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Seventh Annual Bioethics Symposium


Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC), Room 1306

750 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705

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The theme of the Seventh Annual Bioethics Symposium is "Challenging the Norm: Fostering Ethics", which covers a myriad of topics revolving around hospital ethics committees and research ethics, among others. The symposium is presented by UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Medical History and Bioethics.


Bioethics SymposiumThe event will feature discussion and presentations for students, faculty, health care providers and the community.


Admission is free.


Not able to attend in person? Watch the live video stream or view the presentations in our video library one week after the event.


View videos from past Bioethics Symposiums


Featured Presentations


Welcome Remarks and Symposium Introduction

Protecting the Vulnerable: Creation of Hospital Ethics Committees

  • “Baby Doe and the Need for Hospital Ethics Committees,” John Robertson, JD, University of Texas School of Law at Austin
  • “Ashley Revisited: Growth Attenuation and Children with Severe Developmental Disability,” Douglas Diekema, MD, MPH, professor of pediatric bioethics and emergency medicine at the Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • “Pediatric Transplants: Children as Donors and as Recipients,” Lainie Ross, MD, PhD, professor of clinical medical ethics and pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine

The Perils of Knowledge and its Pursuit

  • “The Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Trial: An Ethical Precedent,” Benjamin Wilfond, MD, director of the Treuman Katz Center for pediatric Bioethics and attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • “Current Controversies in Whole Genome Sequencing,” Ellen Wright Clayton, MD, JD, professor of pediatrics, professor of law and co-founder of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University

Not Dead Yet

  • “A Vision of the Future,” Daniel Wikler, PhD, professor of ethics and population health and co-director of the Program on Ethical Issues in Health Research at the Harvard School of Public Health

An Irreverent Benediction

  • Norman Fost, MD, PhD, professor emeritus of bioethics and pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and longtime commentator on ethical and legal issues on topics such as research and genetic screening, performance enhancing drugs, growth hormones and the definition of death

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