Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Events

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities sponsors many lectures and events during the academic year. Please see the calendar below for a listing of our upcoming events—as well as relevant events presented by other groups at Northwestern University and its affiliated clinical partners.

Nov

27

NMH Ethics presents Schwartz Rounds - TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee presents

Schwartz Rounds

Speaker and Topic TBA.


Schwartz Center Rounds is a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients.

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. We are sharing it here with permission.

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Nov

29

After the Hype: Lessons on Civic Engagement and Evidence-Based Medicine....Shelly Benjaminy

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents

A Montgomery Lecture

with

Shelly Benjaminy, PhD
Bioethicist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

After the Hype: Lessons on Civic Engagement and Evidence-Based Medicine from the Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency Experience in Multiple Sclerosis

Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) research became a focus for multiple sclerosis (MS) when a small study suggested that an angioplasty-like procedure could reverse the symptoms of the disease. The CCSVI research trajectory was marked by public hope despite scientific skepticism, and was criticized for privileging scientific inquiry driven more by public pressure than by empirical evidence. Following recent CCSVI clinical trials that demonstrated negative results, two studies explored the perspectives of individuals with MS who: (1) participated in a multi-center Canadian CCSVI clinical trial; and (2) elected to forego CCSVI interventions. Results of these two studies will be discussed. Participant perspectives draw attention to lingering challenges in translation of biomedical research, including the imperative for carefully balancing civic engagement and scientific evidence. The CCSVI experience serves as an opportunity for reflection, and enriches the field of biomedical ethics with invaluable lessons about the complex relationship between science and society.

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Nov

29

NMH Patient Safety Grand Rounds - TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

NMH Quality/Patient Safety

presents

Patient Safety Grand Rounds

Speaker and topic TBA.

The purpose of this program is to improve patient care and outcomes through the prevention of patient safety and system breakdowns.

Learning Objectives:

• Discuss a current issue related to patient safety
• Propose strategies to improve patient safety

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. We are sharing it here with permission.

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Dec

06

Face/Off or On?: Face Transplants and the Resistance to Categorization - Sharrona Pearl

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents

A Montgomery Lecture

with

Sharrona Pearl, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Face/Off or On?: Face Transplants and the Resistance to Categorization

Both like and not like cosmetic surgery and whole organ transplants, facial allografts have proven difficult to categorize. This talk will show how bioethicists, surgeons, and journalists have conceptualized face transplants as neither and both, and the resulting stakes for each. Paying particular attention to the media coverage of Isabelle Dinoire’s partial facial allograft in 2005, I will discuss the implications of the cosmetic frame and the whole organ frame for the bioethical debates around FAT.

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Jan

10

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents A Montgomery Lecture: TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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Jan

17

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents A Montgomery Lecture: TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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Jan

24

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents A Montgomery Lecture: TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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Jan

31

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents A Montgomery Lecture: TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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Feb

07

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents A Montgomery Lecture: TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Speaker and topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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Feb

14

Robert Dorfman - The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents a Montgomery Lecture

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Topic information TBA. Watch this space.

This series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities—along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School’s fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called “Special Topics in MH&B”, this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

Topic information TBA. Watch this space.

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