Centers and Institutes

Institute of Catholics Bioethics

Bioethics Events 2010-2011

Institute of Catholic Bioethics

Fall / Spring 2010 -2011

Religion & Medicine Series - Judaism


Thursday, February 17, 2011


4:30 PM


Daniel Eisenberg, MD


Campion Student Center, North Lounge


The Ethics of Stem Cell Research from a Jewish Perspective


Work in Progress Presentations by MA Graduate Students

March 3, 2011

Mandatory Neonatal Male Circumcision in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Common Good: An Ethical Justification
By Aloysius Ochasi

Scientific studies have shown that male circumcision decreases the incidence of the HIV infection by 50%. Ochasi makes a strong ethical argument from the perspective of the "common good" that male circumcision should be mandated in Sub-Sahara Africa where HIV/AIDS is decimating the population. Ochasi's argument for mandatory male circumcision, based on the common good, reinforces the same position taken by scholars of our Institute who made the same argument, but from another perspective, viz. the principle of double effect. Their article is entitled "Mandatory Neonatal Male Circumcision in Sub-Saharan Africa: Medical and Ethical Analysis," Medical Science Monitor 13 (12) December 2007.

The Objectives of Medicine and the Place and Limits of Conscientious Objection by Physicians: A Working Draft
By Leah Tourtellotte

Conscientious objection by a physician concerns her refusal to perform some medical procedure or care plan because she thinks that to do so would be morally wrong. What should a physician do in this circumstance?  Tourtellotte disputes the argument of Julian Savulescu that patients are entitled to receive from their physicians all procedures and treatments that are allowable by law. In this Work in Progress she begins her ethical argument that physicians have the right to conscientious objection under certain parameters.




Monday, March 14, 2011


4:45 PM


Lauren Swanson

: Kinney Center for Autism
Education and Support Faculty Member:
Background and Diagnosis (Children)

John Vacca: Faculty in Education Department SJU: Birth
to 5 - Early intervention

Maggie Haag: Community Adult Autism Partnership Program
Deveraux Foundation: Care after leaving education
system, Late Teens - Early Adulthood

Daniel Conway, MD:Immunologist at St. Christopher's Hospital


Campion Student Center, North Lounge


Autism: A Look Into A Spectrum Disorder


SJU LEARNS: Interfacing Faith and Culture

Science, Social Justice and Poverty: The Water Filtration Project

Wednesday March 16, 2011

Chapel of Saint Joseph

4 PM


Short Description:
The need for safe drinking water is rising at an exponential rate. The need for water has increased six-fold in the last century, more than twice the rate of the world's population growth. Today, more than 1.1 billion people, mostly in low and middle-income countries, lack access to safe water sources within a reasonable distance (1 kilometer) and reasonable quantities (20 L a day) from their home. The lack of clean and safe drinking water has significant medical and economic implications, especially towards women and children.

Most of these diseases can be easily prevented through the implementation of a water filtration system. To address the need for clean water on a small, immediate scale, the Institute of Catholic Bioethics has designed and constructed two slow sand water filters and are in the process of testing them with various contaminants. A team of students, led and sponsored by the Institute, will present the foundation of this project and discuss some of the ethical implications behind the development and implementation of the system as they relate to science and social justice. Bios of the Presenters

Mike Tecce is a Graduate Fellow to the Institute of Catholic Bioethics at SJU and returned to Hawk Hill last year to complete pre-requisites for medical school after earning a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. During his undergraduate years, Mike was very active in both service and leadership roles and more recently was the student leader for the Just Healthcare in Developing Nations class trip to Guatemala in January 2011. The experience of studying the hardships and experiencing the culture of perople in a developing nation, coupled with research in water filtration techniques has further enhanced his interest in reaching out to underserved populations.

Danielle Lucchesi is a Senior Undergraduate Fellow in the Institute of Catholic Bioethics. She is currently finishing up her senior year at Saint Joseph's University, and plans to attend medical school in the fall. Danielle has been involved in a wide variety of service activities on campus, including the Appalachian Experience, Summer Immersion Programs, and the Philadelphia Service Immersion. Through her experiences in Latin America, Danielle has realized the pressing need for increased access to clean water sources, which has fueled her desire to investigate potential solutions to this international issue.

Matt Fadus is a junior biology major with a minor in healthcare ethics. Matt has been very involved in student life at Saint Joseph's, including Hawk Host tour guide, and immersion trips to Guatemala, Ecuador, and the Appalachian Experience. A minor in healthcare ethics, in addition to the course Just Healthcare in Developing Nations motivated his research for the water filter project to provide a clean, sustainable water source for developing countries.

Joe Harrison is a junior Interdisciplinary Health Services major with Biology and Health Care Ethics minors. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Institute of Catholic Bioethics where he co-published an article in December 2010 in the Medical Science Monitor with Peter A. Clark, S.J., Ph.D. and Kevin Capuzzi, Esq. entitled "Telemedicine: Medical, Legal and Ethical Perspectives." Joe is currently working on a team project on water filtration to be implemented throughout the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Tanzania and also on a project analyzing genetic testing with the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, New Jersey. He is also a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. On campus, Joe is very active with different organizations, such as the Appalachian Experience, Summer Immersion Program, Philadelphia Service Immersion Program, and Up Til Dawn. After his time as an undergraduate, he hopes to continue his research and study in the fields of medicine and bioethics. Sponsored by the Office of Mission, SJU Interfaith Task Force, Campus Ministry, Faith Justice Institute, Institute for Catholic Bioethics, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations

For more information, contact Dr. Deborah Lurie,

Global Ethics


Monday, April 11, 2011


11:45 AM


Fr. Jorge Ferrer, S.J., PhD


McShain Hall, 5th Floor - Large Lapsley Room


Global Ethics: Searching Its Foundations