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Welcoming Amanda Porter, PhD - Our newest faculty member

On behalf of the Department of Bioethics, we are very pleased to welcome our newest faculty member Amanda Porter as Assistant Professor and Health Care Ethicist. Amanda joins our Ethics Collaborations Team in providing ethics support for the IWK Health Centre, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network; and also will be involved in teaching a variety of learners in medicine and other health professions. She has a PhD in philosophy and worked as an Ethicist with Alberta Health Services for 4 years. Most recently, Amanda worked with the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists as a Policy Analyst. Learn more about Amanda here.

 

 

Congratulations to Tim Holland, the new President of Doctors Nova Scotia

Congratulations and best wishes to our very own Tim Holland in his new role as President of Doctors Nova Scotia. Tim has a refugee practice in Halifax, a family practice in Indian Brook, and is an emergency doctor in Colchester. Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and cross-appointed to Bioethics, you can read more about him on his faculty profile page.

He has taken "the helm of the physicians group as Nova Scotia deals with a number of health-care issues, from a doctor shortage to low morale among doctors." (from Jennifer Ludlow's CBC article, linked below)

Read Jennifer Ludlow's CBC piece about his focus on tackling the physician shortage in Nova Scotia. [opens in a new window]

 

 

Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS)
2017-2018 Academic Year

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon in room G-36.
Everybody is welcome.
If you'd like to attend by videoconference, please advise Tamatha at least one week in advance, so she can make the arrangements.
Also, if you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.

September 11, 2017 — Presenter:  Fiona McDonald
October 16, 2017 (in B-A3) — Presenter: Marika Warren
November 20, 2017 (in B-A3) — Presenter: Lynette Reid
April 16, 2018 -- Presenter: Fiona McDonald  
April 30, 2018 (in B-A3) — Presenter:  Marika Warren      
May 14, 2018 — Presenter: Yukiko Asada
June 11, 2018 — Postponed - Presenter: Sharon Batt - Postponed until Autumn
June 18, 2018 (in B-A3) -- Presenter: Joel Adelson

September 10, 2018 - Presenter: Lisbeth Nielsen

 

 


Bioethics events elsewhere

 

 

When Cultures Clash: Navigating Ethical Disagreements Related to Diversity

2018 Pediatrics Bioethics Conference
July 20-21, 2018
Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Seattle, Washington

Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
Seattle Children's Research Institute

The delivery of healthcare is practiced increasingly within a multicultural context. Patients and their healthcare providers may not share the same cultural or religious belief systems, which can lead to challenges in finding a shared understanding of illness and negotiating a treatment plan that satisfies the ethical constraints of all parties — particularly in the case of a child patient with a parent decision maker.

Commonly accepted ethical principles and practices related to disclosure, truth-telling, confidentiality, fidelity and refusal of important medical care may be challenged by families who hold beliefs that differ from those of the provider. Is there room for compromise? When compromise is not possible, whose belief system should prevail? How can providers better communicate with patients of divergent cultural backgrounds?

What factors should be considered in deciding whether to respect a parent’s refusal to consent to important medical treatment?

What is the best way to communicate with a parent who is refusing an important medical intervention for their child based on religious or cultural reasons?

When is it appropriate to withhold a diagnosis from a child at the parents’ request?

Should family requests for a healthcare provider of a different gender or race be permitted?


Join us for our 14th annual pediatric bioethics conference, where we will discuss ethical issues raised when patients and healthcare professionals have conflicting belief systems.

For more information, check out the center's website or the conference page directly. The deadline for abstract submission is May 11, 2018.

 

 

International Bioethics Summer School

Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI), in collaboration with New York Medical College and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association, invite students and professionals worldwide to attend the International Bioethics Summer School hosted by the Bohemian National Hall. Join us for this one-of-a-kind educational opportunity! The program is hosted by the Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St., Manhattan, NY.

Participants interested or working in the life-sciences, medicine, law, public policy, health care industry and biotechnology sectors, among them, are encouraged to take part in this the unique educational and collaborative experience.

Our US and international participants would be exposed to a unique type of training facilitating an intercultural dialogue on issues with global impact in medicine, life sciences and biotechnology.

The training consists in a series of lectures and seminars by notable faculty, unique field trips, film screenings, evening events with guest speakers open to public and a mini-conference prior to the graduation ceremony. The lectures cover a wide range of important topics with global impact and relevance. Controversial policy an and ethical issues such as: stem cell research and regenerative medicine, End-of-Life decision making, the impact of reproductive technologies, research on human subjects, organ transplantation as well as the universal access to health care, are presented.

Location: Bohemian National Hall, Manhattan, New York
Dates: July 23 - August 3, 2018

Check out their website for more information.

 

 

8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

UBC’s Interprofessional Continuing Education is pleased to announce the release of their Call for Abstracts and Advanced Notice for the 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, being held March 6-9, 2019 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The Call for Abstracts is open online and the deadline for submissions is September 7, 2018.

For more information, please see their website: http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/initiatives/fasd2019/

 


 

Recent Events, here and elsewhere

 

Werewolf - free public screening and panel discussion

Novel Tech Ethics (Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie) invites you to a free public screening of WEREWOLF, followed by a moderated, expert-led panel discussion about opioid use disorder and related health and social issues. All are welcome.

Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 8:45 pm
Location: Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road

SYNOPSIS: The hardscrabble existence of two homeless, young people living with opiod use disorder is portrayed with sensitivity and brutal honesty in the debut feature by Nova Scotia director, Ashley McKenzie.

MODERATOR: Tim Krahn  

FACILITATORS:

  • Mr. Chris Clayton - Outreach Worker, Mainline Needle Exchange
  • Dr. Robert Strang - Chief Public Health Officer, Nova Scotia
  • Dr. Karen Foster - Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada
  • Dr. Sherry Stewart - Canada Research Chair in Addiction and Mental Health

Download the event poster here. (PDF will open in a new window.)

 


 

2018 Conference of the Canadian Bioethics Society

"Just Health: Balancing Interests, Needs, and Obligations"

The Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University is hosting this year's conference in May, on the Studley Campus of Dalhousie University.

***Check in at the lobby of the Marion MacCain Building on Thursday and Friday.***

 

Registration is now open. (Et ici pour la version française)

Dates: May 23-25, 2018

Locations: The opening plenary is at Pier 21

The main conference events are at Dalhousie's "McCain Building" on the corner of University Avenue and LeMarchant Street, across from the Killam Library.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/582726355393244

We're putting together a page of assorted useful information here.

 

 

The 8th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): Review, Respond and Relate – Integrating Research, Policy and Practice Around the World


April 18-21, 2018
The Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Although there have been thousands of published articles in FASD in general, there has been limited research specifically on adolescents and adults with FASD or on individuals across the lifespan. As those individuals diagnosed with FASD continue to age, the “need to know” across a broad spectrum of areas is becoming critically important for identifying clinically relevant research questions and directions.

This interactive 2018 conference will provide an opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing these issues. We will welcome a diverse group of professionals, researchers, students, families and individuals with FASD.

Please take a look at our Call for Abstracts.

For more information, please visit our website.
Or, send us an email to get on an enquiry list for updates.
 

Age and Longevity in the 21st Century: Science, Policy & Ethics

Date: April 13-15, 2018
Location: New York City
     Millenium Hilton, One UN Plaza

The three-day conference, “Age and Longevity in the 21st Century: Science, Policy, and Ethics,” sponsored by Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) and New York Medical College (NYMC), offers a unique opportunity to call attention to the impact of new technologies on the global profile of aging and longevity. By facilitating expert discussion in a unique setting regarding broad-based perspectives on these topics, the conference promotes global thinking, scientific exploration and policy orientation at the individual, social, community and macro-societal level.

Visit the website for more information.

 

 

Another Book Launch

Rethinking Rural Health Ethics

Authors: Christy Simpson and Fiona McDonald
Date:
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Location: Room 150, CHEB Bldg, corner of Summer and University
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

 

 

Conference: Is Two-Tier Care the Future? Private Finance in Canadian Medicare

Registration is now open for Is Two-Tier Care the Future? Private Finance in Canadian Medicare, a conference at the University of Ottawa on April 6 & 7, 2018.

Take advantage of the early bird registration rate before February 15! Please see attached poster (PDF, will open in a separate window) or head to their webpage for details.

 

Visiting Professorship in Medical Citizenship

"Medical citizenship means every doctor should have a voice and use it, and every doctor's voice matters. If doctors cannot speak out, we have a problem." This annual visiting professorship is an opportunity to discuss issues of medical citizenship. For more information about the medical citizenship and the annual visiting professorship, please see our Visiting Professorship in Medical Citizenship page.  

 

 

"Who can read my body? Trading off privacy and control for access to genetic and health data"

Speaker: Dr. Anita Ho
Date: March 7, 2018
Time: 7pm
Location: Scotiabank Theatre, Saint Mary's University

See the poster for more information.

 

"Molecular Evolutionary Genetics and the Health of the Human Community: Leaving Racism Behind?"

Speaker: Dr. Joel Adelson
Date: March 5, 2018
Time: 1:30pm
Location: CH&E Classroom, Room 409, Centre for Clinical Research (Note: This is _not_ the building where Bioethics is located. It's the one across the street, next to the IWK.)

See the poster for more information.

 

Book Launch

Health Advocacy Inc. - How Pharmaceutical Funding Changed the Breast Cancer Movement

The Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University invites you to join Dr. Sharon Batt (the author) for a reading, discussion, book signing, and light refreshments at her book launch.

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 6 - 8 PM
Location: Halifax Public Library, Room 301
Address: 5440 Spring Garden Road

Please see the attached poster and press release for more information. Or check out the webpage here.


 

 

Job Opening - Assistant Professor and Health Care Ethicist

Five Year Limited Term Position

The Department of Bioethics invites applications for a five year limited term position for a health care ethicist at the rank of Assistant Professor, with a starting date of February 1, 2018 or as negotiated. This person will be a member of the Ethics Collaborations Team in the Department, which has formal responsibilities to provide ethics support to the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network. This person will also, within the terms of this position, contribute to the mission and mandate of the Department of Bioethics.

The application deadline is November 6, 2017.

For more information, please see the subpage or this PDF file.

 

NSHEN Annual Conference

Date of Part 1: October 31, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Alt Hotel - Halifax Airport and Live-stream

Please see the poster for more information.

 

 

2017 Pediatrics Bioethics Conference (Seattle)

The Cutting Edge - Ethical Controversies in Pediatric Surgery
Seattle Children's Hospital
Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
July 21-22, 2017

Visit their page or this document (PDF) for more information.

The abstract deadline is May 5, 2017.

 

 

Bioethics Works in Progress Sessions (WIPS) 2016-2017

Unless otherwise noted, these are held at noon in room G-36.
Everybody is welcome.
If you'd like to attend by videoconference, please advise Tamatha at least one week in advance, so she can make the arrangements.
Also, if you'd like to be added to our mailing list, to receive reminders of Bioethics WIPS and similar events, simply send an email to Tamatha with that request.

Tentative Schedule:
September 26, 2016 — Presenter: Marika Warren
     Topic: Ethics Consultants and Organizational Confidentiality
October 14, 2016 — Presenter: Michael Mackley
     Please note: this is a Friday.
November 14, 2016 — Presenter: Sharon Batt
December 12, 2016 — Presenter: Jeff Kirby
January 16, 2017 — Presenter: Tim Holland
February 13, 2017 — Presenter: Christy Simpson - postponed due to weather
March 13, 2017 — Presenter: Christy Simpson - postponed again, will be re-scheduled
April 10, 2017 — Presenter: Ben Capps
May 8, 2017 — Presenter: Lynette Reid
June 12, 2017 — Presenter:  Tim Krahn

 

 

Health Law Institute (HLI) Seminar Series

The schedule of seminars for the 2016-2017 year is available here on their website.

Location: Room 104, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
Time: 12:10 - 1:30pm
A light lunch will be set out at noon, in the Faculty Lounge (room 312)
These seminars are free and everyone is welcome.
 

 

UNBROKEN GLASS – public screening followed by expert-led, panel discussion

NOVEL TECH ETHICS (Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University) is hosting a public screening of the documentary film UNBROKEN GLASS followed by an expert-led, panel discussion on dealing with the challenges of schizophrenia, early parental death, family resilience, and being a cultural minority in America. Free admission. All are welcome. Come early. Seating is limited. No reservations.

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time
: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: QEII Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary, ground floor, 1796 Summer St. entrance.

SYNOPSIS
Twenty years after the death of his parents, filmmaker Dinesh Sabu begins a journey to finally piece together their story. Uncovering a silenced family history of mental illness, Dinesh confronts the legacy of having a schizophrenic mother who died by suicide, the reality of growing up an orphaned immigrant, and the trauma of these events. Can he reconcile these truths all while living in the specter of mental illness?

MODERATOR: Tim Krahn (Research Associate, Novel Tech Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS).

FACILITATORS:
• Sabina Abidi (Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University & IWK Youth Psychosis Team. Head, Division of Outpatient Services, IWK Mental Health & Addictions Program, Halifax NS).
• Karim Dharamsi (Philosopher. Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, Mount Royal College, Calgary AB).
• Carol Lamarche (Mental Health Knowledge Translation Specialist. Healing Tree Communications, Halifax NS).

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
• Schizophrenia
• Family resilience and coping
• Living as a cultural minority in America
• Early parental death
• Suicide

Web page: http://bit.ly/2mkUJUo
For more information contact Tim Krahn at tim.krahn@dal.ca or by telephone at 902-494-2990.
 

 

 

The 5th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference

Date: November 16-18, 2016
Location: The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Hosting Organization: UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education
Event Series: Health & Wellbeing conference in 2016.  

Moving from Diagnosis to Practical Strategies

The term Developmental Disabilities (DD) refers to individuals with Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum and related genetic syndromes such as Down and Fragile X Syndrome. Children, youth and adults with DD are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2016 conference will focus on practical strategies to optimize their potential. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD, and their families, to improve their quality of life experience.

Children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities are vulnerable to high rates of general health and mental health concerns. This interactive 2016 conference will focus on practical strategies to optimize their potential. Our goal is to help clinicians and caregivers learn effective ways to work with individuals with DD, their families, and to improve their quality of life experience.

The conference will also provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural, mental health, and complex physical health specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.

Visit the conference website for more information, and the registration page to register.

Along with the main conference, we are also offering a Free Public Evening Session on Wednesday, November 16.


Email marketing.ipce@ubc.ca to get on an enquiry list for updates.

 

 

Public Lectures - Paul Hutchinson

Paul Hutchinson is a mediator, film-maker, and former director of the Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Northern Ireland. He was here at Dalhousie University in 2014, and he will be back to present a series of public lectures in mid-October.

Dates: October 18-20, 2016
Location: Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie) and Kings University

For more information, please click here. (The link goes to a PDF document which will open in a separate window.)

 


 

2016 NSHEN Workshops --  Living at Risk: Whose Choice is it Anyway?

The registration is now open for the 2016 Workshops Living at Risk: Whose Choice Is It Anyway? We will be doing these in Yarmouth on February 10 and in Sydney on March 10.

Please find attached the information brochure. All registrations must be completed online.

The links to the registration pages are here:

Yarmouth location: https://www.regonline.ca/Yarmouth2016livingatrisk

Sydney location: https://www.regonline.ca/Sydney2016livingatrisk

 


 

Welcome New Faculty Member: Benjamin J. Capps, PhD

 

We are delighted to welcome our newest faculty member to the Department of Bioethics.

Dr. Benjamin J. Capps comes to us from the UK, where he received his PhD in Medicine (Bioethics) from the University of Bristol. More recently, he was an Assistant Professor from 2008 until the summer of 2014 in the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.

Professor Capps’ research interests include One Health, stem cell science and ethics, and neuroethics. His work investigates issues relating to the nexus between applied ethics, normative theory and legal doctrine. He is a member of the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) Committee on Ethics, Law and Society; and advises the NGO think-tank Belris: Bioethics and Legal Research in Singapore. Previously he sat on the Neuroethics Working Group of the Bioethics Advisory Committee of Singapore, and the Pro-Tem National Oversight Committee for Human-Animal Combinations in Stem Cell Research (Singapore Ministry of Health).

He’s jumping right in as the Foundations Component Head, and tutor for MED I students, in Professional Competencies. Also, he will be presenting a Bioethics Works in Progress Session on November 17, 2014 where he will discuss a recent grant awarded to his team by the Singapore Ministry of Health looking at ‘One Health, Zoonotic Diseases and Pandemic Planning: Creating a Bioethics Framework in Singapore’.

We’re also very happy to welcome his partner, Ms. Lisbeth Nielsen. She’s a doctoral student in Bioethics, with Aarhus University in Denmark. Med I students will know her as one of this year’s ProComp tutors, too.