Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

MCW Center for Bioethics and Medical HumanitiesWelcome to the online home of the Center Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin! Since its establishment in 1982, the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities has been committed to helping health care professionals, students, policy makers and community members explore the challenging ethical questions that have accompanied scientific advances and changes in our health care delivery system.

We are dedicated to locally, nationally, and internationally recognized innovation and excellence in Bioethics Education, Bioethics Research and Scholarship, Bioethics Consultation and Bioethics Community Service. Read more...

Bioethics and Medical Humanities Grand Rounds
"Navigating a Multi-cultural Society Without Compromising Your Values" Dec. 1

Presented by Ryan B. Spellecy, PhD, Associate Professor, Bioethics and Medical Humanities and Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, MCW

Grand Rounds: noon - 1 p.m., MCW M2050/M2070 | View Flyer (PDF) | Register Now!

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Bioethics News

Dr. Spellecy Participates in 4th Street Forum Panel Discussion on Caring for the Mentally Ill

Feb. 18 - Ryan Spellecy, PhD was a panelist on Milwaukee Public Television/Channel 10’s “Fourth Street Forum” program on “Caring for People with Mental Illness: Can’t We Do Better?” MPTV

Dr. Derse Discusses Ethical Issues Related to Parental Decisions on Vaccinations

Feb. 18 - Dr. Arthur Derse discusses ethical issues related parental decisions on vaccinations on Wisconsin Public Radio. WPR

Dr. Derse Advises Caution, More Study before Allowing Three-Parent Babies

Feb. 18 - In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dr. Arthur Derse recommends caution and further study before human studies are conducted on genetic modification of human embryos, so-called three-parent babies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MCW bioethicist discusses controversial “three-parent baby” proposal

Feb. 9 - Art Derse, MD, JD, professor of emergency medicine and director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, says caution is warranted in Great Britain’s proposal to allow “three-parent babies” to be created. The controversial proposal involves genetic manipulation of eggs to eliminate mitochondrial disease from embryos before implantation. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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