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Our Preconference Workshops explore practical dimensions of topics that are at the forefront of contemporary conversations in bioethics. The workshops are designed to be interactive and are an opportunity for collegial engagement and discussion. Workshops are on June 24 and 25 on Trinity's Deerfield (Illinois) campus.

Wednesday, June 24


When the Soul Departs: Medical Corpses and Resurrected Bodies

This workshop explores particular medical, legal, and theological dimensions of death. From a medical standpoint, diagnosing death and care for the body is a matter of great significance that often is glossed within a culture of medical vitalism. Medical topics to be discussed include organ procurement and donation, death pronouncement, decedent care, body donation and experimentation, cremation, liquefaction, composting, and other mutilations. In addition, aspects of law and policy relating to these issues, major legal cases and legislation, uniform acts, as well as proposed policies, will be addressed. Lastly, from a theological perspective, this workshop will explore the different views of the modern medical corpse and the resurrected body within Christian medicine. Whereas many within modern medicine normalize the “corpse” as an object removed from the person, even a thing to be cremated, Christianity has long held to the importance of the resurrected body. Indeed, by looking to the story of Christ within the Gospels, we may discern through the Cross the immense significance of Christian Resurrection; hence death is meaningful within life, and very much informs our medical and legal approaches to bodies in death. The body is deeply meaningful, even when the soul has departed.

Workshop led by:

Courtney Thiele, JD

Matthew Vest, PhD

Co-Sponsored by:
The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics


7.0  CME AAFP Prescribed Credits Available

Thursday, June 25


Designing Babies: Science, Ethics, and Policies of a
Post-Genomic Era

The first draft sequence of the human genome was announced in 2001. Since that discovery, several significant advancements have been made in defining the genes in our body and determining what constitutes “normal” and “abnormal.” As a result, genetic information can be used to heal and provide personalized treatment, but it can also lead to harm through eugenics and discrimination. Advancements in science have resulted in a society that can now design a child who carries, or does not carry, specific traits that we as a society deem worthy or not worthy of inheritance. How did we get here and where are we headed? Current clinical practices in reproductive medicine and prenatal genetic testing foster this mentality of playing God and creating the “perfect” child. New science technologies on the horizon are also helping to define this new era with significant challenges and risks to the human race. Gene editing, cloning, three-parent embryos, and chimeras are all contestants in this global scientific quest for discovery and treatment of disease. The ethics of these techniques, their reliance upon and manipulation of human embryos, and direct impact on society will be discussed. Current policies in the United States and globally will also be evaluated in order to better understand the respective national and international guidelines working to frame this discussion.

Workshop led by:

David Prentice, PhD

Tara Sander Lee, PhD

Co-Sponsored by:
Charlotte Lozier Institute


5.5 CME AAFP Prescribed Credits Available


Wednesday, June 24: When the Soul Departs: Medical Corpses and Resurrected Bodies

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is available for this workshop. Earn 5.5 AAFP Prescribed Credits by attending the 8:30am–3:30pm Preconference Workshop. Earn an additional 1.5 AAFP Prescribed Credits by attending the afternoon session from 4:00–5:30pm.

Thursday, June 25: Designing Babies: Science, Ethics, and Policies of a Post-Genomic Era

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is available for this workshop. Earn 5.5 AAFP Prescribed Credits by attending the 8:30am–3:30pm Preconference Workshop.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed credit, not as Category 1.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.


Preconference workshops can be taken with or without academic credit and/or continuing education credit. Academic credit hours are offered through Trinity International University and can be credited toward degree programs at Trinity or transferred to other institutions. Individuals should register for BE7700a Contemporary Issues in Bioethics Seminar and must attend all sessions in both workshops. If you are not currently a Trinity student and are interested in academic credit, please contact Trinity Graduate Admissions at 847.317.8000. Academic credit cannot be requested after the event.


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