Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series

The UCSD and Donald Shapiro 2010-2011 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

2011 Topic Discussion
January 19 Science for Human Rights: 
Security and Humanitarian Aid?
Eric L. Michelsen, Ph.D.
February 16 Constitutional (and other) Challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Will it Survive? Susan Channick, MPH, JD
March 16 Research Using Vulnerable Populations Michael Caligiuri, Ph.D.
April 20 New Screening Tests for Alzheimers: What Should We Tell Patients? John Daly, MD
May 18 Cultural and Contextual Relativism in Health Research Dena Plemmons, Ph.D. and Mari Luisa Zuniga Ph.D.
June 15 Patenting Genes: Legal and Ethical Issues Len Deftos, MD, JD, LLM
July 20 Ethical Challenges in Taking Action to Prevent Violence by Students, Faculty or Staff Phillip Van Saun and Karen Calfas, Ph.D.
August 17 *No Meeting* -
September 21 Cell Phones Cannot Cause Cancer Bernard Leikind, Ph.D.
October 19 Financial Conflicts of Interest: An ethical quagmire Douglas Magde, Ph.D.
November 16 Medical and Scientific Reporting: Authors, Contributors, Guest or Honorary "Authors", and Ghostwriters. Ronald B. Miller, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, UCI
December 14 *No Meeting* -


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.