Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity 
22nd Annual Summer Conference
June 18 - 20, 2015
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL


CBHD 22nd Annual Summer Conference - Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics

Cutting-edge innovations in medicine, science, and technological inquiry offer to improve health and quality of life, transforming lives in genuinely beneficial ways.

Yet, these powerful advances also raise critical challenges in their implications for our individual and common humanity.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s 22nd Annual Summer Conference Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics examines the ethical dimensions of rapidly evolving arenas of medical & scientific research that continue to stretch the limits of contemporary bioethics, and explores fundamental questions of how science and science policy can function in the service of human flourishing for a medically and technologically sophisticated age.

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

  • Conference Welcome & Framing the Discussion - Michael J. Sleasman, PhD
  • Bioethics & Gnosticism - Robert P. George, JD, DPhil
  • Treatment of Mitochondrial Disease - Maureen Condic, PhD
  • The Limits of Moral BioEnhancement: Why We Still Need the Virtures - Fabric Jotterand, PhD 
  • Understanding Healthcare in a Post-Genomic Era - C. Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS 
  • Affective Computing, Wearables, and Social Robots - Rosalind Picard, ScD
  • Panel Discussion: Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics - Michelle Kirtley, PhD; Maureen Condic, PhD; Fabrice Jotterand, PhD; C. Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS; Rosalind Picard, ScD
  • Science, Ethics, Religion, and Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities - Jennifer J. Wiseman, PhD
  • When Hippocrates met Kurzweil: Questions for Human Dignity in the 21st Century - Nigel Cameron, PhD, MBA
  • Conference Close - Paige C. Cunningham, JD



  • Intensive Bioethics Institute (BE5100) - D. Joy Riley, MD
  • Advanced Bioethics Institute (BE6500) - Michael J. Sleasman, PhD
  • Basic Bioethics for Professionals Institute (BE476x) - Joyce Shelton, PhD
  • Contemporary Issues in Bioethics Institute (BE7700) - C. Ben Mitchell, PhD, Lauris Kaldjian, MD, PhD, Ryan Nash, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM, and Edward Grant, JD
  • Bioethics National Conference Course (BE5900/BE477x) - Hans Madueme, MD, PhD
  • Post-Conference Seminar - Global Medicine & Justice Seminar - C. Christopher Hook, MD, co-taught with Claretta Y. Dupree, PhD and Dónal P. O’Mathúna, PhD


1-Day Preconference Workshops

  • Genetics & Reproduction | Led by C. Ben Mitchell, PhD
  • Healthcare, Professionalism & Ethics | Led by Lauris Kaldjian, MD, PhD and Ryan Nash, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM
  • Advanced Care Planning  | Led by Edward Grant, JD and Lisa Anderson-Shaw, DrPH, MA, MSN


Themed Workshops

  • Countering the Mainstreaming of Abortion in American Healthcare | Hosted by Americans United for Life with Anna Paprocki, JD
  • Rewriting the Code of Life: The Scientific, Medical, Ethical, and Policy Implications of Human Genome Editing (CRISPR) | Hosted by The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity with Michelle Kirtley, PhD
  • Doing Science Ethically | Hosted by The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity with Joyce Shelton, PhD
  • Prospects for Moral Bioenhancement | Hosted by Christian Medical & Dental Associations with William Cheshire, MD
  • The Challenges and Opportunities of Artificial Reproductive Technologies | Hosted by Family Research Council with Arina Grossu, MA
  • Christianity and Applied Ethics | Hosted by Joni & Friends with Kathy McReynolds, PhD
  • Who’s My Daddy? Who’s My Mommy? On Procreating Children with Ambiguous Parentage | Hosted by Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture with D. Joy Riley, MD


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