Center for Ethics and Humanities
in the Life Sciences

College of Human Medicine

 

 

Outreach


About Brews and Views

Brews and Views events are moderated discussions addressing the most fascinating and provocative areas of bioscience and engineering. The series is a collaboration between the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences that began in the fall of 2017. These monthly Friday afternoon casual discussions engage researchers and scholars—from graduate students and post-docs to faculty—in considering the implications of innovative biomedical research for patients, people and populations.

Brews and Views Archive

"Doc-bots, Companion-bots, and Siri – Oh My! What’s next from the AI Wizard?"

March 16, 2018
Discussants: Andrew Christlieb, PhD, Chair, Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering; MSU Foundation Professor, Department of Mathematics; Aaron McCright, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Sociology; Professor, Lyman Briggs College and Environmental Science and Policy Program.
Moderated by Arthur Ward, PhD, Academic Specialist, History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, Lyman Briggs College.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and robots may seem like science fiction, but in fact the explosion of AI algorithms already has profoundly altered the way we live. AI is deeply embedded in most aspects of modern living including robotics, medicine, cybersecurity, finance, automobiles, online services, and education. With AI’s unprecedented speed capabilities and predictive accuracy, there is room for concern regarding the role of humans in an AI-dominated world. How might society best encourage future development of potentially beneficial AI technologies in ways that preserve what we value about human relationships?

"Should we genetically engineer our grandchildren?"

January 26, 2018
Discussants: Leonard Fleck, PhD, Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and Department of Philosophy; Stephen Hsu, PhD, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.
Moderated by Mark Reimers, PhD, Associate Professor, Neuroscience Program.

Most of us carry several dozen harmful genetic variants, which affect our health or may be masked by other variants we have, but which could result in more serious disease in some of our offspring. Until recently there was little any of us could do about this, other than becoming informed and perhaps modify our lifestyles. However the recent revolution in genetic engineering through CRISPR/Cas brings into view the prospect of changing these alleles permanently. Do we have an obligation to remove these alleles from the gene pool of humanity?

"It's not my fault: my brain implant made me do it"

November 3, 2017
Discussants: Jennifer Carter-Johnson, JD, PhD, Associate Professor of Law, College of Law; Galit Pelled, PhD, Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering.
Moderated by Laura Cabrera, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and Department of Translational Sciences & Molecular Medicine, College of Human Medicine.

Some brain implants, such as those for deep brain stimulation, are well-accepted treatments for movement disorders and their use as treatment options for various psychiatric disorders is being explored. However, there are cases where brain implants may influence mental states critical to personality and affect an individual’s behavior and identity. This raises a number of ethical and legal questions. For example, if a brain-implant-induced change in personality results in undesirable or deviant behaviors that cause harm, who is responsible? Is the person with the implant? The implant itself? Or its designer? Who controls the actions of people with these implants? Should we blame the healthcare system, the technology, or the designer? What if the engineer who designed your brain implant had deviant behavior from a faulty implant—are we improving human health or spiraling down a rat-hole?

"The Porcisapien: Humanization of Livestock"

October 6, 2017
Discussants: Erik M. Shapiro, PhD, Associate Chair of Research and Associate Professor, Department of Radiology; Paul Thompson, PhD, Professor, Department of Philosophy, and W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics.
Moderated by Christopher H. Contag, PhD, Hannah Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics; Chair, Biomedical Engineering; Director, Institute for Quantitative Health Science & Engineering.

Imagine you can grow a new heart, or other organ, from your own cells in a pig. If your heart was failing, you could grow a new, perfectly matched heart and have it available when you need it. In order for this to happen we need to humanize livestock. How human should we make livestock? How close to a human is a humanized pig and when would it deserve human rights? While it might address the shortage of human organs, is it fair for the pig to be just a bioreactor for spare parts? What human organs should we produce in pigs: heart, liver, pancreas, skin and muscle? What about a human brain in a pig? Are we going too far, have we already gone too far?

Participants Needed For Research About Deep Brain Stimulation For Parkinson's Disease

Are you a Parkinson’s patient currently treated with deep brain stimulation?

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you meet ALL of these criteria:

  • Age (years) is between 50 and 89
  • Currently has Parkinson’s Disease
  • Has undergone DBS surgery within the past ten years

We would like to find out what your experiences have been with deep brain stimulation and what you think about the use of deep brain stimulation earlier in the disease progression. Participation will involve about 30-45 minutes of your time in a structured interview.

brain illustration photoThe structured interviews will take place by phone, or in person, at a location of your convenience. You will receive a $30 gift card for participating.

For more information about the study, and to see if you are eligible to participate, please contact:

Laura Cabrera, MA, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroethics
bioethics@msu.edu
517-353-7158

Or, click here to be taken to a survey (or copy and paste the link below). This survey will gather your information so that we can contact you.
https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2ovedDhG3x0GVi5

About Bioethics for Breakfast

In 2010, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman invited the Center for Ethics to partner on a bioethics seminar series. The Center for Ethics and Hall Render invite guests from the health professions, religious and community organizations, political circles, and the academy to engage in lively discussions of topics spanning the worlds of bioethics, health law, business, and policy. For each event, the Center selects from a wide range of controversial issues and provides two presenters either from our own faculty or invited guests, who offer distinctive, and sometimes clashing, perspectives. Those brief presentations are followed by a moderated open discussion.

Bioethics for Breakfast Archive

May 10, 2018
“Health Care Consolidations: Good News, Bad News, Fake News?”
John Goddeeris, PhD, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, College of Social Science, Michigan State University.
Michael Herbert, Chief Executive Officer, MSU HealthTeam.
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February 8, 2018
“Medicaid Work Requirements: Blood, Sweat and Tears Too?”
Adrianne Haggins, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School.
Leonard Fleck, PhD, Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University.
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November 30, 2017
“Autism Spectrum Disorder: Fair Sharing of the Therapeutic Pie?”
Jeanette M. Scheid, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Michigan State University.
Connie Sung, PhD, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling, Co-Director of Spartan Project SEARCH, Michigan State University.
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September 28, 2017
“Charlie Gard and Solomon’s Dilemma: What are the limits of parental medical decision making?”
Honorable Laura Baird, JD, Judge, Ingham County Circuit Court.
Marleen Eijkholt, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Clinical Ethics Consultant, Spectrum Health System.
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April 20, 2017
“Treating Pain Without Feeding Addiction: Is There a Goldilocks Solution?”
Forrest Pasanski, JD, Regulation Section Manager, Drug Monitoring Section for State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Professional Licensing.
Steven Roskos, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
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February 2, 2017
“The Future of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act: Ethical and Policy Challenges”
Steve Fitton, Principal, Health Management Associates.
Jane Turner, MD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
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December 8, 2016
“Advanced Dementia and the ICU Siren’s Song: When We Build It, Why Do They Come?”
Kevin Foley, MD, FACP, AGSF, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Senior Health, Department of Family Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Director of Education and Clinical Operations, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Michigan State University Clinical Center.
Leonard M. Fleck, PhD, Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
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November 17, 2016
"Compassionate Use: What Is in a Name?"
Anas Al-Janadi, MD, Associate Professor and Section Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
Jennifer Carter-Johnson, JD, PhD, Associate Professor of Law, College of Law, Michigan State University.
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May 12, 2016
"Eye on the Prize: The Goal of Protecting College Football Players’ Best Interests"
Leonard Fleck, PhD, Professor, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
Randy Pearson, MD, FAAFP, FACSM, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, College of Human Medicine; Senior Associate Director, Sparrow/MSU Family Medicine Residency; Associate Director, MSU/Sparrow Sports Medicine Fellowship; Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
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February 18, 2016
"A Snip Here and a Tuck There: Are There Limits to Editing Life?"
Sean A. Valles, PhD, Assistant Professor, Lyman Briggs College and Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University.
Corey Washington, PhD, Director of Analytics and Strategic Projects, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Michigan State University.
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December 3, 2015
"Direct-to-Consumer Healthcare: “Disrupting” Consent"
Jim Dearing, PhD, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Communication, Michigan State University.
Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, M.Bioethics, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan.
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October 8, 2015
"Is it just the money? Reimbursement for Advance Care Planning"
Rose Seavolt, BSN, RN, CCP, Advance Care Planning Coordinator and Next Steps Organizational Faculty for Spectrum Health System, Grand Rapids.
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May 14, 2015
"Boundaries: Do Public Health Interests Trump Individual Parent Prerogatives?"
Dean G. Sienko, MD, MS, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health, Division Director of the Division of Public Health, and Acting Director of the Institute for Health Policy, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
Mark Largent, PhD, Associate Dean, Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University.
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February 12, 2015
"Is Sterilization for Developmentally Disabled Girls Ever Justified?"
Tom Tomlinson, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University.
Elmer L. Cerano, Executive Director of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc.
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December 4, 2014
"Fear and Loathing: Ethical and Effective State Responses to Ebola"
Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP, Chief Medical Executive at the Michigan Department of Community Health; Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, and Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.
Leonard Fleck, PhD, Professor in the Philosophy Department and the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University.
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October 2, 2014
"Mother, Midwife, Doctor, State: What to Do About Place of Birth?"
Deborah Fisch, JD, Affiliate with the University of Michigan Program for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, the Friends of Michigan Midwives and Coalition to License CPMs, and the Birth Rights Bar Association.
Nancy Herta, MD, Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at Michigan State University.
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May 8, 2014
"Legalizing Physician-Assisted Death: Should Michigan Be Next?"
Tom Tomlinson, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University.
Ed Rivet, MPA, Legislative Director for Right to Life of Michigan.
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February 20, 2014
“ACOs: Are They New or Just HMOs in Sheep’s Clothing?”
Janet Olszewski, MSW, Principal of Health Management Associates.
Ann Mongoven, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and Department of Pediatrics, Michigan State University.
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November 21, 2013
“Controlling Medicare Costs: What Are the Options? What Is Fair?”
Leonard Fleck, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics, Philosophy Department and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
Tom Marks is a principal from the Lansing, Michigan office of Health Management Associates.
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September 19, 2013
“Partial Codes: Is Something Better than Nothing?”
Tom Tomlinson, Ph.D., Director, Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics, Philosophy Department and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
Courtenay Beattie, Nurse Manager, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Sparrow Hospital.
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May 9, 2013
“Is There Anything Patients and Families Don’t Need to Know?”
Tom Tomlinson, Ph.D., Director, Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics, Philosophy Department and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
Saniya Khan, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Osteopathic Medical Specialties, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University.
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January 24, 2013
“Motivating Goodness or Exploiting the Vulnerable? Financial Incentives for Organ Donation”
Luis Tomatis, MD, Founding President, Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids; Director of Medical Affairs, Richard M. DeVos Family.
Monir Moniruzzaman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University.

November 1, 2012
“Carrots and Sticks: What's at Stake in Worksite Wellness Initiatives?“
Howard Weyers, President, Health & Benefit Strategy.
Douglas Olsen, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Michigan State University.

March 15, 2012
“Pluralism and Health Care Benefits Bump into the First Amendment: What’s a Democracy to Do?”
Gene Burns, Ph.D., Professor, Sociology, James Madison College, Michigan State University.
Alain Durocher, Ph.D., Ethicist, St. John Providence Health System.

January 19, 2012
“Supporting Patient Choice in Health Care Reform: Perfected Informed Consent or Invitation for Litigation?”
Norris Cunningham, J.D., Shareholder, Hall, Render, Killian, Health & Lyman P.C.
Margaret Holmes-Rovner, Ph.D., Professor, Health Services Research, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.

November 10, 2011
“Whose Pleasure? Whose Poison? Whose Purse? The Ethical Challenges of Personal Responsibility for Health”
James Clarkson, M.D., Plastic Surgeon, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
Leonard Fleck, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics, Philosophy Department and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.

May 12, 2011
“Controlling Medicaid Costs: Which Priorities? Whose priorities? What Process?”
Steve Fitton, Senior Deputy Director, Medical Services Administration, Michigan Department of Community Health.
M. Carmen Meerschaert, M.D., MBHL., Associate Professor of Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.

January 27, 2011
“Practicing Under the Influence: What’s One too Many?”
Tom Tomlinson, Ph.D., Director, Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics, Philosophy Department and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
Andrew Zwyghuizen, M.D., Plastic Surgeon and Professor of Surgery, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.

November 18, 2010
“Pricing Human Life: Health Reform and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis”
Leonard Fleck, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Medical Ethics, Philosophy Department and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University.
Kenneth Schwartz, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Michigan State University.
Jennifer Girod, J.D., Ph.D., Attorney at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman.

Outreach

In keeping with the mission of the Center for Ethics, a number of partnerships, memberships, and programs which have been established in effort to further community understanding and involvement in bioethics matters. Below is a description of some of the ongoing programs, and more information about current projects and events is available on the MSU Bioethics Blog.

Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series

This annual series hosts a variety of lecturers, from clinicians to medical researchers to philosophers, offering a broad range of relevant topics in bioethics. For more information, visit the Brownbag & Webinar Series page.

Bioethics for Breakfast

The Center, with the valued support of the law firm of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, coordinates a lecture and discussion series four times per year under the title “Bioethics for Breakfast” at the University Club of Michigan State University. This forum brings cutting-edge bioethics issues to the attention of policymakers. View the archived list of all Bioethics for Breakfast events to date.

Brews and Views

Brews and Views events are moderated discussions addressing the most fascinating and provocative areas of bioscience and engineering. The series is a collaboration between the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences that began in the fall of 2017. These casual discussions engage researchers and scholars in considering the implications of innovative biomedical research for patients, people, and populations. View the archived list of all Brews and Views events to date.

Ethics Committees

Center faculty serve on and consult with ethics committees for Sparrow Health System and McLaren Health Care.

Annual Foglio Lecture on Spirituality and Medicine

Tom Tomlinson serves on the committee to plan the Annual Foglio Lecture on Spirituality and Medicine. The series was established in honor of Father John P. Foglio, DMin, a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine who was committed to social justice, a compassionate and intense concern for the personal and spiritual well-being of students and colleagues, and a scholarly background in both theology and communication sciences. This lecture brings nationally renowned scholars to the MSU College of Human Medicine, offering medical students insights and a deeper understanding of how spirituality impacts the practice of medicine.

Visit the following pages on the Department of Family Medicine's website to watch and read about lectures from previous years:
May 2012: Harold G. Koenig, MD
May 2013: Florence Gelo, DMin, NCPsyA
May 2014: David Hilfiker, MD

American Board of Pediatrics Ethics Committee

Leonard M. Fleck serves as a 2009 - 2014 member of the ABP Ethics Committee.

Michigan Biotrust for Health Community Engagement

Center faculty are members of the Community Engagement working group for the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services Michigan Biotrust for Health.