Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series

The UCSD and Donald Shapiro 2012-2013 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. 

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Date Topic Discussion
January 16, 2013 Newborn Screening:
How Much Data is Too Much?
Michael Kalichman,
Director of Research Ethics Program;
Mark S. Pian, M.D.
February 20 Global Health Governance: Human Rights in the War on Drugs Katherine Pettus, Ph.D.
March 20
(Change back to regular date)
Conflicting interests for 
academic-industry collaborations
Michael Kalichman, Ph.D.
April 17
Change in location. 
Will be at M.E.T. 143
Imaging in Art – A Century of New Ways of Seeing
From the Armory Show Through Today
Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles
May 15 Resident Training and Patient Protectinons
Conflicting Obligations?
Tim Barounis, M.D.
June 19 Patient or provider:
Who is responsible for clinical outcomes?
David C. Chang, PhD
Director of Outcomes Research
July 17 Public Health Surveillance 
in Global Health Policy
Michael J. Selgelid
Director of Center for Human Bioethics,
Monash University
August No Meeting ---
September No Meeting ---
October 16 Bioethical Issues in Clinical Biospecimen Research London Carrasca, MPH RN, Rady Children's Hospital
November 20 Jewish and Islamic Ethical Perspectives on hSC Research Bernard L. Epel,
Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University
December 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 1 credit 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 teach