Welcome to the Ethics Events page! We hope you will find it a useful "one-stop" resource for the many different ethics events organized by members of the Columbia community and beyond.
While we strive to compile a comprehensive listing of ethics-related events, we appreciate your assistance in submitting upcoming events we may have overlooked. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with events to be added.
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Postposted/Date TBA: Race and Bioethics: Amplifying Diverse Voices – Columbia Bioethics
April 16: ELSIconversations: Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing Precision Medicine at the National Scale – Center for ELSI Resources & Analysis
April 20: Vaccine Access, Vaccine Hesitancy: Challenges to Herd Immunity - The Hastings Center
April 21: Domestic Missions: Student Medical Clinics & Ethical Practice – Columbia University Center for Clinical Medical Ethics (CCME)
May 6: Bioethics Mediation: The Path to Tranquility in Any Healthcare Setting – Columbia Bioethics
May 7: Precision Medicine & Society: New Perspectives, Third Annual Conference – Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative
May 14: ELSI Friday Forum: - Genomics and Data Sovereignty: Policy and Deliberative Approaches for Engaging Indigenous Communities – Center for ELSI Resources & Analysis
May 28: Do Genetic Findings Impact Perceptions of Responsibility? A Public Virtual Symposium – Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics
Columbia University Events
ELSI Friday Forum is a monthly one-hour seminar series featuring topics on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetics and genomics research. Join us from 12:00-1:00 pm ET / 9:00-10:00 am PT on the second Friday of each month for talks and panels on a broad array of issues, explored through an ELSI lens.
Each hour-long forum will be immediately followed by a half-hour informal networking session for audience members who would like to continue the discussion. A zoom link to the networking session will be provided in the Zoom Chat before the end of each forum and emailed to all registrants.
Each forum will end with a Q&A with the audience and speakers: please bring your questions, expertise, and opinions to the debate! For those who cannot attend the live event, each session will be recorded and archived on the ELSIhub Video page.
Closed/open captioning and/or transcripts will be provided for live and recorded events.
May 14, 2021 - Genomics and Data Sovereignty: Policy and Deliberative Approaches for Engaging Indigenous Communities – CLICK HERE for more information and to register
- Stephanie Russo Carroll, DrPH
- Justin Lund, MA
- Moderated by Nanibaa’ Garrison, PhD
April 9, 2021 - Widening the Lens: Using Arts in ELSI Research – Watch the recording here
- Sydney Cheek-O'Donnell, PhD
- Erin Talati Paquette, MD, JD
- Erin Rothwell, PhD
- Moderated by Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD
March 12 - Migrant DNA: Context, Ethics, and Legal Issues - Watch the recording here
- Sarah Katsanis, MS, Northwestern University
- Vera Eidelman, JD of the American Civil Liberties Union
- Moderated by Paul Appelbaum, MD, Columbia University
February 12, 2021 - Genomics and Infectious Disease: Scientific and ELSI Issues of COVID - Watch the recording here
- Gail Geller, ScD, MHS
- Priya Duggal, PhD
- Moderated by Holly Taylor, PhD, MPH
January 8, 2021 - Biobanking in the Era of COVID - Watch the recording here
- Sara Chandros Hull, PhD
- Kyle Brothers, MD, PhD
- Moderated by Aaron Goldenberg, PhD
December 11, 2020 - Addressing Racism in Research and Clinical Practice - Watch the recording here
- Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH
- Robert D. Steiner, MD
- Daphne Martschenko, PhD
- Moderated by Mildred Cho, PhD
November 13, 2020 - Structural Racism and Genomics in the Time of COVID - Watch the recording here
- Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD
- Vence L. Bonham, Jr, JD
- Moderated by Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD
ELSIconversations debuts with a series of six themed one-hour networking discussions on ELSI research. Join us from 12:00-1:00 pm ET / 9:00-10:00 am PT from Friday, February 26 through Friday April 16.
This initial series of discussions focuses on presentations that were originally accepted for the canceled 2020 ELSI Congress and are now available as ~15-minute videos. Please watch the videos you are interested in before attending the related discussion. They will not be shown during the discussion.
The presenters will answer questions about their research and take part in an open discussion with all attendees. Please bring your questions, join the discussion, and expect to network with your colleagues. We hope you will make new connections and start new conversations on ELSI research!
The schedule of the talks and a link to each video are below. Please register for each ELSIconversations event you would like to attend. Contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
Please note: by registering for an ELSIhub event participants and attendees agree to abide by the ELSIhub Code of Conduct.
February 26 - Ethics Practices for the Direct-to-Consumer Industry
Co-Moderators: Mildred Cho and Alexis Walker
March 5 - Community Perspectives on Recruitment to Genetics Research
Co-Moderators: Sandra Soo-Jin Lee and Michelle McGowan
Catherine Hammack-Aviran: Sexual and Gender Minorities’ Perspectives on Genetic Privacy and Identity in Research
March 19 - Oversight of Human-Animal Chimera Research: Views of Scientists, Researchers, Oversight Committees, and the Public - REGISTER
Co-Moderators: Mildred Cho and Hank Greely
March 26 - Identifying Best Practices for Clinical Genetics Delivery - REGISTER
Co-Moderators: Sandra Soo-Jin Lee and Barbara Biesecker
April 2 - Issues at the Intersection of Identity and Genome Science - REGISTER
Co-Moderators: Mildred Cho and Osagie Obasogie
April 16 - Challenges and Opportunities in Implementing Precision Medicine at the National Scale - REGISTER
Co-Moderators: Sandra Soo-Jin Lee and Malia Fullerton
COVID-19 & Ethics: Health, Inequality, and Justice Events
Please click here for all COVID-19 & Ethics: Health, Inequality, and Justice Events
CLICK here for details on 2021 CCME Events
Event dates are subject to change. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for up-to-date event queries and to register for the zoom link.
Wednesday, April 21, 6:15-7:45 pm EST
Harriet Washington, Writer in Medical Ethics, Author of Medical Apartheid, Ethics of Student-Run Clinics
Harriet A. Washington is a science writer, editor, ethicist, and author of Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Informed Consent in Medical Research (2021, Columbia Global Reports); and A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind. She has been a Writing Fellow in Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, the 2015-2016 MiriamShearing Fellow at the University of Nevada's Black Mountain Institute, a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. She has also held fellowships at Stanford University, and teaches bioethics at Columbia University, where she delivered the 2020 commencement speech to Columbia’s School of Public Health graduates and won the 2020 Mailman School of Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Award, as well as the 2020-21 Kenneth and Mamie Clark Distinguished Lecture Award.In 2016 she was elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Monday, May 10, 6:15-7:45 pm EST : Ethical Challenges in the Care of the Critically Ill Newborn
- Dr. Mark Mercurio, Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Chief, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics, Yale School of Medicine, Director, Yale Pediatrics Ethics Program
- Elvira Parravicini, MD, VP&S, moderator
January 27: How Physicians Partnered with the Nazi Regime: Possible Lessons for Today - Columbia Center for Clinical Medical Ethics - CLICK HERE to watch the recording.
Columbia Center for Research on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics
May 28, 2021: Do Genetic Findings Impact Perceptions of Responsibility? A Public Virtual Symposium – Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics
When: May 28, 2021
Time: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Eastern Time
Registration is free
- Mondays, 12:00-1:00pm Eastern Time
- All seminars for the 2020-21 academic year will be held online.
- To register and to receive the zoom link, please email: Janee.Frankel@nyspi.columbia.edu.
- Titles will be added before each event.
2020-2021 Seminar Series
April 19 – David Veenstra, PhD, School of Pharmacy, University of Washington
May 17 – Daniel Geschwind, MD, Dept. of Neurology, UCLA
June 14 – Bettina Meiser, PhD, Psychosocial Research Group, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (Note: this seminar will take place from 4-5p eastern time)
Steven Joffe, MD, Founders Professor Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Professor of Pediatrics, Interim Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
- Monday, March 15, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm EST
- Precision medicine has advanced furthest in oncology, where testing of tumor genomes for somatic variants that might inform targeted therapies has become routine in many settings. Questions frequently arise about whether variants detected in tumor DNA might be of germline origin, yet paradigms for evaluating the germline are poorly developed. This talk will describe the frequency of clinically important germline variants in patients with cancer, the relationship between evaluation of somatic and germline genomes, and the systemic challenges that cancer medicine faces in incorporating considerations of germline risk into routine cancer care.
- Susan Domchek, MD, Basser Center for BRCA, University of Pennsylvania
- February 22, 2021 - 12:00 pm
- This presentation will review issues of clinical validity and clinical utility related to genetic testing for cancer susceptibility. Particular attention will be paid to the clinical challenges of variants of uncertain significance.
- Watch the recording
For additional information or to convey suggestions about future speakers, contact Paul S. Appelbaum, MD, Director, Center for Research on the Ethical, Legal, & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics, Department of Psychiatry, at 646-774-8630 or email@example.com.
March 24: Racing with Vaccines: Data, Narratives, and Ethics - Columbia University Bioethics Program - CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
April 1: Race and Bioethics: Amplifying Diverse Voices - Columbia University Bioethics Program - CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
Please click here to view past events and recordings.
Columbia Precision Medicine, Precision Medicine and Society, and Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture
Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Advances in Precision Medicine: Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disease – the Fifth Annual Columbia Precision Medicine Initiative (CPMI) conference.
The recent past has seen major advances in the understanding of the genetic and genomic architecture of neurodevelopmental disorders. We now have a deeper understanding of how genetic risk for many complex traits including neurodevelopmental disorders is driven by natural selection and distributed across the allelic spectrum.
While reliable results have emerged for conditions ranging from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder to autism, providing important insights into aspects of the neurobiology of these syndromes, a comprehensive understanding of their underlying biology is still out of reach.
In addition to the emerging genetic and molecular advances, there is the increasing realization that neurodevelopmental disorders target specific brain circuits. The interaction between genetic background, brain structure, and brain function is now the scientific background upon which specific neurodevelopmental conditions can be studied and understood.
Columbia Precision Medicine and Society
10:45 am - 3:00 pm
10:45 am - Introduction by Gil Eyal and Paul Appelbaum
11:00a - 12:45p: The Contribution of Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics to Precision Medicine
- Moderated by Bhaven Sampat and Ashley Swanson
- Stephen Coussens, Columbia University
- Emma Pierson, Microsoft Research, Cornell Tech
- Ziad Obermeyer, University of California Berkeley
- Dan Zeltzer, Tel Aviv University
12:45 - 1:15p Lunch break
1:15p - 3:00p: Empirical Studies of Ethical Issues Raised by Genomics Research
- Moderated by Sandra Soo-Jin Lee
- Anna Jabloner, Harvard University
- Daphne Martschenko, Stanford University
- Jenny Reardon, University of California Santa Cruz
- Krystal Tsosie, Vanderbilt University
Registration is free, but required.
Columbia Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture
Precision medicine - an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person - raises a myriad of cultural, political, and historical questions that the humanities and social sciences are uniquely positioned to address. The PMEPC lecture series represents a broad-based exploration of questions that precision medicine raises in law, ethics, the social sciences, economics, and the humanities.
The Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Project is co-directed by Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Bioethics and Gil Eyal, PhD, Professor of Sociology. For more information on this project, please visit https://precisionmedicine.columbia.edu/content/precision-medicine-and-society and socialdifference.columbia.edu
- Columbia University is committed to creating an environment that includes and welcomes people with disabilities. If you need accommodations because of a disability, please email Diana Garofalo at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
April 8, 2021 – Mobilizing mutations: Remaking illness in genomic medicine – Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Project - CLICK HERE for more information and to register
- Dr. Dan Navon, University of California, San Diego
- April 8, 5-6:30pm
The Dean's Grand Rounds on the Future of Public Health
COVID-19 Lessons for Population Mental Health
Thursday, April 15, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Gary S. Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH
Founder, Billion Minds Institute
Former NYC Deputy Health Commissioner
2020-2021 McSilver Fellow-in-Residence
McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University
Kathleen J. Sikkema, PhD
Chair and Stephen Smith Professor
Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH (moderator)
Dean, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
DeLamar Professor of Public Health Practice
Professor, Epidemiology and Medicine
Senior Vice President, Columbia University Medical Center
Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience
Neuroscience and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education: Promises and Challenges – Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience
April 6, 3:30-5:00 PM (ET), Zoom
The panelists, including Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, will discuss what research and practice from psychology, education, and neuroscience can offer us for achieving the benefits and promises of diversity.
- Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University and Faculty Member at Columbia Law School
- Dana E. Crawford, Clinical Psychologist and Scholar-in-Residence, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University
- Wanda Holland Greene, Head of School at The Hamlin School and Vice Chair of The Trustees of Columbia University
- Elizabeth A. Phelps, Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
- Michael Shadlen, Professor of Neuroscience, Columbia University
- Moderated by Valerie Purdie-Greenaway, Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by Columbia’s Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
April 7 – Changing Behavior to Fight Racism and Bias – Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute – CLICK HERE for more information and to register
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM; please register by April 5
In this virtual Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture Series event, we will hear two 15-minute talks from experts at Columbia University whose research focuses on recognizing and reducing social inequalities due to racism. Dr. Dana E. Crawford, clinical psychologist and Scholar-in-Residence at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, will talk about how we must view anti-racism work as humanitarianism, impacting all of humanity with particularly prominent devastation levels in the United States. She will discuss how we can reduce the impact of racism and white toxicity, including through her internal processing model, “LET UP.” Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn, Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University, will speak about how the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent uprisings sparked by ongoing racial violence have exposed some of the deepest and most persistent inequalities in our society. Centering the critical importance of directly engaging anti-Black racism, Dr. Cogburn will invite us to not only evaluate how we correct harmful systems but to fundamentally expand and reimagine the possibilities of our collective futures.
Following the two talks, Dr. Ariel J. Mosley, postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in the Columbia Social and Moral Cognition Lab, will then moderate a discussion with the speakers. Audience questions are welcomed, either submitted during registration or live during the event.
For more information about this event, please contact the Zuckerman Institute at email@example.com
Local, National, and International Events
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs • NYC
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The Hastings Center • Garrison NY
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April 20: Vaccine Access, Vaccine Hesitancy: Challenges to Herd Immunity - The Hastings Center
April 20, 1 PM Eastern Time, featuring Rhea Boyd, a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar who focuses on the relationship between structural racism, inequity, and health; Maya Goldenberg, author of a new book on vaccine hesitancy; and Hastings Center President Mildred Solomon. Learn more and register.
NYU-Langone • NYC
March 5: Expanded Access and Right to Try: Using Unapproved Medical Products - Healthcare and Research Ethics For Covid-19 Webinar series from NYU|Langone Division of Ethics Working Group on Compassionate Use & Preapproval Access. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
The mission of the Working Group on Pediatric Gene Therapy and Medical Ethics is to advance research, policy, and education regarding ethical issues surrounding gene therapy trials. We seek to promote improved understanding of challenges and nascent best practices for ethical research across the evolving landscape of genetic technologies.
March 24-25: Making Progress on Death: Towards an Updated Normative Framework – Neubauer Collegium, University of Chicago – CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
Over 50 years after its inception, the Neurological Standard for Declaration of Death (NSDD) remains a subject of criticisms and challenges. Despite being widely established within medical practice and the law, there remains considerable public confusion about the meaning of the term “brain dead” and its relation to the death of a human being. There is also dissent by some clinicians, philosophers, and other critical observers in claiming that “brain death” is, indeed, the death of the human being. Some of these critics have published evidence of ongoing integrated bodily activities in some patients meeting the criteria of “whole brain death” and who have claimed that this evidence invalidates the rationale for today’s consensus position, and makes the NSDD akin to a medical/legal/social construct. At the other extreme, there are pressures against insisting that declaring death, or at least “organ donation eligibility,” requires the irreversible loss of function in the whole brain. These challenges necessitate a re-examination of the neurological standard. In this conference, we intend to undertake such a re-examination. We have invited a diverse multidisciplinary group of experts who will critically discuss and engage with the philosophical, medical, and legal aspects of current debates surrounding the declaration of death based on neurologic criteria. The goal is to investigate points of controversy in depth with an eye towards lessening disagreements, exploring alternatives, and considering how to engage with the public.
March 29: Structural Racism in the COVID-19 Pandemic – The American Journal of Bioethics – CLICK HERE for more information and to register
March 29, 9:00 - 10:15 am PDT / 12:00 - 1:15 pm EST
Join us for a webinar on Structural Racism in the COVID-19 Pandemic, hosted by AE John Lantos, MD, featuring panelists Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, Georges C. Benjamin, MD, & Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH.
Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medical Sciences at Columbia University’s Center for Precision Medicine and Genomics and the Division of Ethics. A transdisciplinary scholar encompassing law, political science, and bioethics, she specializes in research ethics and genomics, disability justice and health disparities, and human rights law. Her work centers around societal inclusion of and health equity for marginalized communities.
Georges Benjamin, MD is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders because he speaks passionately and eloquently about the health issues having the most impact on our nation today. From his firsthand experience as a physician, he knows what happens when preventive care is not available and when the healthy choice is not the easy choice. As executive director of APHA since 2002, he is leading the Association’s push to make America the healthiest nation in one generation.
Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH is a Professor of Law and Executive Director for the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity at Saint Louis University. She specializes in racial health disparities in health care, the political economy of health care, and social justice in medical research. She has dedicated her career to improving the lives of vulnerable populations by addressing the lack of equal access to quality health care.
Association of Bioethics and the Humanities (ASBH)
- The ASBH 23nd Annual Conference: Bioethics and Humanities at the Crossroads
- October 13-16, 2021
- Registration and Information
Foundation Brocher 2021 calendar of events
4 - 6 May 2021
- Brocher Symposia - Kendal Evie, Kelaher Margaret, Baynam Gareth, Ferdinand Angeline
- ELSI in epigenetics: Indigenous, national and global perspectives
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11 - 12 May 2021
- Brocher workshop - Bierer Barbara
- Promoting Global Clinical Research in Children
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19 - 20 May 2021
- Brocher Symposia - Lasker Judith, Donkor Peter, Benzian Habib
- Ethics and Impact of Short-term Programs in Global Health
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26 - 28 May 2021
- Brocher workshop - Kingma Elselijn, Verweij Joanne, Romanis Chloe
- Realistic ELSI of "Artificial Wombs"
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