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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.
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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




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.  



Bioethics events elsewhere



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.

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.



Recent Events, here and elsewhere


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
: 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: QEII Royal Bank Theatre, Halifax Infirmary, ground floor, 1796 Summer St. entrance.

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).

• 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).

• 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.