Announcing the Fall 2017 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

bbag-icon-decThe Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series, featuring a wide variety of bioethics topics. The fall series will begin on September 13, 2017. You are invited to join us in person or watch live online from anywhere in the world! Information about the fall series is listed below. Please visit our website for more details, including the full description and speaker bio for each event.

Fall 2017 Series Flyer

sept-13-bbagExpanded Carrier Screening for an Increasingly Diverse Population: Embracing the Promise of the Future or Ignoring the Sins of the Past?
How do we explain to patients what results might mean for their baby when they have only been validated in other populations?
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBioethics, is a Research Investigator in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and leads the Research Ethics Service at the Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.

oct-11-bbagCrossing the Biology to Pathobiology Threshold: Distinguishing Precision Health from Precision Medicine
What level of risk will be tolerated for interventions that are developed for treating “pre-diseased” patients?
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Christopher H. Contag, PhD, is a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at Michigan State University.

nov-29-bbagProspects, Promises and Perils of Human Mind-Reading
What are the prospects for such technology to be widely used?
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Mark Reimers, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Neuroscience Program in the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University.

In person: These lectures will take place in C102 (Patenge Room) East Fee Hall on MSU’s East Lansing campus. Feel free to bring your lunch! Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Online: Here are some instructions for your first time joining the webinar, or if you have attended or viewed them before, go to the meeting!

Can’t make it? Every lecture is recorded and posted for viewing in our archive. If you’d like to receive a reminder before each lecture, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Announcing the Spring 2017 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

bbag-icon-decThis year’s Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series will resume on January 18, 2017 with a lecture from Center Assistant Professor Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake and Assistant Director Libby Bogdan-Lovis on “Covert Costs of Racial and Ethnic Concordance in the Medical Workforce.” Each lecture can be streamed live online, or attended in person in East Fee Hall on MSU’s East Lansing campus. Information about the spring series is listed below, and you can visit our website for more details, including the full description and speaker bio for each event.

Spring 2017 Series Flyer

jan18-bbagCovert Costs of Racial and Ethnic Concordance in the Medical Workforce

Do policy initiatives carry social costs that inadvertently influence underrepresented minority physicians’ futures in the medical workforce?
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Medicine; Libby Bogdan-Lovis, MA, is Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.

feb15-bbagRecurrent and Neglected Ethical Issues in the Psychiatric Brain Stimulation Discussion
What are key ethical concerns surrounding the use of psychiatric deep brain stimulation (DBS)?
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Laura Y. Cabrera, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Neuroethics in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.

mar22-bbagThe Choice to Become a Research Subject: A First-Person Perspective
Did I have a responsibility to contribute to a study that could help future patients in my situation?
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Rebecca Dresser, JD, is a Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

apr19-bbagSocial Determinants of Behavioral Health
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
C. Debra Furr-Holden, PhD, is a C.S. Mott Endowed Professor of Public Health in the Division of Public Health, and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.

In person: These lectures will take place in C102 (Patenge Room) East Fee Hall on MSU’s East Lansing campus. Feel free to bring your lunch! Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Online: Here are some instructions for your first time joining the webinar, or if you have attended or viewed them before, go to the meeting!

Can’t make it? Every lecture is recorded and posted for viewing in our archive. If you’d like to receive a reminder before each lecture, please subscribe to our mailing list.

Drs. Kelly-Blake and Holmes-Rovner co-authors of shared decision making article

Kelly-BlakeHolmes-RovnerCenter Assistant Professor Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake and Professor Emerita Dr. Margaret Holmes-Rovner are among the co-authors of the article “Implementing shared decision making in federally qualified health centers, a quasi-experimental design study: the Office-Guidelines Applied to Practice (Office-GAP) program,” published on August 2, 2016 in the open-access journal BMC Health Services Research. The study was authored by MSU researchers Adesuwa Olomu, William Hart-Davidson, Zhehui Luo, Karen Kelly-Blake and Margaret Holmes-Rovner.

Abstract
Background: Use of Shared Decision-Making (SDM) and Decision Aids (DAs) has been encouraged but is not regularly implemented in primary care. The Office-Guidelines Applied to Practice (Office-GAP) intervention is an application of a previous model revised to address guidelines based care for low-income populations with diabetes and coronary heart disease (CHD). Objective: To evaluate Office-GAP Program feasibility and preliminary efficacy on medication use, patient satisfaction with physician communication and confidence in decision in low-income population with diabetes and coronary heart disease (CHD) in a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC).

The full article is available on the BMC Health Services Research website.

Moral Concerns and the Willingness to Donate to a Research Biobank

tomlinsonA new study led by Center Director Dr. Tomlinson was published this week in The Journal of the American Medical Association, surveying concerns people may have about donating to a research biobank. You can hear more about the research from Dr. Tomlinson in a feature that appeared in MSU Today: “What’s Happening With Your Donated Specimen?.”

“Moral Concerns and the Willingness to Donate to a Research Biobank” by Tom Tomlinson, PhD; Raymond De Vries, PhD; Kerry Ryan, MA; Hyungjin Myra Kim, ScD; Nicole Lehpamer, MA; Scott Y. H. Kim, MD, PhD.

Statewide Campus System Medical Ethics Day

MSU-Seal-Green_RGB-1-inchLast week, close to 80 medical residents from different specialties participated in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Statewide Campus System  Medical Ethics Day. Ethics Day provides training in clinical ethics for osteopathic residents in various specialties from around the state.

The morning session included two presentations, one by MSU CHM West Instructor Dr. Michael Wassenaar on Tools for Ethical Problem Solving, and the second by Center Professor Dr. Len Fleck on The Ethical Challenges of Parsimonious Care. In the afternoon, the residents were split into small groups; each group had the opportunity to engage in discussion and analysis of several medical ethics cases. Ethical issues presented by these cases included complex topics such as surgical sterilization, access to high costs procedures and medications, and palliative care. Center Undergraduate Adviser Monica List led one of the small group discussions.

This is the tenth year that CEHLS faculty have helped facilitate the Statewide Campus System Medical Ethics Day. Ethics Day is held every fall.

Read more about the COM Statewide Campus System.

Announcing the Spring 2015 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

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The Center’s Spring 2015 series includes speakers from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University’s College of Law, and Northwestern University. All lectures are from 12-1 pm EST. Join us in person or online at connect.msu.edu/brownbag. All lectures are recorded and can be accessed in our archive.

jan-21-bbagThe Why and How of Behavioral Economic Strategies to Promote Healthy Behaviors
Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MS, MPH
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | Event Flyer

feb-18-bbagIntentional Parenthood’s Promise:
Redefining Legal Parentage for the 21st Century
Melanie B. Jacobs
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | Event Flyer

mar-18-bbagA Non-Standard Practice of Medicine
Sarah B. Rodriguez, PhD
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Event Flyer
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apr-15-bbagWhat people mean when they say, “I can’t do that, it violates my conscience”
Raymond De Vries, PhD
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | Event Flyer

To read more about each lecture, please visit our website.

In person: These lectures will take place in C102 East Fee Hall (Patenge Room) on MSU’s East Lansing campus. Feel free to bring your lunch! Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Online: Here are some instructions for your first time joining the webinar, or if you have attended or viewed them before, go to the meeting!

Can’t make it? Every lecture is recorded and available to view in our archive.

Announcing the Fall 2014 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

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The Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University has hosted a brownbag lecture series since 1996. This year the series will kick off on September 17th with a lecture from MSU’s Dr. James W. Dearing. Join us in person or online at connect.msu.edu/brownbag.

sept-17-bbagDesigning for Diffusion and Ethical Considerations
James W. Dearing, PhD
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12-1 pm
C102 East Fee Hall

oct-10-bbagIntegrity in Translational Research
Jason Scott Robert, PhD
Friday, October 10, 2014, 12-1 pm
E4 Fee Hall

nov-4-bbagNHS reforms: What is the Reality of Clinician-Led Purchasing of Health Services?
Richard Meakin, MD
Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 12-1 pm
C102 East Fee Hall

nov-12-bbagDecision-making in Pediatric Oncology: Who Really Decides?
Bradd Hemker, MD
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 12-1 pm
C102 East Fee Hall

dec-11-bbag“How long do I have, Doc?”
Ethical Issues in Prognostication for Older Adults

Alexander Smith, MD, MS, MPH
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 12-1 pm
E4 Fee Hall

In person: These lectures will take place in East Fee Hall on MSU’s East Lansing campus. Feel free to bring your lunch! Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Online: Here are some instructions for your first time joining the webinar, or if you have attended or viewed them before, go to the meeting!

Can’t make it? Every lecture is recorded and available to view in our archive. For more information on the 2014-15 Series, please visit our website.

Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake receives award in support of new study

Kelly-blakeCenter Research Associate Dr. Karen Kelly-Blake has received an award from the Norman Kagan Endowment for Graduate and Professional Studies. This award supports Dr. Kelly-Blake’s proposal, Men’s Health and Masculinity: Implications for Colorectal Cancer Screening.

Dr. Kelly-Blake’s study will capture the masculinity-related concerns expressed in conversations between primary care doctors and their male patients about colorectal cancer screening. The study promises to add a much needed dimension to understanding the related contextual influences on men’s decisions to participate in CRC screening. Insights gained will suggest new directions for improving men’s participation in preventive health behaviors as well as highlighting practical strategies for improving sensitive communication between physicians and their male patients. The long-term goal of this research project is to inform, rethink, and reframe the efforts needed to motivate and encourage men’s participation in measures that hold promise for improving the medical care and treatment they receive.

Watch every lecture from the 2013-2014 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

Largent-slideReye’s Syndrome: A Medical Mystery and a Modern Dilemma
This talk from Mark A. Largent, PhD, examines the history of Reye’s syndrome, the hunt to uncover its cause, and the debates that have emerged over last twenty years about the role of aspirin in Reye’s syndrome. View Webinar

Bosk-slideMedical Sociology as Vocation
This presentation from Charles L. Bosk, PhD, discusses what it means to speak of ‘medical sociology as a vocation,’ using Weber’s classic essay ‘Science as a Vocation’ as its departure point. View Webinar

 

Fisch-slideThe Declining Provider: Refusal, Responsibility, and Reasonableness
This presentation from Deborah Fisch, JD, examines how we arrived at our current VBAC position, its implications for maternal and child health, and the connection to other instances of declining providers. View Webinar

Loup-slideAre Researchers Ever Obligated to Provide Individual Research Findings to Non-participant Third Parties?
This presentation from Allan Loup, JD, addresses an emerging consensus that, in some circumstances, researchers have obligations to return individual research results to research participants. View Webinar

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“Enlightened” Breath: Breathing and Biomedicine
While much is known of the physiological importance of breathing in biomedicine, there is almost no appreciation of its possible therapeutic role. This presentation from Sebastian Normandin, PhD, argues for a new era – an age of enlightenment – in the use of breath and breathing as a healing tool. View Webinar

Vercler-slidePlastic Surgery Ethics: An Oxymoron?
In this lecture, Dr. Christian J. Vercler examines the distinctions made between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, discusses how plastic surgeons think about those distinctions, and uncovers the different ethical frameworks that support these practices. View Webinar

 

Click here to watch more lectures dating back to 2010, and save the date for the first webinar of the 2014-2015 Series: September 17, 2014.

The Undergraduate Bioethics Society: a new space for thinking about current issues in bioethics

JordanKriegercrop Guest Editorial
By Jordan Krieger, President
Undergraduate Bioethics Society, Michigan State University

We are in the era of medicine and health care. Currently, changes are being made to the United States health care system through the Affordable Care Act; research is constantly improving the medical technologies available to health care professionals, and people are facing a whole new set of chronic diseases. With the changes and advancements in the medical field also comes an expanse of ethical and moral questions that must be asked.

The Undergraduate Bioethics Society (UBS) is a student organization committed to increasing awareness of, and cultivating student interest in ethical issues in medicine, healthcare, biotechnology, and biomedical research. The organization will hold bi-weekly meetings on Tuesday nights; from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Locations will be announced as meeting dates approach. These gatherings will not be mandatory, but will be great fun so be sure to join us! Meetings will feature various faculty and professional speakers followed by a student based discussion, as well as service projects, fundraising, field trips, and student debates centered on previously determined topics.

Already, members of UBS have had an opportunity to explore different ethical issues in health care by attending the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference (NUBC) at Loyola University in Chicago, April 4-6 of this year. While listening to various speakers and the “bioethics bowl” (NUBC’s version of a debate competition), students were able to listen to and explore various topics of interest to them within the health care field, all while exploring the wonder that is Downtown Chicago! Aside from the keynote speaker T.R. Reid, the presentations were all done by students our age about topics such as end-of-life decision making, prisoner organ donation, electronic records, surrogacy and other various controversial areas. Reid talked about various health care systems around the world, and elaborated by making recommendations for our very own system here in the United States. Since NUBC is an annual event, with enough preparation, the organization hopes to continue sending individuals to the conference to listen, present and, if they are up to it, compete in the bioethics bowl. The location for the 2015 will be Florida State University, we will have more updates as plans for the conference move forward.

If you are interested in being a part of UBS, or if you have any questions, we encourage you to email us at ubs@msu.edu to be added to the mailing list and become notified when we have upcoming events. There will be a membership fee of $20 but that includes an awesome UBS t-shirt as well as food and refreshments at most meetings.

Members of the UBS e-board will have a booth set up at Sparticipation in the Fall and we invite you to approach us with any questions or recommendations you may have for our organization. We are a society of the students, for the students, and your input matters to us. In the meantime remember; when it comes to bioethics, there are no easy answers!