2019 Conference Call for Proposals

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 Call for Proposals

CBHD invites healthcare and other professionals, scholars, researchers, educators, and students to address questions associated with our conference theme — Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life — or to engage more broadly with other foundational and emerging bioethical issues raised at the intersections of medicine, science, technology, and our common humanity.


Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
26th Annual Summer Conference
June 20–22, 2019
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, USA




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 About the Conference


Join us for our 26th annual conference, Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life. Distinguished speakers examine foundational concepts and bioethical considerations related to death, dying, and end-of-life care and decision-making. Plenary sessions focus on theological foundations, contemporary cultural practices surrounding death and dying, the role of faith in end-of-life care, disparities in care, cost of care and patient goods, and lessons from the Netherlands for physician-assisted suicide.

Workshops and paper sessions explore 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. 

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s annual conference is a leading venue for Christian bioethical engagement, providing opportunities for equipping and education, professional development and academic engagement, as well as networking for professionals, researchers, policymakers, educators, and students across a variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

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 Christian 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 of no more than 250 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.
  • Include at least three (3) learning objectives. 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…."
  • 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 100 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 for the conference by March 1, 2019, and cover all travel and personal expenses.

All abstracts must be submitted online prior to November 11, 2018.

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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