Oregon Bioethics and Humanities Colloquium

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What does it mean to be human? Do we control our medical technology? Or does our technology control us? Is American health care just? If so, for whom? Join us at the Oregon Bioethics and Humanities Colloquium as explore these questions and many more. See series flyer here.

The Oregon Bioethics and Humanities Colloquium (OBHC) is an eight-part academic lecture series beginning in October 2021. The goal of the OBHC is to foster substantive inquiry, conversation, and education in biomedical ethics and medical humanism by bringing together scholars and students from diverse disciplines including medicine, philosophy, literature, sociology, religion, anthropology, health policy, and more. The OBHC aims to create an environment where critical examination of the human experience is the norm, and seeks to provide innovative perspectives on medicine and health— perspectives that will both challenge and edify all who attend.

Upcoming Presentation Spotlight

Please join us on Monday, November 8 from 12-1PM PT, for A Brain Organoid Created From My Cells? Ethical Challenges in Human Brain Organoid Research by Kate MacDuffie, PhD, MA, our guest lecturer from the Univeristy of Washington Autism Center and Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children's Hospital. Join via WebEx HERE.

Kate MacDuffie, PhD MA is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Autism Center and the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children's. Trained in clinical psychology and bioethics, Dr. MacDuffie's research is focused on understanding the ethical and social impacts of advances in neuroscience on children and adults affected by psychiatric, neurological, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. MacDuffie received the first neuroethics-focused K99/R00 Award through the NIH brain initiative to investigate the perspectives of biospecimen donors towards research using brain organoids. In her approach, she seeks to draw in and learn from the voices of those who are most likely to be most impacted by cutting-edge science, but who are not often included in the design, conduct and dissemination of such research. She uses a combination of qualitative, quantitative, and conceptual methods with the overarching goal of embedding the perspectives of research participants and other impacted stakeholders into the practice and process of neuroscience research.

2021-2022 OBHC Series Schedule

  • Monday, October 4 from 12-1PM PT - Are There Really Any Ethics Experts? by Heidi Funke, MN, MA, RN, HEC-C from Oregon Health & Science University. View the recording of this presentation HERE and access the powerpoint slides HERE

  • Monday, November 8 from 12-1PM PT - A Brain Organoid Created From My Cells? Ethical Challenges in Human Brain Organoid Research by Kate MacDuffie, PhD, MA from the Univeristy of Washington Autism Center and Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children's Hospital

  • Monday, December 6 from 12-1PM PT - The Clinical Utility Problem for Germline Genetic Interventions by Bryan Cwik, PhD from Portland State University

  • Thursday, January 13 from 12-1PM PT by Courtney S. Campbell, PhD, MA from Oregon State University

  • Thursday, February 17 from 12-1PM PT by Sarah Jean Barton, ThD, MS, OTR/L, BCP from Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Divinity School

  • Tuesday, March 1 from 8-9AM PT by Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR from the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

  • Thursday, April 14 from 12-1PM PT by Daena J. Goldsmith, PhD, MA from Lewis & Clark College

  • Thursday, May 19 from 12-1PM PT by William Sturkey, PhD, MA from the Univeristy of North Carolina

Please contact Megan Spickerman at helmme@ohsu.edu with any questions.