Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series

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



Date Topic Discussion
January 18 Metaphors in Medicine 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 Dan Navon, Sociology and Science Studies, UCSD
March 21 "Regulation of International Direct-to-Participant Research" 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 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?"

Reuven Brandt, Ph.D. Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy
June 21

No Meeting 

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

Faye Girsh, PhD, Former President of the Hemlock Society

November 15 Race and Medicine Michael O Hardimon, PhD, Professor of Philosophy


  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