Events

Throughout the year, the Romanell Center hosts speakers, conferences, debates, and other events. Our events are free and open to the public.

Romanell Third Tuesday Lecture-Series

Join us this fall and spring, on the third Tuesday of each month, for a series of lectures and workshops by distinguished speakers. The 2017-2018 schedule is forthcoming.

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Our conference on Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine, PANTC 2015, featured keynotes by Jerome Wakefield and Christopher Boorse.

Current Events

Romanell Conference, July 28 & 29, 2017

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2017-2018 Romanell Working Committees/Reading Groups Schedule

Note: Committees meet the third Tuesday of each month.

  • June 20, 2017, Ontology of Medicine Reading group. David Hershenov paper choice, Kingma’s “Naturalism about Health and Disease: Adding Nuance for Progress”, and David Limbaugh’s “Harm in the Damage Sense: The Concept of ‘Harm’ in the Concept of Mental Disorder”.
  • July 22, 2017, Romanell Conference keynote papers by Schechtman, Marquis and Lizza on personal identity and our Origins.
  • September 19, 2017, Health, Harm and Well-Being reading group. Jim Delaney paper choice, "Harm and the Boundaries of Disease” by McGivern and Sorial.
  • October 17,  2017,  End of Life Issues Reading group. Neil Feit choice “The Time of Death’s Badness” by Jens Johansson.
  • November 21, 2017, Clinical Ethics Reading Group. Harvey Berman paper choice, tba.
  • December 19, 2017, Creation and Enhancement Reading group. Rose Hershenov paper choice, tba.
  • January 16, 2018, Ontology of Medicine Reading Group. John Keller paper choice, Peter Graham selections from George Graham’s An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness.
  • February 20, 2018, Autonomy, Addiction and Accountability Reading Group, Rob Kelly paper choice, “Addiction and the Concept of Disorder by Jerry Wakefield.
  • March 20, 2018, Foundations of Bioethics Reading Group. Steve Kershnar paper choice, “Can Consequences be Right Makers”.
  • April 24, 2018, Health, Harm and Well-Being Working group. David Limbaugh paper choice, Stephen M. Campbell's: The Concept of Well-Being.
  • May 22, 2018, Geert Craanen paper choice, Onora O’Neil’s “Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics”.
  • June 19, 2018, End of Life Reading Group: Phil Reed paper choice, Jukka Varelius “ Mental Illness, Natural Death, and non-Voluntary Passive Euthanasia.”
  • July 17, 2018, Keynoter papers in preparation for 2018 Romanell Conference.

Past Events

PANTC 2016

PANTC 2015

PANTC 2014

PANTC 2013

2016-2017 Featured Speakers

  • David Koepsell JD, PhD, Mexico Comisión Nacional de Bioética, "The Blockchain and Personal Genomics: tracking rights and responsibilities securely", 9/20/16.
  • Stephen Kershnar, JD, PhD, Fredonia, "People are not morally responsible and why this matters for medical ethics", 10/18/16.
  • Miriam Shuchman MD, University of Toronto, 11/15/16.
  • Barry Smith PhD, UB, "Document-Driven Healthcare", 12/20/16.
  • Joseph Fins MD, Cornell Univ, 1/17/17.
  • David Essi, UB, Comparative Effectiveness Research: Case studies in Germany & the United States, 2/21/17.
  • Steven Fliesler PhD, UB, "Scientific Misconduct: The Nature of the Beast", 3/21/17.
  • Heather Ochs-Balcom, UB, 4/18/17.
  • Susan Smith, UB, 5/16/17.
  • Peter Koch, Baylor, 6/20/17.

2011 to 2016 Archive Listing

  • Sean Philpott PhD, Union Graduate Program in Bioethics. "Gonorrhea, Guatemala and Gung-Ho Researchers: The Scandalous History of Research Ethics." 10/17/11.
  • Stephen Wear PhD, UB. "Informed Consent." 12/19/11.
  • Katie Grimm MD, UB: "Population Health: Applying an ethics lens to public health initiatives." 02/20/12.
  • Susan Smith PhD, UB: "The Use of Race in Clinical Research and Practice." 03/19/12.
  • Miriam Shuchman MD, University of Toronto: "Doing research on a vulnerable population: the case of psychotic individuals." 04/16/12
  • Peter Winkelstein, MD, MBA, UB: "Medicine 2.0: Ethical Challenges of Social Media for the Health Profession." 05/21/12.
  • Ana Iltis PhD, Wake Forest: "'Research ethics consultation in a clinical and translational science setting." 06/18/12.
  • David Doukas MD, University of Louisville: "Cultivating Humanism in the Clinical Scientist." 07/24/12
  • Jack Freer MD, UB: "Return of individual research results." 09/18/12.
  • Harvey Berman PhD, UB "How Vioxx exposed conflicts of interest at FDA and The New England Journal." 10/16/12.
  • Barry Smith PhD, UB. "Ethics, Informatics and Obamacare." 11/20/12.
  • Stephen Wear PhD, UB, "Informed Consent: what should it ideally/practically involve?" 01/15/13.
  • Steven Fliesler PhD, UB. "Research Misconduct: The Nature of the Beast." 02/19/13.
  • Jim Lavery MSc, PhD, Univ Toronto, "Re-thinking the ethical foundations of community engagement in research." 03/19/13.
  • Dorothy Wright MA, MLS, UB, "Informed Consent: The Role of Trust and Assurances." 04/16/13.
  • Nancy Rourke PhD, Canisius, "Swallowing Sacrament: Dementia and the Eucharist." 05/21/13.
  • Jack Freer MD, UB, "Vulnerability and research at the end of life" 06/18/14.
  • D.Alan Shewmon MD, UCLA, "Vegetative State: Clinical and Ethical Update." 08/20/13.
  • Diane Schwartz MLS, Kaleida, UB, "Evidence Based Medicine & Critical Appraisal of the Literature; Supporting Ethical Clinical Decisions." 09/17/13.
  • Stephen Wear, PhD, UB, .Lies to the Sick and Dying Revisited. 11/19/13.
  • Nicoleta Voian, MD, MPH, RPCI, "Ethics and Genetics", 12/17/13.
  • Barry Smith, PhD UB, ""Clinical Trial Data Wants To Be Free: Lessons from the NIAID Immunology Database and Analysis Portal", 01/21/14.
  • Harvey Berman PhD, MPH, UB, "Noninvasive Prenatal Testing: Has the slippery slope become slipperier?" 02/18/13.
  • Jason Eberl PhD, Marian University and Indiana University Center for Bioethics, Richard Gronostajski PhD, UB, Western New York Stem Cell Culture and Analysis Center (WNYSTEM), "Societal Issues in Stem Cell Research." 03/18/14.
  • Camille Wicher PhD, RN, RPCI,"What Research Reveals about the African American Perception of Hospice", 04/15/14.
  • Jack Freer MD, UB, "The Research-Treatment Distinction.an obsolete concept?" 05/20/14.
  • David Hershenov PhD, UB Philosophy, Rose Hershenov PhD, Niagara U Philosophy, "Health, Harm and Potential", 06/17/14.
  • Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter PhD, UB Family Medicine. "Patient Voices Network: Ethical considerations in Participatory Research", 09/16/14.
  • Miriam Shuchman MD, UB, U Toronto, "Research Collaborations Between High- and Low-income Countries -- equity, ethics, and Ebola research", 10/21/14.
  • Lisa Lehman MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, "High Value Care and the Physician-Patient Relationship", 11/18/14.
  • Kim Griswold MD, UB Family Medicine, "Ethical issues in providing services to refugee and asylum seekers", 12/16/14.
  • Nicoleta Voian, MD, MPH, RPCI, "Ethical aspects of genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes", 1/20/15.
  • Steven Fliesler PhD, UB Ophthalmology, "Plagiarism: Walking on the Dark Side", 2/17/15.
  • Barry Smith PhD, UB Philosophy, "Ontology of Aging and Death", 3/17/15.
  • David Kaye MD, UB Psychiatry, "Ethical Questions in Pediatric Primary Care/Psychiatry Collaborative Care Programs", 4/21/15.
  • James DuBois DSc PhD, Washington Univ St. Louis, "Responding to Wrongdoing in Research", 5/19/15.
  • Stephen Kershnar PhD, Fredonia, "Quantifying Health", 6/16/15.
  • Camille Wicher PhD, RN, RPCI,"Incidental Findings in Research", 10/20/15.
  • Harvey Berman, PhD, UB Pharmacology, "Scientific Fraud." 11/17/15.
  • Timothy Quill MD, Univ of Rochester, "Last Resort Options for Intractable Suffering: What is possible in New York now and in the future?" 12/15/15
  • Nancy Rourke PhD, Canisius, "The Ethics Beyond Ugly Sweaters: Lying and Advanced Dementia", 1/19/16.
  • David Hershenov PhD, UB Philosophy, "Death and Dignity." 2/16/16.
  • Phillip Reed PhD, Canisius, "Suicide and Assisted Dying." 3/15/16.
  • Jack Freer MD, UB Medicine, ".Decision Making Capacity and Aphasia." 4/19/16.
  • Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter PhD, UB Family Medicine, (co-presented with Sarah Reilly, UB IRB), "Describing the role of community members in research: Researcher and IRB perspectives." 5/17/16.
  • Geert Craenen MD, Buffalo VA, UB Ophthalmology, "The Moral Agency of Virtual Surgical Simulators." 6/21/16.