Upcoming Events

  • Smallpox Eradication 40 Years On: An Alternative Commemoration

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    Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Sanjoy Bhattacharya, PhD, Professor of History of Medicine; Director, Centre for Global Health Histories, University of York, United Kingdom

    An effective vaccine caused health officials around the world to start dreaming about the prospect of smallpox eradication. In the mid-1960s, a series of US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and USAID- supported pilot programs in western and central Africa proved the efficacy of the freeze-dried vaccine and provided the strategic template for worldwide smallpox eradication. But was it really all so simple?

  • The Ethics of Automating Informed Consent: A Comparative Study

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Chris Simon, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

    Informed consent has entered the digital age. Automated consent processes are replacing face-to-face (F2F) discussions of research. Is this a good thing? For whom? How do we advance the ethical and legal integrity of consent processes as the emphasis shifts to technological efficiency? Professor  Simon addresses these questions with the support of fresh data from a multisite randomized trial comparing electronic and F2F consent processes for genomic biobanks.