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Bioethics Seminar: Anti-obesity policy and distributive ethics

Monday, 16 October 2017 - Bioethics Centre Seminar Room,  First Floor, 71 Frederick Street. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.
Martin Wilkinson explains why choice-reducing anti-obesity policies would not be justifiable on the grounds that they help their targets.

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Bioethics Seminar: How the Philosophy gets in

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.

Jesse Wall considers the role Bioethics plays in Health Law, outlining how we draw upon philosophical norms when we explain, criticise, justify, and reform the law.

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Bioethics Seminar: Coping with death

Monday, 2 October 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Wellington and Christchurch campus.

Ben Gray (Primary Health Care and General Practice) describes his experience of learning to manage death and dying and speculates on possible ways to assist students to be more comfortable around death.

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Bioethics Seminar: Challenging the role of conscientious objection in medicine

Monday, 25 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).  Also video-linked to Christchurch and Wellington campus.

Angela Ballantyne presents cases of potential conscientious objection to help refine a definition, ensure consistency, and to avoid discrimination. 

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Bioethics Seminar | Beyond safety: Ethical issues in gene editing

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.

How safe and effective are new gene editing tools and what are some of the moral concerns that have have been raised in response to them? What place do these concerns have in public deliberation and science policy?

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Bioethics Seminar |"Caught napping”: New Zealand’s response to the 1967 UK Abortion Act

Monday, 18 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Dunedin. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington campus.

Barbara Brookes explores the impact of the 1967 UK Abortion Act in New Zealand .

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Bioethics Seminar: Religious input in the debate on embryo research in New Zealand

Monday, 11 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.

Gareth Jones examines the extent to which the needs, values and beliefs of Māori, and the different ethical, spiritual, and cultural perspectives in society has occurred in the debate on embryo research.

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Bioethics Seminar: Echoes and replies

Monday, 4 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington.

Neil Pickering reflects on teaching involving poetry in a humanities selective in the 3rd year of the MBChB. Does poetry have a role in medical education?

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Public lectures on animal research

Friday, 1 September 2017 - Red Lecture theatre
Public lectures on animal research with Dr Helena Hogberg and Professor Roger Morris

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Bioethics Seminar: Contemporary challenges in dementia care

Monday, 28 August 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).  Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.

This presentation coincides with the July 2017 publication of a major international report by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care. In light of this report, Brent Hyslop outlines contemporary challenges in dementia care.

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Professor Jing-Bao Nie's Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Reclaiming a sense of common humanity: A Chinese vision

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - Room G10
71 Frederick Street
Dunedin
(entrance off car park on Malcolm Street)

The Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series 2017

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Bioethics Seminar: How should we constrain physicians’ discretionary space to ensure good medicine?

Monday, 21 August 2017 - Bioethics Centre Seminar Room, First Floor, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Wellington and Christchurch Campus.
Guest speaker Doug McConnell, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Charles Stuart University, presents.

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Bioethics Seminar: Hard capacity cases - an English perspective and a plea for help

Monday, 7 August 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington.


Alex Ruck Keene presents preliminary results of research into the way in which the Court of Protection seeks to address difficult capacity cases in England and Wales.

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Bioethics Seminar: Well-being and Being

Monday, 31 July 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington campus.

Andrew Moore explores the idea that difference of one's well-being requires difference of one's being.

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Bioethics Seminar - When shared decision making breaks down: A proposed checklist for reviewing parental refusals of treatment

Monday, 29 May 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin. Also video linked UOW and UOC.

The ethics of over-riding parental decisions for their child continues to challenge clinical and legal professionals throughout the world.  Janine Winters explores a proposed checklist  intended to prompt advisors, mediators and arbiters of disputes.

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Bioethics Seminar: Anti-Psychiatry and the Insanity defence

Monday, 22 May 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin. Also video-linked UOW and UOC campus.

Anti-psychiatrist Thomas Szasz opposed the insanity defence. Neil Pickering tries to set out the logic of Szasz’s argument and consider its cogency.

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Bioethics Seminar: From the margins to mainstream: how autologous stem cell treatments are legitimised in Australia.

Monday, 15 May 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked  to UOW and UOC campus.
Casimir MacGregor examines the strategies of legitimacy of Australian providers of unproven autologous cellular products marketed as ‘stem cell treatments’.

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Screening of Human Harvest

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - Dunedin Dental School, Blue Lecture Theatre, Corner of Frederick Street and Great King Street.
An unflinching documentary about mass murder for profit in modern China. Human Harvest has been granted one of the most prestigious awards in television and broadcast, the Peabody Award.

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Bioethics Seminar: Whose justice for whom and how? A hermeneutic exploration of Confucian 義 “Righteousness"

Monday, 8 May 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin. Also video linked Wellington and Christchurch Campus.

William Evans Visiting Fellow, Ole Döring, introduces a deliberate hermeneutical approach to bioethics.

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Bioethics Seminar: Ethical considerations for short-term training and service programmes in low resource settings

Monday, 1 May 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked to Wellington and Christchurch Campus.
John Crump discuses ethical issues associated with education and service initiatives of health science and global health programmes.

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Bioethics Seminar: Ethics and Ebola: Prevailing Ethical Conditions and the Work of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Monday, 10 April 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Dunedin. Also video-linked at UOC and UOW.

Elizabeth Fenton discuses the significant ethical challenges that emerged during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Bioethics Seminar: Health and Disability Commission Right 7(4) Consultation: health and disability research involving adults who are unable to provide informed consent.

Monday, 3 April 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin. Also video-linked to Wellington and Christchurch campus.

The Health and Disability Commission has initiated a consultation regarding the impact of Right 7(4) of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights on research involving adults who are unable to provide informed consent.  This seminar introduces some of the relevant conceptual issues and invites general discussion about three case studies proposed in the Consultation document.

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Doctors in Denial

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - 71 Frederick Street, Hunter Centre Annex Room G10, corner of Frederick Street & Great King Street, (access from carpark ).

Ronald W Jones, author of "Doctors in Denial: the forgotten women in the 'Unfortunate Experiment," discusses his time at National Women's Hospital and his role in helping to expose the truth about Herbert Green’s cervical cancer study.

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Bioethics Seminar: ‘Undesirable Bill’s Undesirables Bill: William Pember Reeves and eugenics in 1890s New Zealand.'

Monday, 27 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin.

John Stenhouse discusses the Undesirable Immigrants Exclusion Bill of 1894 and how and why it sparked so much public criticism.

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Bioethics Seminar | Resource allocation in psychiatry

Monday, 20 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room 71 Frederick Street
Presented by Dr Richard Mullen, Psychiatrist, Southern District Health Board

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Bioethics Seminar: Resource Allocation in Psychiatry

Monday, 20 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).


Limited resources, and therefore dilemmas about resource allocation, are an inescapable part of clinical practice.

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Bioethics Seminar | Images of anatomy: Reflections on a mirror

Monday, 13 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 17 Frederick Street
Presented by Dr Katherine H. Hall, Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine

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Bioethics Seminar: Images of Anatomy: Reflections on a Mirror

Monday, 13 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).

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Bioethics Seminar | How to think about enhancement: A welfarist approach

Monday, 6 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, First Floor, 71 Frederick Street
Presented by Hazem Zohny, Bioethics Centre

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Bioethics Seminar: How to think about enhancement: A welfarist approach

Monday, 6 February 2017 - Bioethics Centre Seminar Room, Level 1, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Also video linked:To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance:Wellington School of Medicine Room C31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nzPlease note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Hazem Zohny discusses the concept of enhancement, presenting a proposal that deploys a welfarist approach as a response to the concern that enhancements may exacerbate inequalities or heighten distributive injustice.

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Public lecture: Can't you hear that lonesome whistle blow? Why medical researchers stay silent about wrongdoing

Saturday, 28 January 2017 - The Hunter Centre, Corner of Great King Street and Frederick Street, Dunedin
Why are health research whistleblowers so rare? The Bioethics Centre hosts Professor Carl Elliott to discuss this compelling ethical quandary.

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Public lecture: Bioethics, biobanks, and big data

Friday, 27 January 2017 - The Hunter Centre, Corner of Great King Street and Frederick Street, Dunedin
Who can—and should—access your medical information? The Bioethics Centre hosts Dr Angela Ballantyne for a cutting edge discussion concerning healthcare and 'big data'

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Investigations into organ harvesting in China

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - Nordmeyer Theatre | University of Otago, Wellington | 23a Mein Street, Newtown
Former Canadian Cabinet Minister, the Hon David Kilgour (along with David Matas and Ethan Gutmann), recently released new research suggesting that forced organ harvesting in China has been much more widespread than previously thought.

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Bioethics seminar: Music in experience and in being

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - Bioethics Centre Seminar Room, Level 1, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also Video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link (northern campuses), please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D27 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington: videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking currently in place will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.


Professor Martyn Evans discuses what neuroscience might have to say about the role of the imagination in musical experience.

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Bioethics Seminar: To Die for One’s Country – the Japanese Way

Monday, 22 August 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) . Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz   . University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  .Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Takashi Shogimen explores the distinctively Japanese way of dying for one’s country, highlighting an aspect of Japanese patriotism and discussing what dying means for the Japanese.

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One Health: The added value of closer cooperation of human and veterinary medicine

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
One Health: The added value of closer cooperation of human and veterinary medicine

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Medical intervention as an alternative to incarceration

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - Barnett Lecture Theatre, Dunedin Hospital
A Medical Forum presentation by Dr Tom Douglas, Senior Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Research Associate at Ghent University.

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“Where science and ethics meet: The case of IVF”

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - D'Ath Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Hercus Building
Professor Gareth Jones from the Department of Anatomy

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Bioethics Seminar: Regulating emerging Biotechnologies: Prudent vigilance vs. the Precautionary principle

Monday, 17 March 2014 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St
(via car park entrance), Dunedin.

Please note: This session is unable to be video linked to Wellington & Christchurch today.

Visiting Professor John Arras, from the University of Virginia, discusses alternative strategies for regulating emerging biotechnologies...

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Bioethics seminar: ‘Incidental Findings’ during surgery: A surgical dilemma or the price paid for autonomy?

Monday, 10 March 2014 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St  (via car park entrance) Dunedin
Please note: This session is unable to be video linked today for Wellington & Christchurch

Dr Jeanne Snelling asks what might constitute an appropriate legal response to incidental findings during medical interventions?

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Bioethics Seminar: "Ruminations on Reflective Equilibrium as a Method in Practical Ethics"

Monday, 3 March 2014 - Room G05, 71 Frederick Street (via car park entrance) Dunedin
Video linked:
Wellington School of Medicine Room D27
University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11

Professor John Arras discusses reflective equilibrium (RE) as a proposed method for doing practical ethics...What can/should we expect from a method in practical ethics?

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When in doubt: Biodiversity measurement and the cost of extinction

Saturday, 25 January 2014 - Hunter Centre, corner of Great King and Frederick Streets
Associate Professor James Maclaurin will deliver: "When in doubt: Biodiversity measurement and the cost of extinction" as part of the New Zealand Bioethics Conference.

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New Zealand Bioethics Conference

Friday, 24 January 2014 - The Hunter Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand
The 2014 New Zealand Bioethics Conference – "new questions new answers " will examine environmental ethics, clinical ethics consultation, ethics and the brain, clinical ethics and children, primary care ethics, methodology and bioethics.  Call for abstracts close 1 September 2013

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"Nuture, Nature or Neither?" - public talk by Professor Steve Jones FRS

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - College of Education Auditorium, University of Otago
Professor Steve Jones, University College London, is touring New Zealand as guest of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution

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Bioethics Centre 25th Anniversary Symposium - from Mirror Neurons to Moral Philosophy: Empathy and Embodied Wisdom

Tuesday, 5 November 2013 - Barnett Lecture Theatre
First Floor
Dunedin Hospital
Great King Street

Visiting Professor Fredrik Svenaeus from Södertörn University presents a public lecture as part of the Bioethics Centre 25th Anniversay Symposium.