Genetic & Reproductive Technologies

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity 
24th Annual Summer Conference
June 22 - 24, 2017
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL


CBHD 24th Annual Summer Conference - Genetic and Reproductive Technologies

Synthetic gametes and 3-parent embryos, prenatal screening, CRISPR, IVF: Genetic and reproductive technologies continue to advance at breakneck speed, often without consideration of their underlying values. Many of the fundamental questions remain unanswered (and even unasked) about these developments. What does it mean to be human? Does the instrumental making (and remaking) of humans distort our understanding of what it means to be human? In what ways do these new technologies benefit us?

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



1-Day Preconference Workshops

  • Maternal-Fetal Conflict Workshop co-sponsored by American Association of ProLife OB|GYNS  | Led by Byron C. Calhoun, MD & Donna J. Harrison, MD
  • Current Issues in the Ethics of Organ Transplantation Workshop | Led by Gregory Rutecki, MD


Themed Workshops

  • Rights of Conscience for Healthcare Professionals | Hosted by Alliance Defending Freedom with Kevin Theriot, JD
  • Prenatal Genetic Testing: Clinical Applications and Implications| Hosted by American Association of ProLife OB|GYNS with Donna J. Harrison, MD
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in the Use of Abortion-Procured Fetal Tissue for Research and Therapy: An Overview | Hosted by The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity with Edward Grant, JD
  • What and Why? DNA Testing for ALS Patients—A Case Study | Hosted by Christian Medical & Dental Associations with Robert E. Cranston, MD, MA
  • Managing Extreme Prematurity: Treatment, Survival, and Outcomes in Infants Born at 22 to 24 Weeks Gestation | Hosted by Family Research Council with Arina Grossu, MA
  • Genetic/Reproductive Technologies and Disability: Promise or Peril? | Hosted by Joni & Friends with D. Christopher Ralston, PhD


In Partnership with:
Americans United for Life Nurses Christian Fellowship Christian Medical and Dental Associations
American Association of Pro-life Ostetricians & Gynocologists American Association of Pro-life Ostetricians & Gynocologists


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