Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series

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The UCSD Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series meets once monthly for faculty, staff, and students to discuss selected ethics topics.

This series is co-sponsored by the UCSD Institute for Practical Ethics. 

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (MTF) at UCSD in the Medical Teaching Facility (Map), Room 175. 

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Date Topic Location Discussion
January 18 Metaphors in Medicine UCSD, MTF, Room 175 Lawrence M. Hinman, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego
February 15 Consumer eugenics? Uncertain dilemmas and the population-level implications of non-invasive prenatal genetic testing UCSD, MTF, Room 175 Dan Navon, Sociology and Science Studies, UCSD
March 21 "Regulation of International Direct-to-Participant Research" UCSD, MedEd MET 145 Mark A. Rothstein, J.D., Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. 
April 19 A contemporary epidemic: Methamphetamine use and chronic heart disease UCSD, MTF, Room 175 David Shaw, MD, MBA, FACP, FACC
Director of Medical Education, Scripps Mercy Hospital
May 17

“Three-parent Children: Is there a right to know one’s donor?"

UCSD, MTF, Room 175 Reuven Brandt, Ph.D. Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy
June 21

No Meeting 

UCSD, MTF, Room 175 N/A
July 19 "The CA End of Life Option Act - What We’ve Learned in Year One” UCSD, MTF, Room 175 Lynette Cederquist, MD., Chair, UCSD Hospital Ethics Committee
August 16 No Meeting N/A N/A
October 18 Euthanasia UCSD, MTF, Room 175

Faye Girsh, PhD, Former President of the Hemlock Society

November 15 Race and Medicine UCSD, MTF, Room 175 Michael O Hardimon, PhD, Professor of Philosophy
December 20 No Meeting  N/A N/A


Date Topic Location Discussion
January 17 TBA UCSD, BRF2 Room 1102  Dan Hallin, UCSD, Dept. of Communication
February 21 Art and Medicine UCSD, BRF2 Room 1102  Ted Meyer, LA artist,
March 21 TBA UCSD, BRF2 Room 1102  TBA
April 18 TBA UCSD, MTF, Room 175 TBA
May 16


UCSD, MTF, Room 175

Dan Brudney, University of Chicago, Prof. of Philosophy, Associate Faculty, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. 


June 20 TBA UCSD, MTF, Room 175 TBA