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Sixth Annual Bioethics Symposium


Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC), Room 1306

750 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705

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The theme of the Sixth Annual Bioethics Symposium is "Sex, Drugs and Sports: Ethical Controversies in Athletics." 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.


Featured Presentations


Welcome Remarks and Symposium Introduction

“Anti-Doping and Sports: Protecting the Rights of Clean Athletes”

  • Travis T. Tygart, chief executive officer, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Perhaps most famous for his agency’s investigation of professional cyclist Lance Armstrong, Tygart serves as an advocate for the integrity of sports and clean athletes.

“Banning Drugs in Sports: A Skeptical View”

  • Norman Fost, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and bioethics, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and critic of bans on PEDs. He has appeared on ESPN and HBO, and appears in the 2008 documentary “Bigger, Faster, Stronger.”

“The Shame of College Sports”

  • Taylor Branch, MPA, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian. Author of “The Cartel,” a retitled publication of his article first published in The Atlantic magazine, which has been called “the most important article ever written on college sports.”

“Do Athletics Belong at a University of the First Rank?”

  • Walter Dickey, JD, George H. Young Chair, University of Wisconsin Law School. Past chair of the UW Athletic Board, faculty athletic representative to the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.

“Problems with ‘Gender Verification’ of Elite Female Athletes”

  • Katrina Karkazis, PhD, MPH, medical anthropologist, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. Author of “Out of Bounds? A Critique of the New Policies on Hyperandrogenism in Elite Female Athletes.”

“Male or Female: Hormones Matter”

  • David Allen, MD, professor of pediatrics and division chief of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and past chair of Pediatric Endocrine Society.

“Ethical Issues in Sports Medicine: A Physician’s Reflections”

  • Greg L. Landry, MD, professor of pediatrics and orthopedics, head medical team physician, UW athletic teams, and team physician for the 1992 Winter Olympics.

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