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.

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 Don 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
September 20 TBA UCSD, MTF, Room 175 TBD
October 18 TBA UCSD, MTF, Room 175 TBD
November 15 TBA TBD TBD
December 20 No Meeting N/A N/A


Date Topic Discussion Leader
January 20 No BSS meeting in January N/A
February 17 Measuring Individual Privacy in the Context of Health Big Data Cinnamon S. Bloss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Department of Family Medicine & Public Health, Division of Health Policy, UC San Diego
April 20 Suspending Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitation (DNAR) Orders in the Operating Room: Ethical and Legal Perspectives Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Associate Professor of Surgery
May 18 Psychiatric patient records and the ethics of doing historical research in (post)colonial Southeast Asia Claire Edington, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UC San Diego
June 15

The Foreignness of Germs: Refugee Crises and Medical Detention

Andy Lamey, Ph.D., Philosophy Department, UC San Diego
July 20

No Meeting

August 17 No Meeting N/A
September 21 No Meeting N/A
October 19 HIV Research: Balancing Technology and Privacy in the 21st Century Susan Little, MD, Antiviral Research Center, Dept. of Medicine
November 16

Brain Trust:  Can We Believe Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings?

Lisa Eyler, PhD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry
December 21 No Meeting N/A