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September 2023 Bioethics Workshop

Join us September 29, 30, October 1, 2023, for the weekend-long event featuring presentations and discussions by guest speakers and Romanell fellows. Jerome C. Wakefield (NYU) delivers the keynote, “Boorse’s Biostatistical Account of Pathology vs. Wakefield’s Harmful Dysfunctional Account of Disorder".  

Park Hall 141, UB North Campus


Friday September 29

6:00-8:00 pm Keynote Address #1: Jerry Wakefield (NYU), Topic 
"Boorse’s Biostatistical Account of Pathology vs. Wakefield’s Harmful Dysfunctional Account of Disorder"

Saturday September 30

9:00-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-10:50 Nick Colgrove (Augusta University) “Theoretical Virtues and the Abortion Debate: A Comprehensive Method for Resolving Disagreement.”

10:50-11:00 Break

11:00-12:20 David Shoemaker (Cornell) and Shaun Nichols (Cornell) “Personal Identity in the Wild: Identity Sourced Reasons in Bioethics.”

12:30-2:30 Lunch

2:40-4:00 John Martin Fischer (University of California Riverside) “The Good of Immortality”

4:00-4:15 Break

4:15-6:15 Keynote Address #2: Jerry Wakefield (NYU), Topic "Bob Spitzer's attempts to define mental disorder and Depathologize Homosexuality"

7:15-9:30 Dinner

Sunday October 1

9:00-11:00 am Jerry Wakefield (NYU) Working Brunch (Marriot Hotel)

For more information or advanced copies of the papers contact David Hershenov at dh25@buffalo.edu

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.

Recent Article

American Journal of Bioethics 23 publishes article by Romanell Fellow

James Cordeiro: “On the Moral Permissibility of Elective Ectogestation” American Journal of Bioethics 23 (5):116-118 (2023)

The advent of artificial womb technology (AWT) raises serious moral questions, many capably framed and reviewed in De Bie et. al.’s (2022) focal article on the ethics of AWT and fetonates. Cordeiro’s commentary  addresses the moral permissibility of “elective ectogestation” (EE) which  receives sparse treatment in this otherwise admirable review. 

EE refers to fetal transfer to an artificial womb during in vivo gestation at the mother’s request for non-medically indicated reasons, such as reduction of perceived burdens of gestation or earlier resumption of social life and careers. Cordeiro’s argument against its moral permissibility responds to recent arguments for its permissibility on grounds of maternal autonomy (e.g., Nelson, 2022) or as part of a regulatory compromise (Rasanen, 2022).  Continue reading.


Jack Freer, Artist

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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