Center News, September 2009

This month Indiana University Center for Bioethics worked with its collaborators to launch two new initiatives: an International Research Ethics concentration (a new track in the Masters degree offered by the Department of Philosophy) and the Comparative Effectiveness Study Group. The International Research Ethics (IRE) concentration offers students and professionals the opportunity to study the ethical and policy issues of research involving multinational populations and partners. Read the press release or learn more about this new educational opportunity on our website at

The Comparative Effectiveness Study Group (CESG) was recently funded by the Indiana Humanities Council to provide two public lectures. The CESG is comprised of experts from The Center for Health Policy, The Hall Center for Law and Health, the Center for Bioethics, and other friends of the Consortium for Health Policy, Law and Bioethics. The Group will examine the ethical, legal and policy issues of comparative effectiveness research.


Be sure to attend ethics events hosted by our friends and partners.

Lucia D. Wocial, RN, PhD. Checking the Vital Signs of Clarian Nurses: Where are we with Moral Distress? Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series. October 7, 2009. 12:00-1:00 PM. Riley Out-Patient Center Auditorium. [View the entire 2009-2010 Schedule.]

Jason Eberl, PhD. Discussing: Buchanan A. Human nature and enhancement. Bioethics. 2009 Mar;23(3):141-50. Bioethics Journal Club. October 8, 2009. 4:00-4:45 PM. IUCB, HITS 3139.

Rob Kunzman. Write These Laws On Your Children. Poynter Center Roundtable. October 8, 2009. 4:00-5:30 PM. Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, 618 East Third Street, Bloomington IN 47405-3862. [Poynter Center Roundtables, Fall 2009]

Guo Liping, Associate Director, Medical Humanities Institute, Peking University Health Science Center . Medical Humanities in China. October 19, 2009, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. CA Room 438. [View the entire 2009-2010 schedule – PDF 38 KB.]

Robert Crouch. Medical Interventions on Children for Nonmedical Reasons: How Far May Parents Go? Health Care Ethics Seminars. October 22, 2009. 4:00-5:15 PM. Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, 618 East Third Street, Bloomington IN 47405-3862. [View the Health Care Ethics Seminars, Fall 2009 schedule.]

Robert Katz. The Tissue Transplantation Industry: A Case Study in How Market Actors Can Reduce Transaction Costs by Economizing on Moral Externalities. October 26, 2009. 3:00-4:00 PM; IUCB, HITS 3139. [View PredictER’s Fall 2009 Schedule; PDF – 59 KB.]

New Items in the Bioethics Digital Library

Schwartz PH. Decision and discovery in defining ‘disease’. In: Kincaid H, McKitrick J, editors. Establishing medical reality: essays in the metaphysics and epistemology of biomedical science. Dordrecht: Springer; 2007. p. 47-63.

Schwartz PH. Defining dysfunction: natural selection, design, and drawing a line. Philosophy of Science. July 2007;74(3):364-385.

Schwartz PH, Meslin EM. The ethics of information: absolute risk reduction and patient understanding of screening. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Jun;23(6):867-70.

Schwartz PH. Disclosure and rationality: comparative risk information and decision-making about prevention. Theor Med Bioeth. 2009;30(3):199-213.



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