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In Vitro Neural Platforms

September 5, 2023

This is an in-person event; Please visit to register. As the use of in vitro neural platforms like brain organoids and microtissues increases, there is a lack of general knowledge about the limitations of the platforms. Bioethicists and scientists may also have concerns about the implications of the use of these systems in clinical … Read more

2024 Parr|Bioethics Joint Lecturer

July 12, 2023

President and CEO, The Hastings Center Senior Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School Professor, University of Montréal Vardit Ravitsky, PhD, is the President and CEO of The Hastings Center, an independent, nonpartisan bioethics research institute that is among the most prestigious bioethics and health policy institutes in the world. Ravitsky joins … Read more

Integrating Artificial Intelligence Into Health Care: Ethical and Legal Challenges

June 7, 2023

October 26- I. Glenn Cohen -“2023 Merrimon Lecture”- Video: ” Integrating Artificial Intelligence Into Health Care: Ethical and Legal Challenges” VIDEO WILL ONLY BE POSTED FOR 60 DAYS and requires oynen to watch   I. Glenn Cohen Deputy Dean and James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center for … Read more

ARESA presentation

May 11, 2023

We will be providing lunch and ask those attending to let us know if it will be in person or over Zoom by completing the survey.   Dr. Victor Chalwe: Topic: The ethics of biological sample transfer: an African perspective Ms. Tiwonge Mtande: Topic: Ethical challenges posed by pragmatic cluster-randomised trials in less developed countries: … Read more

Attention Grabbing Mental Illnesses

March 15, 2023

“Attention Grabbing Mental Illnesses” Mental disorder is defined by DSM-5 in terms of dysfunctional cognition, emotion, and behavior. We will argue that mental illnesses can be understood more fundamentally as failures to control attention. Some mental illnesses involve too much attention (and too little ability to adjust focus), whereas others involve too little attention (or … Read more

Abbey Speaker Series: Faith and Abortion

January 19, 2023

The Program for Public Discourse will host a panel composed of religious leaders and thinkers from various faiths to discuss the relationship between abortion and faith in the final spring installment of the Abbey Speaker Series.