Conferences and Workshops

Over the years, the Center has sponsored regional and national conferences and workshops on a wide range of topics:
The Finding Consciousness workshop provided a forum for scientists, philosophers, lawyers, ethicists and medical practitioners to discuss a host of  ethical issues raised by fMRI technology. Neuroscientists have recently developed ways to detect consciousness in patients with severe brain injury who show little or no outward sign of consciousness.

Rethinking the Ethics of Clinical Research: A Workshop on Core Issues of Clinical Research honored of the work of Alan Wertheimer. Hosted by the Trent Center, the workshop fostered in-depth discussion among participants about the ethics of payment to research subjects, the conditions under which consent is valid, the nature and justification of researcher obligations to communities (as opposed to individual subjects), and the nature and justification of special, supra-scientific obligations of researchers (e.g., for post-trial or ancillary care).

Bioethics: More Personal or More Global? was the 14th annual National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference sponsored by the American Social Health Association and hosted in 2011 at Duke University. The conference brought together prominent bioethicists and more than 200 students to discuss current controversies in bioethics, from clinical ethics to global health.

Life Lines: Poetry for Our Patients, Our Communities, Our Selves brought together poets and practitioners from across the US with an interest in examining the place of poetry in caregiving. Panels of poets and health practitioners presented perspectives on the ways poetry can play a part in the provision of care and the process of healing.

After the Fall: Changing Health Care in America was a two day symposium that invited national experts and leaders to Duke to engage in public discourse over the topic of health care reform at the height of a highly-charged presidential campaign that focused debate on this critical issue.

Maternal Birth Trauma in the Developing World: Ethical Issues in Obstetric Fistula, funded primarily by a Duke University Provost’s Commonfund Grant and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, for the purposes of establishing international guidelines on managing obstetric fistula.