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The Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care, established at the University at Buffalo in 1994, is now the Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine. The name change honors the 2003 testimentary gift bestowed by Edna Romanell, while reflecting a focus on bioethics in today's complex health care concerns. As a multi-disciplinary center with a long tradition of coordinating academic activities, the Center is poised to expand collaborative research and experience-based learning at UB to better serve the communities of Western New York, Southern Ontario, and borders beyond our own.

Since retiring from clinical medicine, Jack Freer has been spending more time working on pastel painting. This image depicts a scene in Florence during a 1629-31 outbreak of bubonic plague.

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ACTIVITIES AT-A-GLANCE

SELECTED EVENTS 

  • May 14, Alan Shewmon (UCLA Medical School Emeritus) Read ahead workshop on “Constructing the Death Elephant: A Synthetic Paradigm Shift for the Definition, Criteria, and Tests for Death”
  • May 21, Matthew Liao (New York University Zitrin Chair of Bioethics, Director of the Center for Bioethics. “A Right Response to Anti-Natalism” Read-ahead worshop
  • May 28, Jason Eberl (Saint Louis University Professor of Health Care Ethics and Philosophy, Director, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics) “Does Enhancement Violate Human ‘Nature”?
  • June 11, Jeff McMahan (Oxford University White Professor Moral Philosophy) “Moral Reasons to Cause Well-off People to Exist”. Will likely be a read ahead workshop
  • June 25, Peter Koch (Villanova University) “Why Psychiatrists Can't Get Consent for Psychopathy Assessments”  

SEE ALL ROMANELL CENTER EVENTS HERE.

SELECTED DISCUSSION BLOGS

  • March, Dan Sulmasy PhD/MD (Georgetown University, Director of Pellegrino Center)  “Whole-brain death and integration: realigning the ontological concept with clinical diagnostic tests” 
  • April, Harvey Berman (UB Med School) 
  • May, Phil Reed (Canisius College)
  • June, Jeremy Williams (University of Birmingham, England) paper “On Anti-Abortion Violence”.

SEE THE ROMANELL CENTER DISCUSSION BLOG HERE.