” to clinics in countries such as China, India, Mexico, Thailand, and the Ukraine but more recently, studies have found hundreds of clinics here in the U.S. selling unapproved and unproven stem cell interventions. Many of these clinics do not sell FDA-approved stem cell products or have credible  evidence supporting their marketing claims.  This direct-to-consumer approach to selling unproven and unlicensed cell-based products prompts troubling concerns about patient safety, the manipulation of hope in advertising, and the gap between the current state of stem cell research and the purported therapies these clinics market.

In this talk, Leigh Turner, PhD, will describe the U.S. direct-to-consumer marketplace for stem cell interventions and explore ethical issues related to the increase in U.S. clinics selling stem cell treatments. The presentation will also cover regulation of stem cell-based products, FDA enforcement activity, and lawsuits filed by former patients of U.S. stem cell clinics. 

Register here: https://www.tickets.umn.edu/UMATO/Online/article/BioethicsMBA2019

Individual Sessions:
Adults/General Public: $10 Advance / $15 at Door
Students: $5
Online registration ends at 4:30 pm the night before. Walk-in registration begins 6 pm the day of the event.

Seating is limited; advanced registration is encouraged.

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This is the first session of the Center for Bioethics' Mini Bioethics Academy, designed for people to learn about and foster discussion on bioethical challenges in today's society. Mini Bioethics Academy is open to anyone interested in learning more about bioethics.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
2-690 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Session Description: We know that what impacts health lies largely outside of normal healthcare delivery. We call these the negative social determinants of health. One in six people with low incomes need legal help to overcome these determinants and improve their health. Restoring food stamps when wrongfully denied to a diabetic can eliminate the need for a kidney transplant. Demanding that a landlord remove mold from substandard housing can reduce the need for emergency asthma care. Such interventions can also reduce overall healthcare costs. Healthcare Legal Partnerships exist to meet needs like these by adding lawyers to the healthcare team in various settings. The University of Minnesota helped pioneer this model of care in the 1990s. The HLP Collaborative in Minnesota was founded by nursing educator Dr. Eileen Weber, who is also an attorney, so HLPs in our region can share best practices and increase awareness, education and outreach of this effective interprofessional care model. Her presentation will offer HLP strategies and resources to help those who work to advance health equity.

Upper Midwest Healthcare Legal Partnership Learning Collaborative Report

Register here: https://www.tickets.umn.edu/UMATO/Online/article/BioethicsMBA2019

Individual Sessions: 
Adults/General Public: $10 Advance / $15 at Door
Students: $5 
Online registration ends at 4:30 pm the night before. Walk-in registration begins 6 pm the day of the event.

Seating is limited; advanced registration is encouraged.

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Friday, April 19, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Moos Tower 2-520 515 Delaware Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455

Speaker: Jennifer Needle, MD, MPH | Assistant Professor, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota

This event occurred on Friday April 19 as part of the Ethics Grand Rounds series. You can find the recording of this event here.

Advance care planning supports patient-centered decision-making by discussing goals, values, and preferences for future medical care.  This process involves three key stakeholders: the patient, their surrogate decision-maker, and their clinicians. How do the stakeholder roles change when the patient is an adolescent who has the capacity but not the legal right to make medical decisions?  Dr. Jennifer Needle, a Pediatric Intensive Care physician from the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and faculty member in the Center for Bioethics, will address this question from the perspectives of these stakeholders in the context of adolescent advance care planning. She will review the literature on the benefits and barriers to effective advance care planning, discuss clinician, patient, and surrogate perspectives on medical decision-making in adolescent patients, and discuss future areas of research to support adolescent patients and their families in making informed medical decisions.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Minnesota's Medical School.

No reservation required. Questions? Contact the coordinator at: jaco0947@umn.edu

 

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Mayo 3-100 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN

Join us on Friday March 8 for an Ethics Grand Rounds talk with our alum, Dr. Frazier Benya: 

 Ethics Grand Rounds header with fuzzy backgroundDr. Benya will discuss the recent National Academies report that examines the effect of sexual harassment on women in scientific, technical, and medical fields in academia. Dr. Benya will share strategies and practices that can be used to prevent and address this discriminatory behavior, and discuss the research that supports these approaches.

No reservation required. Questions? Contact the coordinator at: jaco0947@umn.edu


This event is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota School of NursingThe Center for Women in Medicine and Science, and the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine department

Click here to access event flyer

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Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

Moos Tower 2-690
515 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 

One hour of CEU credit is available for this event.  Registration is free but required. Register here. 

Informed consent requires that research participants understand the study under consideration and appreciate its implications for their interests. Therapeutic misconception – which occurs when individuals confuse the purposes of clinical research with standard clinical care – compromises informed consent. Clinical Pediatrics Fellow Dr. Bryan A. Sisk of Washington University expands the discussions beyond therapeutic misconception in clinical trials by explaining multiple ways in which understanding and appreciation of information about a clinical trial can be undermined. He offers a framework of therapeutic misperceptions to assist researchers in managing challenges to the informed consent process. By the end of this talk, attendees will be able to do the following: 

1. Identify two components of decisional capacity
2. Discuss challenges of therapeutic misperceptions in the clinic-research setting 
3. Explore a framework of therapeutic misperceptions  
 

This activity is designed for physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Assorted light snacks and beverages will be provided.


Parking: The closest parking options are Washington Avenue Ramp  and East River Road Garage 

ADA Access info: Access via east side entrance and south side power door entrance, Access via tunnel from Phillips-Wangensteen building, Elevators, Adapted restrooms 

 

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm

3-100 Mayo, U of M East Bank Campus

Climate Justice: A Bioethics Perspective

Speaker:  Andrew Jameton, PhD
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics, UMN; Professor Emeritus, College of Public Health University of Nebraska Medical Center

The background to justice in bioethics revolves around fair access to costly health care resources. Meanwhile, social movements emphasize economic, racial, and identity inequalities within the United States. The demands of climate change add conceptions of justice: environmental justice, intra-specific justice, global inequality, differential responsibility for climate change, and generational justice. How are we to sort out these different emphases? Meanwhile, the rate of climate change is accelerating, and 27 years of negotiations has yielded no actual reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions. While we argue, inevitable misery is mounting up unjustly for young people and future generations.

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.

 
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
Speaker:
 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.   
Jochen Vollmann
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm

5-125 Moos Tower, U of M East Bank campus

Palliative Care Exceptionalism? A Broader Perspective on End of Life Care and Modern Medicine

Presented by:  Jochen Vollmann, MD, PhD
Professor, Medical Ethics, Director, Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, and President, Center for Medical Ethics, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Palliative care is an innovative and growing field focussing on life-threatening illness and on the relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. In this “holistic” approach palliative care differs from science based modern medicine and shows similarities to other “holistic” approaches to the patient as a subject as well as to pre-modern medicine. Professor Vollmann discusses from his ongoing research palliative care exceptionalism and a broader perspective on end of life care and modern medicine and its’ consequences for future health care.

Seminars are free and open to the public.

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