Bioethics & the Body


The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity 
28th Annual Summer Conference
June 24–26, 2021
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL


CBHD 24th Annual Summer Conference - Genetic and Reproductive Technologies

During our 28th annual summer conference, Bioethics & the Body, distinguished speakers examined foundational concepts and bioethical considerations related to the myriad of ways in which we view, interact with, manipulate, and analyze our physical bodies. Plenary sessions focused on understanding the human body through a theological lens, disability and issues of identity in bioethical context, the goals of medicine with respect to disease, pregnancy and prenatal testing, and the biological and technological merging of the human and nonhuman. Workshops and paper sessions explored additional issues from among the wide spectrum of traditional and emerging bioethical topics, ranging from beginning-of-life issues and dilemmas in clinical ethics to reproductive and genetic ethics, disability ethics, emerging technology assessment, historical analyses, philosophical foundations, policy considerations, and legal implications.

Conference Objectives:

Identify the prospects and challenges for the evolving landscape of bioethical engagement within the context of shifting global and societal realities and advances in medicine and biotechnology.

Explore & discuss the ethical implications of recent developments in medicine, science, and technology with respect to our individual and common humanity.

Evaluate contemporary bioethical discourses in light of ethical approaches that include philosophical, religious, and other perspectives from the medical humanities.

Promote interdisciplinary engagement on pressing bioethical issues.

Plenary Speakers


Preconference Workshop

Sponsored Workshops

  • Physician Rights of Conscience | Hosted by Christian Medical & Dental Associations
  • Bioethics & the Body in Maternity & Newborn Care | Hosted by Charlotte Lozier Institute
  • Over the Counter Abortion? | Hosted by American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists

 In Partnership with

American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynocologists   Americans College of Pediatricians   Americans United for Life   Christian Legal Society
Charlotte Lozier Institute   Christian Medical & Dental Associations   Intervarsity Nurses Christian Fellowship    

 Sponsored by

Americans College of Pediatricians            
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