The theme for the 2019 Bioethics Symposium is "Reproduction and Research: Ethics and Pregnancy in Clinical Trials."

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The symposium is presented by the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. 

Event details

  • Date: Thursday, April 18
  • Time: 1-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC), Room 1306
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Following the keynote talks, the symposium will feature an IRB simulation in which expert panelists pull back the curtain on how Institutional Review Boards evaluate potentially controversial research protocols involving pregnant participants.


1-1:10 p.m.  Welcoming remarks
Robert N. Golden, dean, UW School of Medicine and Public Health 
1:10-1:20 p.m.  Essay Contest Winners and Introduction of Speakers
Paul Kelleher, PhD, associate professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics and Department of Philosophy at UW–Madison 
1:20-1:50 p.m. Making People: Mapping the Ethical Terrain
Rebecca Kukla, PhD, professor of philosophy, Gerogetown University 
1:50-2 p.m.  Topic Q&A 
2-2:05 p.m. Speaker introduction 
2:05-2:35 p.m. Substance Abuse Research in Pregnancy
Zachary Stowe, MD, professor of psychiatry, UW School of Medicine and Public Health 
2:35-2:45 p.m.  Topic Q&A 
2:45-3 p.m. Break (light refreshments served in the lobby) 
3-3:05 p.m.  Speaker introduction 
3:05-3:35 p.m. Pregnant Women and Research: Tackling the Complexities of Inclusion
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA, professor of social medicine and director of the Center for Bioethics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
3:35-3:45 p.m. Topic Q&A
3:45-3:50 p.m. Introduction to IRB Simulation
3:50-4:50 p.m. IRB Simulation
Alta Charo, JD (facilitator); Norman Fost, MD, MPH; Pilar Ossorio, PhD, JD; Karola Kreitmair, PhD; Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA; Rebecca Kukla, PhD; Zachary Stowe, MD
4:50-5:15 p.m. IRB Simulation audience discussion
5:15-5:30 p.m. Closing remarks

Keynote speakers

IRB Simulation Panel

Alta Charo, JD

Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics, UW-Madison