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Bioethics Workshop 2008-2009

The Bioethics Workshop provided a place for Yale faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and community members to engage in interdisciplinary bioethical discussion. A faculty member would begin the session with an overview of a bioethical issue; in some cases, discussion centered on “work in progress.” Discussion and comments by attendees then ensued. This program aimed to give exposure to different disciplines’ ways of viewing bioethical issues while broadening awareness of the rich and diverse resources available at Yale.

The schedule for 2008-2009 was as follows:

September 3: Bonnie Kaplan, Ph.D., Lecturer, Yale Center for Medical Informatics, Yale University

              Technology and Human Ethics

October 1: Dennis D. Spencer, MD, Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor; Chair, Department of Neurosurgery; Director, Epilepsy Program, Yale School of Medicine

              ‘Faces’ of Responsibility

November 5:  Jonathan Borak, MD, DABT, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Public Health,; Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Risk Assessment Forum, Yale University


              Introduction to Risk Assessment


February 4: Thomas Pogge, Professor, MacMillan Center; Professor, Philosophy and Political Science Department, Yale University


The Health Impact Fund: Boosting Innovation Without Obstructing Free Access


March 4: R. Douglas Bruce, Assistant Professor, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation Scholar, Yale AIDS Program, Yale University School of Medicine

Ethical and Human Rights Imperatives to Ensure Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence in Prisons  and Pre-trial Detention


May 6: Rajita Sinha, Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Addiction Services, Connecticut Mental Health Center; Director, Yale Research program on Stress, Addiction and Psychopathology

The bioethical challenges presented by the neuroscience of stress, self control and addiction