Past Events

  • Playing Between the Lines: Poetry by a Pediatrician

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    Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Irène P. Mathieu, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Director, Program in Health Humanities, University of Virginia

    How do creative writing and reading - specifically poetry - open up a space for clinicians to play with language? How might this "playtime" help us tackle burnout, compassion fatigue, and even health equity? Award-winning poet and pediatrician Dr. Irène Mathieu reads her latest work and discusses these questions and more.

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  • Drug Development and Access: Justice Challenges During the Pandemic and Beyond

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    Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Boyarsky Series on Bioethics & Social Justice
    Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE

    Unprecedented resources, collaboration, and regulatory flexibility resulted in the rapid development and authorization of several prophylactic and therapeutic options for COVID‐19. However, we have faced important justice challenges in making those options fairly available during the pandemic – and we face additional justice challenges in determining which other disease areas should get this sort of special attention, as well as how best to balance the interests of current and future patients. This lecture addresses these justice challenges through the lenses of bioethics and health policy.

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    See also a paper by Professor Fernandez Lynch.

     

  • Kidney to Share: A Living Kidney Donor's Experience and Lessons Learned

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    Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Martha Gershun and John D. Lantos, MD

    In 2018, Martha Gershun donated a kidney at the Mayo Clinic to a woman she read about in the newspaper. In this talk, Ms.Gershun will discuss her decision to donate a kidney to a stranger and the long, complicated process that finally led to a successful surgery nine months later.  Dr. John Lantos, physician and bioethicist, will use her story to illustrate the ethical issues that arise in recovering and allocating organs from both living and deceased donors. They will suggest ways that the medical community could thoughtfully and safely reduce the burdens on living donors.  Doing so could shorten the waiting list for transplants and save lives.

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  • Respecting Autonomy and Enabling Diversity: The Critical Need for Demographic Variation in Research Datasets

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    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Endowed Lectureships
    BOYARSKY LECTURE ON BIOETHICS & SOCIAL JUSTICE - Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBioethics, Associate Director, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School

    Professor Kayte Spector-Bagdady discusses different theoretical as well as recruitment and consent approaches to improve data collection and sharing practices in ways that are both respectful of individual patient autonomy and equitable in impact across diverse communities.

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  • The Problem of Alzheimer's: How It Became a Crisis & What We Can Do About It

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    Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Endowed Lectureships
    BOYARSKY LECTURE ON BIOETHICS & SOCIAL JUSTICE - Jason Karlawish, MD, Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

    From its beginning as a rare disease, Alzheimer’s quite From its beginnings as a rare disease, Alzheimer’s quite quickly became a common disease and then turned into a crisis. The stories of how these events happened are a tangled weave of science, culture, and politics, sometimes in harmony, often in conflict.quickly became a common disease and then turned into a crisis. The stories of how these events happened are a tangled weave of science, culture, and politics, sometimes in harmony, often in conflict.

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  • Responsible Conduct of Research Short Course

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 8:00am to Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 9:45am

     

     

    Registration is now open for the Fall 2021 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course. This 5-week course is held in the fall each year and the upcoming course will take place Tuesdays, August 31-September 28 from 8:...

  • Aaron McDuffie Moore, MD: The Story of Durham's First Black Physician and Founder of Lincoln Hospital

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    Friday, April 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Endowed Lectureships
    Boyarsky Series on Race & Health - Panel Discussion

    This event is a conversation about the impact of the life of Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore (1863-1923) on the health of Durham’s Black residents. Panelists discuss his role as a pioneering physician, educator, and driving force behind the establishment of Lincoln Hospital, the first secular, freestanding African American hospital in North Carolina. They also explore Dr. Moore’s legacy for our current times.

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  • Narrative Medicine: A Patient's Perspective

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    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture

    In 2006, Dana Creighton was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia, an inherited neurological condition that also took the lives of her mother and several family members. Fifteen years later, she has published a powerful new memoir, A Family Disease: A Memoir of Multigenerational Ataxia, drawing on research in neuroplasticity, personal memories, and medical records to highlight how the stories we tell about illness can create meaning out of trauma. Following a reading from her memoir, Ms. Creighton and her neurologist, Dr. Sneha Mantri, join in conversation.

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