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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.

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The Erie County Department of Health has created a hotline for COVID-19 related calls: 716-858-2929

ROMANELL FELLOWS RESPONDING TO COVID-19

2020 ROMANELL FELLOWS BLOG
The blog papers are here.

Topic 1: The Ethics of Rationing - Emanuel, Wertheimer and Persad’s paper “Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions”.  The blog is here.

Topic 2: How To Allocate Scarce Health Resources Without Discriminating Against People With Disabilities by Tyler M. John,  Joseph Millum, David Wasserman. The blog is here.

Topic 3: A Defense of Compulsory Vaccination by Jessica Flanigan. The blog is here.

Topic 4: Solidarity and Responsibility in Health Care by Ben Davies and Julian Savulescu. The blog is here.

Topic 5: Equality or Priority? by Derek Parfit. The blog is here.

Topic 6. Social value, clinical equipoise, and research in a public health emergency by A. J. London

RCCE FELLOWS NEWS: 
THE INFECTIOUS DISEASE ONTOLOGY IN 2020
Authors: Shane Babcock, John Beverley, Lindsay G. Cowell, Barry Smith Published online - OFS PrePrints.
Read article by Bert Gambini, Ontology powerful weapon against COVID-19.

Also see the related paper, The Coronavirus Infectious Disease Ontology (CIDO), here.

FALL 2020

The Romanell Center's Fall 2020 workshops will likely include participants, previously scheduled:

Elizabeth Victor (William Paterson University) “Autonomy and Risk Assessment in Prison-based Research”

Steve Kershnar (Fredonia, Romanell Fellow) “Informed Consent: Circularity, Paradox, & Information as a Commodity” 

David Hershenov (University at Buffalo, Romanell Center) “Why Bioethicists Should Reject Psychological & Hybrid Accounts of Personal Identity”

Alex Gillham (St. Bonaventure) Topic: "Epicureanism and Deprivationism."

EVENT PENDING:
July 30-August 1, 2020, 8th Annual Summer Romanell Conference

For more information about our events, or for advanced copies of workshop papers, contact David Hershenov, dh25@buffalo.edu

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