Center News – Spring 2010

Teaching Skills in International Research Ethics (TaSkR) Workshop II
The Second TaSkR Workshop was successfully held February 3rd – 5th, 2010 in Nakuru, Kenya. This workshop was attended by 25 participants and faculty facilitators from both Moi University and Indiana University. The faculty facilitators were from various disciplines; medicine, reproductive health, public health, behavioral science, religious studies, medical education, anthropology, health services research, sociology, bioethics, and linguistics. TaSkR is a feature of the IU-Moi Academic Research Ethics Partnership (funded by grant from the NIH Fogarty International Center). Learn more about TaSkR on our website, at:

International Research Ethics master’s program, Moi University Eldoret Kenya
In February 2010, the Senate of Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya approved a new master’s program in international research ethics. By design, the new program collaborates with a similar graduate level opportunity at IUPUI, the International Research Ethics, MA offered in the Philosophy department. The two programs are a feature of the IU-Moi Academic Research Ethics Partnership (funded by grant from the NIH Fogarty International Center). To learn more about this program, visit our website at:

Biobanks, Bioethics and Sophia University (Japan)
February 23, 2010, the Center for Bioethics hosted a delegation of 8 faculty from Japanese Universities led by Prof. Satoko Tatsui (Faculty of Law Meijigakuin University, Tokyo). The visit had three goals: to discuss ethics and governance on human biobanks and genetic databases in the US and Japan; the policy-making process in various circumstances; and the activities of the IUCB. The visit is a part of the preparatory work that this team is undertaking to establish a center for bioethics at Sophia University. We look forward to the future collaborations that will result from this successful, day-long visit.

Medical Ethics and Professionalism Elective
Indiana University School of Medicine students in their 3rd and 4th years have the option to enroll in a four week ethics elective. IUCB faculty investigator, Meg Gaffney leads this elective with participation from several of the Center’s investigators and affiliates. The most recent course (February 2010) included contributions from Eric M. Meslin, Peter Schwartz, and Kimberly Quaid. The Medical Ethics and Professionalism elective is offered annually in February. Enrollment is limited.

Students may also propose and develop an independent ethics elective or project at any time during the course of their medical studies.

IUCB in the News

Kristen Gerencher. Health reform a hot topic in bioethics circles. MarketWatch. March 19, 2010.
Office of External Affairs. Leadership forum reminds leaders of the power of diversity. Kelley School of Business [News], IUPUI. March 2, 2010.
Marilynn Marchione. AP IMPACT: Testing curbs some genetic diseases. 13 WTHR News. February 21, 2010.
Sound Ethics: How Biobanks Work. Sound Medicine. February 14, 2010.
Molecular Medicine Program Offers Hands-On Research for High School Students. IUPUI News Center. February 12, 2010.
Sound Ethics: Biobanks & Pediatric Research. Sound Medicine. February 7, 2010.

Recent Publications

Jere Odell. Peer-Driven Recruitment: Research Ethics in the Academic Literature. Indiana Bioethics. March 31, 2010.
Jere Odell. Comparative Effectiveness: Research Ethics in the News. Indiana Bioethics. March 15, 2010.
Katherine Drabiak-Syed. Newborn blood spot banking: approaches to consent. PredictER Law and Policy Update. Indiana University Center for Bioethics. March 12, 2010.
Katherine Drabiak-Syed. Transparency of Texas’ NBS Transfer and Reassessing Evasive Statutory Interpretation. PredictER News. March 9, 2010.
Jere Odell. Newborn Blood Spots, Biobanks & the Law: Research Ethics in the News. Indiana Bioethics. February 26, 2010.
Eric M. Meslin. Bank On It. Science Progress. February 25, 2010.
Katherine Drabiak-Syed. Direct-to-Consumer Fetal Sex Prediction Tests: the US is Not Immune to Sex Selection. PredictER News. February 2, 2010.
Research Ethics News Digest – January 2010. Indiana University Center for Bioethics. February 2, 2010.
Peter H. Schwartz. 2009 Walter C. Randall Lecture in Bioethics. Autonomy and consent in biobanks. Physiologist. 2010 Feb;53(1):1, 3-7.
Jere Odell. Autism, MMR, Wakefield and the GMC: Research Ethics in the News. Indiana Bioethics. January 29, 2010.

Recent Presentations

Kimberly A. Quaid. Diagnosis and Disclosure. 2010 Spring Symposium of the Indiana Alzheimer Center, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN. March 20, 2010.
Eric M. Meslin. The Evolution of Bioethics. Darwin Day Science Conference, Center for Inquiry Indiana and IUPUI Freethinkers. March 20, 2010.
Peter H. Schwartz. Mammograms, Decision-Making, and Values. Session: “Evidence in Breast Cancer Screening Decisions: Politics, Policy, and Patient Care,” Bioethics for Breakfast seminar series, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C. and IU Center for Bioethics, Indianapolis, IN, March 5, 2010.
Eric M. Meslin. Science Policy Leadership in a (somewhat) Flat World: Why Bioethics Matters. Fifth Multi-Sector Forum of the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, Indianapolis, Indiana. February 26, 2010.
Eric M. Meslin. The Underdeveloped Role of Science Policy in Meeting Our Ethical Obligations in Global Health. IU School of Medicine, February 17, 2010.
Katherine Drabiak-Syed. Panelist. Non-Traditional Health Law Careers. Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana. February 16, 2010.
Kimberly A. Quaid. Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing. The Amelia Project: Giving Wings to Research, University Place Conference Center, Indianapolis, IN. February 13, 2010.
Katherine Drabiak-Syed. Baby Gender Mentor: Class Action Litigation Calls Attention to a Deficient Federal Regulatory Framework for DTC Genetic Tests, Politicized State Statutory Construction, and a Lack of Informed Consent. Predictive Health Ethics Research (PredictER) meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana. January 25, 2010.

Ethics Events

Peter H. Schwartz. Medicine unleashed: eliminating risk and stopping aging. Ethics at Lunch. IU School of Medicine. MS B26. 12:00 – 1:00 PM. April 6, 2010.
Physician Assisted Suicide? End-of-Life Care and Choices: A Discussion on Proposed Legal Changes. Presenters: Barbara Coombs Lee, PA, FNP, JD, and Katherine Drabiak-Syed, JD. Health Law Society. Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, Inlow Hall, RM 385. 4:15 PM. April 6, 2010.
Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series: Ethical Treatment of the Defiant and Disruptive Patient. Michael Webber, MD. Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. 12:00-1:00 PM. April 7, 2010.
Seminar in Medical Humanities: The History of Rh Sensitization Disease and Its ‘Cure’. Dr. Peter Marcus, Ob/Gyn. Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. MS 311A/B.  12:00 – 1:00 PM. April 8, 2010.
Indiana CTSI 2nd Annual Meeting: A Case for Good Governance: Consent, Public trust, Commercialization and other issues for Biobanks. Timothy Caulfield, LL.M. Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building. 1:00 – 1:30 PM. April 19, 2010.
Seminar in Medical Humanities: Modeling Life Through Death: Population Histories and the Evidence for Demographic and Epidemiological Change in the Late Prehistoric Midwest. Jeremy Wilson. IUPUI. Room TBA. 12:00 – 1:00 PM. April 19, 2010.
PredictER Meeting: Tailored Therapeutics. Mitchell Klopfenstien and colleagues from Eli Lilly. IU Center for Bioethics, Indianapolis. 3:00 – 4:00 PM. April 26, 2010.
Peter H. Schwartz. Panel discussion of breast cancer screening guidelines. The 2010 Doris H. Merritt, MD Lectureship in Women’s Health, IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. Joseph Walter Hall (R3) Room 203. Indianapolis. 8:15 – 10:30 AM. April 28, 2010.
Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series: Cultural Diversity/Cultural Sensitivity. Rita Bair, MD, MPH . Indiana University School of Medicine. Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium. Indianapolis. 12:00-1:00 PM. May 5, 2010.

Other Events

Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series 2009-2010
History of Medicine Speaker Series, 2009-2010 [PDF]
Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, Spring 2010
PredictER Meetings, Spring Schedule 2010 [PDF]
Purdue Bioethics Seminar Series, Schedule 2009 – 2010


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