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Building Better Brains: Navigating Neuroscience with Ethics

March 27, 2018

"Building Better Brains: Navigating Neuroscience with Ethics" by James Giordano, Ph.D., 2018 O’Malley Visiting Chair in Bioethics at LMU’s Bioethics Institute. Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

"The Hype and Hope of Genomic Medicine" by Kevin FitzGerald, Ph.D., S.J.

October 18, 2017

Almost daily one finds reports in the media touting new and exciting advances in genetic research and genomic medicine.  Often implicit in these reports are multiple assumptions about how these advances will benefit our health care and society.  The intent of this presentation is to examine some of these new medical technologies and the assumptions often associated with them as to how they will benefit us, to then elucidate fundamental problems inherent in these assumptions, and, finally, to suggest perspectives that could result in a better integration of these genetic and genomic advances into our health care systems and our society.

"Chattel of the gods: Assisted Suicide and the Politics of Patience" by William Desmond

February 15, 2017

In June of 2016, the End of Life Option Act made it possible for California residents to avail themselves of the choice to end their own life. The debate so far has emphasized the clinical and legal aspects of the newly introduced “aid in dying” legislation. However, deeper questions are at stake: Our lives are our own but do we own our lives? Are our lives disposable by ourselves? Is there something received not only about our lives but also our deaths? Is there an ethical care for life that is inseparable from a fundamental patience towards what comes at the end of life? How does assisted suicide stand in relation to such questions and what seems like a paradox: a politics of patience? In addressing such questions, Professor Desmond throws into relief the deeper complexities involved in the ethics of physician assisted suicide. Learn more about Professor Desmond here

"University Ethics" by James Keenan, S.J., Ph.D.

October 27, 2016

The university, like the church, has long been in the business of teaching ethics.  It has not always believed it needed to practice what it taught.  In his presentation, James Keenan, S.J. asks whether the university as an institution is willing to develop the context, climate, and structures to promote a culture of ethics.  Respondents take up a series of ethical topics with immediate implications for LMU students, staff, and faculty. To learn more about Dr. Keenan click here.  

"Brain Death: Facilitating Family/Hospital Dialogue about Death by Neurological Criteria"

January 18, 2015

The Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium (SCBCC) in collaboration with the Bioethics Insitute of Loyola Marymount University presented this half-day conference for healthcare professionals, bioethics scholars, policymakers, and the public. To learn more about this event and to view event materials click here. 

"A More Democratic Bioethics Debate for Our Polarized Times" by John Evans, Ph.D.

October 01, 2014

Bioethical debate informs policymakers and others about the ethics of medicine and science, such as whether we should engage in reproductive cloning or radically extend life expectancy. In this lecture, Professor Evans describes the history of the bioethical debate in the U.S. and how it is disconnected from the American public’s views. Bioethical debate has become polarized, and Professor Evans makes a proposal for making bioethical debate more accountable to the public’s views. Click here to learn about John Evans. 

"The Euthanasia Debate: International Perspectives" by John Keown, Ph.D.

April 09, 2014

The legality of voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide has been a controversial issue in the United States and other countries. John Keown, D.Phil., Ph.D., argues that legalizing physician-assisted suicide may lead to a slippery slope that could result in the unnecessary killing of patients. The debate calls us to question the meanings of compassion and autonomy as it relates to human suffering. In this video, Professor Keown speaks about the central issues in the debate, exploring the full moral and legal implications both nationally and globally. To learn more about Dr. Keown click here

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