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Beyond the Medical: Genetic Testing for Social Traits | CGS Seminar

November 18, 2022

Registration link   In traditional predictive genetic testing, single gene variants are analyzed to determine whether individuals are at high risk of developing disease. The vast majority of diseases, however, are polygenic—caused by many different genes. Polygenic risk scores (PRS) hold promise to predict risk for complex diseases like heart disease or diabetes by … Read more

2023 Parr|Bioethics Joint Lecturer

October 20, 2022

Elizabeth Barnes is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Her research interests are divided between metaphysics, social philosophy, feminist philosophy, and ethics. She is particularly interested in the places where these topics overlap. Elizabeth wrote a book on disability and recently finished writing a book about the nature of health. Trust, … Read more

2023 Annual Pediatric Visiting Scholar

October 20, 2022

Dr. Gooding is an adolescent medicine specialist in the Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for eight years, serving as faculty adviser to medical education student projects and co-chairing the HMS Wellness and Mental Health Task Force. Dr. Goodings … Read more

Dying With Dignity: Science and Religion in the Face of Suffering

October 3, 2022

    Please register by Monday, October 10th. In care for people with terminal illness and severe disabilities, the most impressive achievements of modern medical science meet our deepest human concerns about how to handle suffering, what happens when we die, and what it means to live a good life. Cases that cannot be cured pose special … Read more

Realizing the Right to Health through Healthcare Technologies

September 28, 2022

Hybrid Zoom Link New and emerging healthcare technologies—including whole genome sequencing, wearables, and AI assisted treatments—offer innovative possibilities for realizing the right to health. These technologies hold the potential for automatizing certain processes to free up time for healthcare professionals to spend with patients, detecting disease more accurately and swiftly, and furthering access in remote communities. However, digital medicine also raises other human rights … Read more

Co-Lab(orative) Learning Workshop from UNC CHER

September 9, 2022

The UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) Health Equity Research Intensive (HERI) is offering a collaborative learning workshop as a space for participants to co-create a definition of inclusive and equitable health research and generating innovative solutions toward achieving inclusive research. This workshop is Tuesday, Sept 27, 1 – 5pm ET. Registration for the … Read more

Carolina Seminar on Philosophy, Ethics and Mental Health

September 8, 2022

Senior Investigator, Department of Bioethics at the N.I.H. Clinical Center Please contact Dan Moseley,, for registration information. These events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Absurdity and Meaning

September 8, 2022

Professor and Section Head of Philosophy at M.I.T. It is a cliché about philosophers that they ponder the meaning of life. Except they don’t. In recent philosophy, the question of life’s meaning is usually dismissed as nonsense; and for most earlier philosophers, the question doesn’t arise. In this talk, I’ll use the surprisingly recent … Read more

Affect, Value and Decisional Capacity

September 8, 2022

Associate Professor of Philosophy at Duke University Our ability to look after ourselves and promote our own interests can be (and often is) undermined by mental disorder in ways not anticipated by current models of decision-making capacity.  Our standard ways of assessing capacity do not detect all the cases of incapacity they should. In this talk, I … Read more