Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series

The UCSD and Donald Shapiro 2008-2009 Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series is supported by a generous gift from The Institute of Health Law at the California Western School of Law (CWSL), which co-sponsors with UCSD a Master's Degree in Health Law. It 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. at UCSD in the Medical Teaching Facility (MTF), Room 175. To subscribe/unsubscribe to the ethics-l mailing list, please go to

2009 Topic Discussion
January 21 Where's The Justice? The Ethics of Medical Tourism for Organ Transplantation Rev. Donald B.  Stouder, 
M.Div., PCS,
Lifesharing Organ & Tissue Donation
February 26 Sociological reflections on ethics, embryonic stem cells and translational research Prof Steven Wainwright
King’s College London, University of London 
March 18 Recovering (Chinese) Ethnicity in the Body Worlds and Copycat Exhibits: Context and Controversy Surrounding the Sourcing of Bodies for Display Larissa Heinrich, Ph.D.
Dept of Literature, UCSD  
April 15 Ethical Issues in Brain Imaging Research Lisa T. Eyler, Ph.D 
VA SD, Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) 
May 13 10th Anniversary Celebration:
Looking Forwards and Backwards

Please note change in regularly scheduled day &
change in location: UCSD Faculty Club
Special Guests
Food and Drink
Historical Reflection  
June 17 The UC Vendor Relations Policy:
There Is No Such Thing as Free Lunch
  Larry S. Friedman, M.D.
July 22 Stem Cell Research:
New Developments/ New Challenges
Please note change in regularly scheduled day
Evan Snyder, M.D., Ph.D.
Burnham Institute  
August Summer break - no meeting  
September 16 Entrepreneurs and Regulators:
Can They Get Along? 
  Jack Fisher, Emeritus
October 21

Ethics and the New UCSD 
School of Medicine Curriculum

Jess Mandel Undergraduate Medical Education, UCSD
November 18 Family and Preventive Medicine
Whistle-Blowers in Public Health:
Ethical and Scientific Challenges 
 Wael Al Delaimy, MD, PHD
December 16 Physician Appeals to Conscience: 
Sorting the Real from the Counterfeit
Mary Devereaux, PhD


The UC San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians

The UC San Diego School of Medicine designates this educational activity for one credit per hour of Category 1credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.


  1. To increase awareness of the ethical dimensions of research, clinical practice, and teaching. 
  2. To increase discussion and understanding of the ethical dimensions of research, clinical practice and teaching.