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Population-level bioethics: Mapping a new agenda

Two-day ethics symposium: Nov. 17-18, 2005

Harvard Medical School

Bioethics has mainly addressed ethical issues at the individual level, particularly involving the patient-doctor relationship. The ethical issues arising in regard to health at the population level are equally vexing and often involve higher stakes. This conference maps a new departure for bioethics and initiates its exploration.

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - Friday, November 18, 2005

The New Research Building at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, Massachusetts

Registration for this event is free. To sign up, simply fill out the event registration form at

Day One, Nov. 17:
Schedule for Thursday, November 17, 2005

Breakfast is at 8:00 AM, and the conference runs from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM.

What is Distinctive in a Population Focus? A Bird's-eye Perspective on Bioethics
Daniel Wikler, PHD
Harvard University
Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics in the Faculty of Public Health; Professor of Ethics and Population Health

Society's Responsibility for Health
Christopher Murray, DPHIL, MD
Harvard University
Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Policy in the Faculty of Public Health; Professor of Social Medicine; Director, Harvard Center for Global Health

Daniel M. Hausman, PhD
University of Wisconsin
Herbert A. Simon Professor, Department of Philosophy

Personal Responsibility and Population Health
Allan M. Brandt, PhD
Harvard University
Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chair, Department of the History of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Bertil Tungodden, PhD
Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration; Professor in Economics

Priority-Setting and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
Dan W. Brock, PHD
Harvard Medical School
Frances Glessner Lee Professor Medical Ethics, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Division of Medical Ethics; Director, Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health

Milton C. Weinstein, PHD
Harvard University
Henry J Kaiser Professor of Health Policy and Management and Biostatistics-Faculty of Public Health; Professor of Policy and Decision Sciences in the Faculty of Public Health; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Risks and the People Who Bear Them
Jonathan Wolff, MPHIL
University College London
Professor and Head of Department

James K. Hammitt, MPP, PHD
Harvard University
Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences in the Faculty of Public Health

Day Two, Nov. 18:
Breakfast is at 8:00 AM, and the conference runs from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM.

Social Determinants of Health
Sir Michael Marmot, MPH,
Royal Free and University College Medical School, London
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health; Director, International Centre for Health and Society, University College London

Gopal Sreenivasan, PHD
University of Toronto
Canada Research Chair; Associate Professor of Philosophy

Inequalities in Health
Larry S. Temkin, PHD
Rutgers University
Professor of Philosophy

Emmanuela Gakidou, PHD
Harvard University
Institute for Quantitative Social Science; Research Associate

Health System Reform
Norman Daniels, PHD
Harvard University
Mary B. Saltonstall Professor; Professor of Ethics and Population Health, Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health

William Hsiao, PHD
Harvard University
K.T. Li Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Public Health

Populations and Genes
Julian Savulescu, PHD
University of Oxford
Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics

Diane Paul, PHD
Harvard University
Museum of Comparative Zoology; Associate of Zoology

What is and is not Wrong with Enhancement?
Frances Kamm, PHD
Harvard University
Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government and Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Michael Sandel, DPHIL
Harvard University
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government; Faculty of Arts and Sciences


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