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The University of Washington Department of Bioethics & Humanities is happy to be able to contribute funds toward qualifying trainees’ travel expenses for professional development activities in the field of bioethics (conferences, meetings, and workshops). Funds may be used for registration, travel, and other related activity-required costs....

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Medicine & Medical Ethics After the Holocaust
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thomson Hall 101 In this public lecture, Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld of the Baylor College of Medicine will speak on how medicine and medical ethics were challenged and affected by the Holocaust.

Organizer: UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

The University of Washington is now offering a Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care. This innovative, interprofessional curriculum is designed for practicing healthcare professionals from nursing, medicine, social work, spiritual care, and other disciplines seeking specialty training in palliative care. 
Jointly offered through the UW Schools of Medicine and Nursing, this certificate is ideal for the working professional. During this 9-month graduate certificate, our world-renowned faculty use weekly interactive distance learning, peer and faculty mentoring and quarterly in-person workshops to help participants develop their expertise in three key areas of palliative care practice: person-centered communication, interprofessional team training, and program development. In addition, the certificate course includes VitalTalk® training, which is a highly regarded national model for expert communication skills about serious illness.  
Core Faculty:  
·         Ardith Doorenbos PhD, RN, FAAN
·         Caroline Hurd MD
·         Helene Starks PhD, MPH

Expert Faculty: Anthony Back, MD , Heather Coats PhD, ARNP,  J. Randall Curtis MD, MPH , James Fausto, MD, Carol Kummet LICSW, MTS,  Lu Marchand MD, BSN, FAAHPM, Sean Doll O’Mahoney M. Div, BCC, Alice Ryan MSW, LICSW,  Joan M. Teno MS, MS

The application deadline for Autumn 2016 start is May 1, 2016.  Please visit our website http://www.uwpctc.org for more information or contact Tia Paganelli, Program Manager, at pctc@uw.edu.

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Movie Screening & Expert Panel Discussion"

Thursday, October 12, 2017  
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Kane Hall Room 130
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105

Presented by the UW School of Public Health

Dr. Wylie Burke, professor emeritus Bioehtics & Humanities will be a panelist

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is the story of a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells – taken without her knowledge in 1951 – became one of the most important tools in modern medicine. “HeLa,” as the cells came to be known, proved vital for developing the polio vaccine and were used in scientific discoveries such as cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more. Beyond the medical advances, the story is also about ethics, race, poverty and the legal issues around human subject research. (click here to continue reading for details...)

[Dr. Kelly Edwards, Dr. Malia Fullerton, and Sue Trinidad have developed a discussion guide for use with Rebecca Skloot's book,"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". Click here to download the guide. ]


May 3, 2016      4:30-5:30pm
Room T-625 Health Sciences
Reception to follow

Laura Stark, PhD
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Associate Editor, History & Theory

"Why go first? The past and future of research on humans"

Medical research on humans has changed radically over the past decades. Shifts in
the organization and experience of medicine have altered who goes first in studies—and why...A fresh understanding of the medical past can open new perspectives on our possible futures. Laura Stark is the author of Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research (2012), and is completing a new book project on the lives of “normal control” research subjects at the US National Institutes of Health. click here for flyer

Over one year ago, the Washington Death with Dignity Act went into effect. Faculty in the Department of Bioethics & Humanities have been involved in educational efforts to prepare clinicians for requests under the new law.
Click here for a fact sheet summarizing clinician responsibilities under the Act and a reading list for further information.  Click here for an updated powerpoint presentation summarizing the Washington law, the experience in Oregon, and data from a study conducted by Dr. Helene Starks and colleagues examining the experience from patient and family view points.

Save the Date: 2017 Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics

The 30th annual Summer Seminar will occur the week of July 31-August 4, 2017 on the UW campus. To ensure receipt of a brochure, please email cme@uw.edu. Information about the course will be available in the spring at:  http://depts.washington.edu/cme/home/

Click here to view the brochure.

Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics 2013
The 26th
summer seminar was held the week of August 5, with Denise Dudzinski and Tom McCormick as Co-Directors.  We were pleased to welcome Howard Brody, MD PhD as featured guest faculty this year.

      Denise Dudzinski, Thomas McCormick

Dr. Howard Brody and Program Directors Dr. Denise Dudzinski and Dr. Thomas McCormick

Departmental News

The department is pleased to announce the promotions of Denise Dudzinski and Kelly Edwards from Associate Professor to Professor effective July 1, 2014. Both Professors also serve in critical leadership roles: Denise is Acting Chair of Bioethics & Humanities and Kelly is Associate Dean for Student and Postdoctoral Affairs in The Graduate School. Congratulations to Kelly and Denise!

Deborah J. Bowen, PhD, Professor
The department is pleased to welcome Deb Bowen as professor without tenure for reasons of funding . Deb joins us from Boston University, where she served as Professor and former Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. Dr. Bowen was formerly on the faculty of the UW School of Public Health and a Member at FHCRC. She brings considerable experience and expertise to this research-oriented position focused on health disparities and behavioral research in a social context. Welcome back to the UW Dr. Bowen.   

Dr. Jack Berryman, Professor Emeritus, to receive the Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine at their 64th Annual Meeting in Denver on June 2nd. ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, with more than 50,000 members. The College was founded in 1954. Their goal is "advancing health through science, education and medicine." Dr. Berryman has been the College's historian since 1984 and served as chair of the Office of Museum, History, and Archives. He is the 5th UW School of Medicine faculty member to be so honored. Preceding awardees were: Robert A. Bruce, MD, 1983; Loring Rowell, Ph.D., 1983; Peter R. Cavanagh, Ph.D., 1997; and, Stanley A. Herring, MD, 2004. Click here to view the award.

Wylie Burke has been named the UCSF 2013-14 Presidential Chair and she will be on sabbatical and in residence at UCSF during the Spring quarter.  The UCSF announcement (Link) notes that the Presidential Chair is intended to encourage new or interdisciplinary program development and to enhance quality in existing academic programs.   We wish Dr. Burke an inspiring and enriching sabbatical.  http://nursing.ucsf.edu/news/wylie-burke-named-ucsf-presidential-chair Students We welcome the members of our newest cohort of MA in Bioethics students: Cara Friang and Kate Gentry!   Michelle Drews, 2013 President's Medal Winner. Michelle graduated as a B H Minor student. She was also a leader in the MEDIC group working closely with Dr. Berryman. Michelle was awared the President's Medal at the UW Awards Ceremony June 13th. The President's Medal is awarded to two graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records at the University one to a student who has completed at least three-fourths of his or her degree requirements at the UW and one to a student who entered the University from a Washington community college. Congratulations Michelle!


Welcome Georgina Campelia!

We are pleased to welcome Gina Campelia as a new assistant professor.  Gina is a recent graduate of The Graduate Center, CUNY with a PhD. in philosophy.  Her dissertation title is “Virtue’s Web:  The Virtue of Empathic Attunement and the Need for a Relational Foundation”.  Gina’s work focusses on ethics, applied ethics, bioethics, and feminist philosophy. She will add to our department's strengths teaching medical students in clinical as well as classroom settings, and working with the University of Washington Medicine Ethics Consultation Service for UWMC, HMC, Northwest Hospital, and Valley Medical Center.

Congratulations to Kelly Edwards. The Provost and Executive Vice President announced that Kelly was been nominated her dean and chair and selected to be part of our leadership program: the UW Leadership Excellence Project: “Thriving as a Change Agent in Academia.”  Your selection acknowledges that you are considered to be a person with extraordinary leadership traits and potential.

Columns Magazine's September 2015 issue Facutly Profile features Dr. Burke/
Faculty Profile: Wylie Burke, Genetic Ethicist
By Julie Garner

Twenty-two years ago, Wylie Burke was doctor to a friend of mine who sustained horrible injuries from a tractor accident. As attending physician during my friend’s final admittance to UW Medical Center, she spoke matter-of-factly about his condition but did so with such compassion, his wife was moved to tears. Today Burke is known nationally for her expertise on the ethical and policy implications of human genome research. While she is a leader in this area of medicine, her ability to ...(continue reading)

Dr. S Malia Fullerton to speak April 12 at PATH

The Office of Research Ethics at PATH would like to invite you to the fifth lecture of the PATH Research Ethics Lecture Series by Dr. Malia Fullerton on Tuesday, April 12th from 12-1pm at PATH.
She will draw on her experience with several large research consortia to discuss the evolving norms of offering aggregate and individual research results to study participants and their relevance for PATH research. 
Please refer to the attached flyer for details. Any interested colleagues that you may wish to invite are welcome as well.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP before April 11th. Click here for flyer and RSVP info.

We are pleased to announce that Dean Ramsey appointed Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, as the new Chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities. We offer congratuations to Denise and look forward to her leadership.

Wylie Burke, MD PhD
We extend our sincere appreciation to Wylie Burke for her service as Chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities.  Wylie’s tenure as Chair extended from October 2000 through January 2014 and represents a time of expansion, increased diversity, and enhanced multi-disciplinary collaboration.  We are very pleased that Wylie will continue in her role as Professor in the department. 

photos from Burke reception:  

Burke Reception 1

Denise Dudzinski, PhD MTS, Acting Chair
Dean Ramsey has appointed Professor Denise Dudzinski to serve as Acting Chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities effective February 1, 2014.  Denise is also our Director of Graduate Studies and will retain that role during her tenure as Acting Chair. Please join us in welcoming Denise to her new role.
The department congratulates Maureen Kelley, Adjunct Associate Professor, on her upcoming appointment as Senior Researcher/Associate Professor in Ethics and Population Health with the Ethox Centre of the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. The Ethox Centre (http://www.ethox.ox.ac.uk) is a multidisciplinary bioethics research center in the Nuffield Department of Population Health. We will dearly miss Maureen’s presence and contributions here in Seattle but look forward to continued collaboration across “the pond”.  Best wishes Maureen- we hope you visit often!

Congratulations to Kelly Edwards
Effective October 1, Kelly begins her tenure as Associate Dean of The Graduate School.  Kelly started in this role in an Acting capacity during 2012.  Kelly’s work in The Graduate School focuses on professional development and support for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Congratulations to Adjunct Professor Randy Curtis. J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH FCC Professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and director of the UW Palliative Care Center of Excellence, has been selected to receive the 2013 Sojourns Award from Cambia Health Foundation (CHF) for his work in palliative care. click here to see the article.

Congratulations to Kelly Edwards
Effective October 1, Kelly begins her tenure as Associate Dean of The Graduate School.  Kelly started in this role in an Acting capacity during 2012.  Kelly’s work in The Graduate School focuses on professional development and support for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Guest column by Dr. Thomas Montine and Dr. Wylie Burke in Puget Sound Business journal…


Rosalina D. James, PhD Assistant Professor
Rose James was appointed Assistant Professor of bioethics effective July 1. Rose joined the department in 2005 as a Senior Fellow and transitioned to an Acting Assistant Professor in 2009.  Rose will continue her work involving tribal-academic partnerships in research and education.  Each fall, Rose teaches BH 460 on the responsible conduct of research.    

Hyogo College of Medicine Visiting Students  
For the 9th year, Dr Tom McCormick along with his colleague Professor Furuyama directed the week-long "Short Course in Bioethics" for 5th year medical students from Hyogo College of Medicine in Tokyo. This week-long intensive introduction to bioethics was hosted by Professor Furuyama of Hyogo and had many faculty participants from the UW, SCCA, Northwest Hospital, and the NW Kidney Center.

Final ceremony

Published in the December 2011 American Journal of Medical Genetics, Adjunct Faculty member Holly Tabor, PhD and colleagues discuss how they say "exome and whole-genome sequencing challenge the ethical framework of human genetics research," provide "broad guidance about interim ways to contend with these issues, and make broad recommendations for areas for novel resource and policy development."

Congratulations to our faculty members Kelly Edwards and Rose James who were honored as "innovators" at Genetic Alliance's "25 Years of Innovation" celebration.


The Celebration featured a museum-quality exhibit that highlighted innovators from the genetics, health, and advocacy community. “Innovator” includes founders of advocacy organizations, board, staff, members, volunteers, researchers, policymakers, and others who have transformed their communities.

Group Health and Virginia Mason are co-sponsoring the
3rd Annual Ethics Symposium " Taking Your Pulse: Coping with Moral Distress in Clinical Practice" Save by registering early. Tuesday, May 1, 2012
8:30 am—12:00 noon
Virginia Mason Medical Center-Volney Richmond Auditorium Featuring Guest Speakers: Denise Dudzinski, Ph.D., M.T.S.
Associate Professor, University of Washington
Department of Bioethics & Humanities

Nancy Stevens, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington
Director, WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network

“Research Practices and Participant Preferences: The Growing Gulf”

Congratulations to our department members Sue Trinidad, Malia Fullerton, and Wylie Burke on the publication of their article in the journal Science. It is highlighted in the January 20th edition of UW Today. Written by UW and Group Health bioethicists, the article suggest ways for scientists and study volunteers to build trusting relationships.

Hot off the press by Wylie Burke, Kelly A. Edwards, Sara Goering, Suzanne Holland and Susan Brown Trinidad!

BookAchieving Justice in Genomic Translation:
Re-Thinking the Pathway to Benefit

Human genome studies lack diversity
Nature commentary describes how failure to include a variety of populations in genomics research could skew clinical applications (continue reading)
By Leila Gray  |  HSNewsBeat  |  Updated 6:15 PM, 10.27.2016
Posted in: Issues

This book explores implicit choices made by researchers, policy makers, and funders regarding who benefits from society's investment in health research. The authors focused specifically on genetic research and examine whether such research tends to reduce or exacerbate existing health disparities. Using case examples to illustrate the issues, the authors trace the path of genetics research from discovery, through development and delivery, to health outcomes. Topics include breast cancer screening and treatment, autism research, pharmacogenetics, prenatal testing, newborn screening, and youth suicide prevention. Each chapter emphasizes the societal context of genetic research and illustrates how science might change if attention were paid to the needs of marginalized populations.

"The Disclosure Dilemma — Large-Scale Adverse Events" was published this month in The New England Journal of Medicine. The paper was a joint effort from University of Washington faculty Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD, Mary Beth Foglia, RN, PhD, and Thomas H. Gallagher, MD, and Philip C. Hébert, MD, PhD from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto.

Recent Faculty Publications

Robert A. Pearlman, MD, MPH and Mary Beth Foglia, RN, PhD, adjunct and affiliate faculty in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities (respectively) are also staff members of the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care and the authors of five peer-reviewed papers featured in a special issue of AJOB Primary Research, a journal of the American Journal of Bioethics.

The papers describe VA’s experiences evaluating ethics quality in the VA health care system as part of IntegratedEthicsTM (IE), VA’s comprehensive model for managing ethics in health care organizations. The issue appeared online on February 11, 2013. The papers are available at www.tandfonline.com/toc/uabr20/current

“It can be a challenge to evaluate ethics quality in health care,” said Dr. Ellen Fox, Chief Ethics in Health Care Officer at VA. “These publications show that ethical practices and culture can be measured and managed just like every other dimension of health care quality.” In the issue’s lead article, commentators Bette-Jane Crigger, Director of Ethics Policy for the American Medical Association, and Matthew Wynia, Director of the AMA’s Institute for Ethics, describe (continue reading...)

Dr. Jack Berryman, Professor Emeritus, has been quoted in Times Magazine Wellness: The New Science of Exercise. Dr. Berryman was quoted three times in the article based on his 2010 article in Current Sports Medicine Reports: "Exercise is Medicine: A Historical Perspective", Current Sports Medicine Reports, 9:4 (July, Aug. 2010), 195-201.

Wylie Burke receives IOM Health Sciences Policy Appointment
Professor and Chair Wylie burke has been appointed to a three-year term on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Board on Health Sciences Policy. Dr. Burke was elected a member of IOM in 2007 and currently co-chairs IOM's Roundtable on Translation of Genomic-based Research for Health.

Tom Gallagher receives MITSS Hope Award
We are proud to announce that Dr. Thomas Gallagher, Associate Professor of Medicine and Bioethics & Humanities, was selected to receive the 2012 MITSS Hope Award. This award from Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS) recognizes an individual who exemplifies the MITSS mission to support healing and restore hope to patients, families, and clinicians impacted by adverse medical events. Congratulations to Tom on this well-earned recognition.
http://www.mitsshopeaward.org/ | to see the entire article, click here

Kelly Edwards, Bioethics, Appointed Graduate School’s Acting Associate Dean
The UW Graduate School proudly announces that Dr. Kelly Edwards, from the Department of Bioethics in the UW School of Medicine, has been appointed acting associate dean for the 2012–13 academic year. Dr. Edwards will direct the Graduate School’s professional development programs, a series of offerings that assist graduate and professional students to translate their education into professional success. to see the entire article, click here

Kelly Edwards receives 2012 LASER award for science education advocacy
Kelly Edwards, UW associate professor of bioethics and humanities, has been selected a 2012 Science Education Advocate Award Recipient by the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER). The award recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations, or project teams who have exhibited exceptional support and advocacy for science education in the state of Washington.

The department warmly welcomes our new Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dr. David A. Harrison. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and collaborates with our department in teaching and research activities.

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Malia Fullerton on her promotion to Associate Professor in the Department of Bioethics & Humanities! She holds adjunct positions in the Departments of Genome Sciences and Epidemiology, is a co-investigator of the UW Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality, and serves as a member of the Regulatory Support and Bioethics Core of the UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences.

The department welcomes our new Affiliate Professor, Dr. Nancy A. Press. She is a Professor in the School of Nursing and the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.  She is also an active co-investigator in the University of Washington's Center for Genetics and Healthcare Equality.

Welcome to our new Affiliate Professor,
Dr. Bert Boyer from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Director for the Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR). Dr. Boyer is researching the interaction between genetic and environmental risk and protective factors for obesity and diabetes in Yup'ik Eskimos. He is dual Principal Investigator with Dr. Wylie Burke, Bioethics & Humanities Department Chair, on a NIH funded grant titled "Ethics of dissemination: Communicating with participants about genetic research".

2011 McCormick Lectureship in Science and Religion

"Guns and Roses: Conscience Clauses and Contradictions" Patricia Kuszler, MD, JD
Charles I. Stone Professor of Law Friday,
7 p.m.
UW Law School, Room 138
Wine & Cheese Reception 6 p.m., Brotman Atrium, UW Law School
A proposed law in Florida would make it illegal for pediatricians to discuss firearm ownership with the families of their patients, subjecting pediatricians who talk about guns with children's parents to a felony conviction and a five million dollar fine or up to five years in prison. UW School of Law professor Dr. Patricia Kuszler, MD, JD will talk about conscience clauses in medical practice, social justice, and propose a set of best practices for pediatric care and firearm ownership.
For more information contact Rev. Matthew Smith, reverendmattsmith@gmail.com or(206) 524-2322 x. 3100

Professor Kuszler is the Charles I. Stone Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Law, Science and Global Health. She is the Principal Investigator of the International Biomedical Research Ethics Fellowship Grant and Co-Primary Investigator of the Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute. In addition to her law faculty appointment, Professor Kuszler is an Adjunct Professor in the UW School of Medicine (Department of Bioethics and Humanities) and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health (Department of Health Services).

The Cooperating Ministries in Higher Education (CMHE) at the University of Washington sponsors this annual lectureship to honor Dr. McCormick for the role he has played in fostering the teaching of medical ethics over the past 32 years. They offer this public lectureship to encourage dialogue between religion and science by engaging members of both the academic community and members of various faith communities.

Welcome to new faculty
We welcome two new faculty effective April 1, 2013. 
Mithya Lewis-Newby, MD MPH, Assistant Professor of pediatrics joins the department as Adjunct Assistant Professor.  Dr. Lewis-Newby’s primary appointment is with the Division of Pediatric Clinical Care. She is also affiliated faculty with the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s.  As co-founder and co-chair of the Seattle Ethics in ECLS Research Consortium, Dr. Lewis-Newby has been effective in promoting ethical issues and policy around use of ECLS. She has served as an effective mentor within our graduate project.  We are proud that she’s joining our faculty.

Alumna Jessie Turnbull was featured in the UWMedicine Connections newsletter highlighting members of the Class of 2013.  Read her profile HERE.

Congratulations Max Hunter!
The Department congratulates Max A. Hunter, PhD, who will be awarded the Gordon C. Lee Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2013 by the UW College of Education on June 15.   The Gordon C. Lee Dissertation Award is given in recognition of the best dissertation from the College of Education in a given year.  Dr. Hunter’s dissertation is entitled “Ambivalence in literacy narratives of black males: grounds for rethinking pedagogy” (2011, University of Washington).   Max is currently a Masters of Arts in Bioethics student in our department.

Hunter Phillips, Bonderman Travel Fellow
Congratulations to Hunter Phillips who was awarded the Bonderman Travel Fellowship.  Bonderman Fellowships are designed to “enable students to undertake independent international travel to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to know the world in new ways” (http://depts.washington.edu/bondermn/).  Hunter is a senior majoring in Neurobiology with a minor in Bioethics and Humanities.  He plans to travel to a number of national parks and conservation areas in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia, with the hope of seeing the great diversity of flora and fauna in some of the world’s richest ecosystems. His goal is to bear witness to the ways in which local ecosystems sustain human communities and, in turn, how recent human activities are shaping those ecosystems.  Bon voyage Hunter!

Michelle Drews, 2013 President's Medal Winner.
Michelle is a B H Minor student who has taken all of Dr. Berryman's courses and most of Dr. Jecker's courses. Michelle is also a leader in the MEDIC group working closely with Dr. Berryman. Michelle will be awared the President's Medal at the UW Awards Ceremony June 13th, at 3:30 pm in Meany Hall. The President's Medal is awarded to two graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records at the University one to a student who has completed at least three-fourths of his or her degree requirements at the UW and one to a student who entered the University from a Washington community college. Congratulations Michelle!

Edwards receives Service Excellence Award

Kelly EdwardsThe Dean’s office of the School of Medicine is proud to recognize people who represent the values of excellent service and commitment to the School of Medicine’s mission. Dr. Kelly Edwards, Associate Professor in Bioethics & Humanities has been named a recipient. Recipients of the Service Excellence Award have demonstrated their dedication to the mission through effective mentoring, inspiring leadership and high standards of exemplary service to others.

Kudos to the students and faculty involved in the ENGAGE seminar, who got a shout out from Chris Mooney, author of the book “Unscientific America”, in The Intersection blog of Discover magazine. Engage is a pilot program where PhD students build their skills of communicating with the public about their work. Their current course is "Communicating Science to the Public Effectively."

The department welcomes our new Affliate Assistant Professor, Dr. Stephen D. King. He is the Director of Chaplaincy at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and collaborates with our department in teaching and research activities.

Welcome to our new Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dr. Stephanie Cooper. She is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine in the University of Washington School of Medicine.

B&H congratulates Helene Starks, PhD MPH on her promotion to Associate Professor of Bioethics.  Helene also has an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in Health Services and serves as Associate Director of Graduate Studies for the department. Helene can be reached at tigiba@u.washington.edu

The department congratulates Ken Thummel, chair and professor of pharmaceutics, and Wylie Burke, chair and professor of bioethics and humanities, and colleagues, on receipt of a five-year, $10 million grant from the NIH’s Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN) to create a Northwest-Alaska center to study pharmacogenomics in rural and underserved populations.  Click here for further details.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Tom Gallagher on his latest grant award, a demonstration project entitled Communication to Prevent and Respond to Medical Injuries: WA State Collaborative. For details, please see the June 25th edition of UW Medicine Online News.  Dr. Gallagher also co-authored a recent article in NEJM titled Malpractice Reform– Opportunities for leadership by health care institutions and liability insurers.

A team of Group Health Research Institute and UW investigators report “Glad You Asked” appears in the September 2010 Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. The team found that people want to be informed and asked for consent before deciding whether to let researchers share their genetic information in a federal database. The team lead author and senior research associate at Group Health Research Institute is Evette Ludman and the UW co-authors include Wylie Burke, professor and chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities and affiliate investigator at Group Health Research Institute; Gail Jarvik, professor of medicine and head of the Division of Medical Genetics; Stephanie M. Fullerton, assistant professor of bioethics and humanities, and Susan Brown Trinidad,  research scientist in bioethics and humanities.

Drs. Kelly Edwards, Stephanie Cooper and Thomas Robey each contributed
articles to the June 2010 issue of the AMA's ethics journal, Virtual Mentor, which was titled "Time and Resource Constraints in the
Emergency Department."  Read the UW-authored pieces and other commentaries on ethics topics from emergency medicine at the VM website.

Whorton book coverDr. James C. Whorton is featured in the April 26th edition of UWeek! His recently published book "The Arsenic Century", traces criminal and environmental poisoning in Victorian Britain.




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