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November 25, 2015


Call for Abstracts


March 17-18, 2016; Kalamazoo, Michigan


The theme of this conference, hosted by Western Michigan University’s Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, highlights uncertainty as a fundamental factor in bioethics.  Invited speakers include Insoo Hyun, associate professor of bioethics and philosophy at Case Western Reserve University, and Richard Sharp, director of the bioethics program at the Mayo Clinic.
Possible topics for submissions include unintended consequences of innovative medical technologies, public health planning for new diseases, incidental findings in clinical research and practice, prevention of medical error, and communication of risk.  Papers on this general theme will be welcomed from a variety of disciplines and perspectives in relation to policy, practice, research, and communication in fields dealing with bioethics.  These fields include, but are not limited to, bioengineering, biology, medicine, nursing, the social sciences and scientific reporting.

Submission guidelines

Submissions will be accepted in the category of formal papers and panel discussions. Submissions are welcome from academic faculty, graduate students, medical students, medical professionals and research teams consisting of any combination of these.
Submissions should be prepared for blind review; please inspect documents and remove personal information before submitting electronically in .doc/.docx or .pdf format to ethicscenter@wmich.edu. Corresponding authors should include names of all authors, as well as their affiliations, and the paper or panel title, on a separate title page. Completed papers or extended abstracts of 500-1,000 words will be considered for paper submissions. For panel discussions, submissions should include an abstract summarizing the overall topic of the panel, as well as separate abstracts for each author's contribution, for a total of up to 1,000 words. The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2015. Authors will be notified by January 1, 2016. Please direct inquiries to center Co-Director Sandra L. Borden.

About the center

The Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society encourages and supports research, teaching and service to the University and community in areas of applied and professional ethics. The conference will coincide with observance of the Ethics Center's 30th anniversary. More information about the center, and updates about the conference.

November 25, 2015

Purple, Brown, Grey, White, and Black — Life in Death [EOL in Art 186]

Photographer Daniel Schumann went to St. Francis Hospice near Dusseldorf, Germany.  He befriended several of the residents at the hospice and got their permission to photograph them throughout their stay.  The project is entitled Purple, Brown, Grey, White, and Black — Life in Death.

His photos depict the residents as they were before and after death. The effect is solemn, yet tranquil. And since death and dying lay at the heart of Schumann’s entire project, something about his subjects’ experience will always remain unknown to his viewer. 

November 25, 2015

No Money = No ICU Treatment

Gary Dowley suffered an aneurysm while riding a motorcycle on vacation in Thailand.  He needs treatment for a broken neck and leg, facial fractures and a punctured lung.  (Brisbane Times)

Lack of Insurance Coverage
Unfortunately, Dowley's travel insurance has classified his treatment as the result of a motorbike crash, and adjusted the amount of money it pays out.  The family already maxed out their credit cards to make payments. 

Hospital Refusing to Treat
The hospital would not let doctors treat Mr Dowley until they receive payment.  "They wouldn't touch him until they had money. . . .  The hospitals over here are ruthless – if you don't pay, they pull the plug."  

November 24, 2015

Simple Wish - Hospice Art Field Trips [EOL in Art 185]

This month, a simple wish was fulfilled for Cleveland, Ohio resident and Life Choice Hospice patient, Martha B.  Life Choice Hospice discovered that Martha had been a lifelong art lover and set in motion a plan to create a memorable moment for he...
November 24, 2015

Jahi McMath - Demurrer to the 1st Amended Complaint - Jan. 8, 2016

As I blogged earlier, on October 20, 2015, the Alameda County Superior Court permitted the family of Jahi McMath to amend their complaint against Children's Hospital Oakland and Dr. Rosen.  The purpose of the amendment was to more fully ...
November 23, 2015

Why Defining Death Leaves Me Cold

Emory medical ethicist John Banja has a good post over at the Neuroethics Blog - "Why Defining Death Leaves Me Cold."
November 23, 2015

Drifting - a Play about Accepting Death [EOL in Art 184]

Bill Doan's play "Drifting" got a very positive review in NY Theater Wire.   "The play opens with the sound of labored breathing as we look upon an inert young woman on a hospital bed holding tightly against her twisted body a featureless life-si...
November 22, 2015

Drifting - a Graphic Novel about PVS [EOL in Art 183]

Bill Doan's “Drifting” is being considered as more than a play. He is working with Penn State Press to do an adaptation of this as a graphic novel.

Doan's sister has suffered a traumatic brain injury and is in a permanent vegetative state.   Doan struggles with the question of what's to be done when medical technology saves a life that maybe shouldn't have been saved.  

November 22, 2015

Who Decides When We Die? Lessons from the Life of Jahi Mcmath

Early next month is the 7th International Symposium on Brain Death.  One of the submitted abstracts is of special interest.
November 21, 2015

2016 Health Law Professors Conference

If you are interested in presenting at the 2016 Health Law Professors Conference, please submit a proposal here. If you haven't submitted a proposal yet there is still time. The deadline has been extended to December 15th. The 39th Annual Health La...

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