Centers and Institutes

Institute of Catholics Bioethics

Lectures and Symposiums

Past McCormick Lectures


Ronald Hamel, Ph.D.Kevin Fitzgerald, S.J., Ph.D.Robert George, Ph.D.Edmund Pellegrino, Ph.D.Daniel Sulmasy, Ph.D., MD    

 

 


 


More Lectures

Assisted Suicide: "Death with Dignity" Panel Discussion 

Muslim Religion and Medicine: Muslim positions on abortion, brain death criteria, organ transplantation and other issues

Church of Scientology Religion and Philosophy: Psychiatry and Human Rights

The Eighth Annual: C. Jules Rominger, MD, FACR Lecture Series

Lectures 2008-2009


 

Physician Assisted Suicide: "Death with Dignity" 
Panel Discussion

The greatest human freedom is to live, and die, according to one's own desires and beliefs. The most common desire among those with a terminal illness is to die with some measure of dignity. From advance directives to physician-assisted dying, death with dignity is a movement to provide options for the dying to control their own end-of-life care.

Panel Members Include:

Senator Daylin Leach, - Pennsylvania State Senator, Proposed Senate Bill 404. 
Kevin Fleming, M.D.- Director, Family Practice, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
Ted Furton, Ethicist - National Catholic Bioethic Center
June Pearlberg, R.N., BSN - Hospice Representative, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of PA


 

Religion and Medicine Series 

How Do They Impact Your Well Being?

To help understand the importance of how religion impacts on medicine, the Institute of Catholic Bioethics is inaugurating a 2 year lecture series that will explore the roles of various religions on the medical profession.

In addition to the amazing technological advances in the field of Medicine, there is mounting evidence of the importance of faith and religion in maximizing the health of patients. The association of medicine and religion dates back to biblical times.

 


Lecture Series  - Muslim positions on abortion, brain death criteria, organ transplantation and other issues
  Location: Campion Student Center, North Lounge Date :      November 23, 2009 Time:       4 PM
Speaker:  Jonathan E. Brockopp, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History, 
               Pennsylvania State University


 

Lecture Series  - The Role of Dianetics in Reforming the Physical and Mental Health Industries

Location:  Campion Student Center, President's Lounge
Time:        4 PM
Date:         February 3, 2010
Speaker:   Christopher Owens, "Director of Public Contact for the Church of Scientology of Pennsylvania"
Related link : http://www.dianetics.org
                        www.Scientology.org
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Annual McCormick Lecture:
November 12, 2008
The Status of Stem Cell Research: Science and Ethics
Kevin T. FitzGerald, S.J., Ph.D.

 

Father FitzGerald is internationally known and sought after for his expertise regarding the ethical issues surrounding human genetic engineering, cloning, and stem cell research. As a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center, and the Dr. David Lauler Chair in Catholic Health Care Ethics, his research interests include investigation of abnormal gene regulation in cancer and ethical issues in genetics. Father FitzGerald has served as an ethics consultant for the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the March of Dimes, the United States Catholic Conference, and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion. Currently, he is also a member of the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society.

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Childhood Obesity Epidemic Panel

Monday, March 23rd

4 PM, Campion Student Center/ Forum Theatre

The panel members will include:

Samatha Kiley Ficcagia, MPH, Child Health & Wellness Manager

George Datto, M.D., Nemours A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children

Jennifer Eye, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Joseph Cifelli, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Saint Joseph's University

 

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Seventh Annual
C. Jules Rominger, MD, Lecture


Catholic Moral Theology and HIV Prevention: Sworn Enemies or Potential Partners?
A Historic Look at the Developing Conversation

Keynote Speaker
Jon D. Fuller, SJ, MD, MDiv, THM
Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University chool of Medicine
Staff Physician, Center for HIV/AIDS Care and Research, Boston University Medical Center

Grand Rounds 12:00 PM

“Determining Decisional Capacity and the Role of Section 302 of the Mental Health Procedures”.

Wednesday , May 13, 2009
Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia
501 S. 54th Street
7th Floor Conference Room

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RELIGION AND MEDICINE

HOW DO THEY IMPACT YOUR WELL BEING?


To help understand the importance of how religion impacts on medicine, the Institute of Catholic Bioethics is inaugurating a 2 year lecture series that will explore the roles of various religions on the medical profession.

In addition to the amazing technological advances in the field of Medicine, there is mounting evidence of the importance of faith and religion in maximizing the health of patients. The association of medicine and religion dates back to biblical times.

1,200 studies have been conducted during the past decade studying the relationship between religion and medicine. Of these, 800 showed a positive correlation between the patients’ beliefs and the outcome of their illnesses.

The American Academy of Family Practice found that 99 percent of Family Physicians believed that spirituality aids patient healing, yet only 10 percent said that they ask their patients routinely about their faith.  Yet more interesting is the fact that ninety-one percent, however, said that they raise this issue with terminal, or end-of-life, patients.

The National Institute for Healthcare Research in Maryland conducted a study of more than 91,000 individuals and documented a 50 percent reduction in coronary disease, 55 percent decrease in Chronic Pulmonary disease, 74 percent reduction in cirrhosis and 53 percent decrease in suicide risk among patients who attended a church or synagogue at least one or more times weekly, compared to those who did not.

Lecture Series #1 - March 27, 2008

Jehovah's Witnesses:  Religious and Ethical Positon on Medical Therapy, Child Care, and Related Matters

Transfusion Alternative Stategies
Speaker: Alonzo Webster
Hospital Liaison Committee

Lecture Series #2 - September 17, 2008

Hasidic Viewpoint: The Determination of Death from a Jewish Perspective Speaker: 

Dr. Daniel Eisenburg
www.daneisenberg.com