2018 Conference Call for Proposals

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Call for Proposals

 Call for Proposals

Submissions closed November 15, 2017 and are currently being evaluated


Bioethics & Being Human
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
25th Annual Summer Conference
June 21-23, 2018
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, USA

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 About the Conference

Conference Statement:

Our 25th annual summer conference updates the exploration of our individual and common humanity in light of the ever-evolving developments in medicine, science, and technology. Plenary topics will include sessions that frame discussions of being and remaining human in an age of science and technology,  genetics, neuroscience & the BRAIN Initiative; bioethics in literature and pop culture; human rights & dignity; and theological examinations of contentment, human flourishing, particularity, and embodiment as they relate to bioethics. Workshops and parallel sessions will explore a wide spectrum of perennial and emerging issues in contemporary bioethics pertinent to professional practice, public policy, scholarship, the classroom, and moral decisions in everyday life.

Conference Objectives:

Identify the prospects and challenges for the evolving landscape of bioethical engagement within the context of shifting 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.

 Submission Guidelines


All serious proposals relevant to the study of bioethics are welcome, particularly those in the following subject areas:

  • General Bioethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Disability
  • Emerging Issues in Bioethics
  • Empirical Research
  • Global Bioethics and/or Public Health
  • Medical Humanities
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Philosophical and/or Theological Engagement
  • Public Policy and/or Biolaw
  • Research Ethics
  • Technology Assessment
  • Women's Health

All proposals are evaluated through a blind review process based upon addressing one or more of the conference objectives. Identifying information must not be included in the abstract.

  • All contributed papers and posters must be submitted as abstracts 250-300 words in length and include a formal title. Proposals should include a list of materials to be drawn upon. All serious proposals relevant to the study of bioethics are welcome and need not be related to the conference theme.
  • A CV or resume, for each presenter and co-author, must be submitted along with the abstract. Include name, credentials, institution name, city, and state, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
  • Include a short bio not to exceed 200 words in length.
  • CBHD has a "two submission" rule. You can submit no more than two abstracts (including posters). This rule does not apply to co-authors of posters and papers.
  • In order to present a paper or poster, participants must register & pay for the conference by Monday, May 14, 2018, and cover all travel and personal expenses.

All abstracts must be submitted online prior to November 15, 2017.

Additional Requirements for Continuing Medical Education Eligible Proposals

All proposals appropriate for continuing medical education (CME) should specify at least three learning objectives.

Guidelines for CME learning objectives:

  • Begin each objective with a verb.
  • Construct each objective from the point of view of the attendee by completing the following sentence: "At the end of this session, attendees will be able to…"

Indicate CME core competencies this proposal is designed to address

  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-Based Practice
Instructions for Paper Presentations

Oral Presentations of contributed papers will be 20-25 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Instructions for Poster Presentations
  • Poster presentations will be displayed in a prominent area at the conference to maximize their impact. The advantage of a poster is that conference attendees will be able to view them over an extended period of time.
  • Posters must be no larger than 42" x 54".
  • Make sure posters are readable from at least 5 feet away.
  • A session will be provided during the conference for poster contributors to present their work.

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