Call for Papers

Conference Dates: April 7-9, 2005,

The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and the Albany Medical College/Graduate College of Union University Bioethics Program invites the submission of abstracts of papers to be presented at an international conference on The Ethics of Bioethics to be held at Albany Medical College and the Inn at College Park of Union College, April 7-9, 2005.


Professional standards guide the conduct of all healthcare professions- except bioethics. All healthcare professions have standards for addressing real or potential conflicts of interest-except bioethics. Critics from within and without the field have recently challenged the ethics and integrity of bioethicists, charging that these self-appointed watchdogs are little more than self-serving lapdogs. This conference invites historical reflections, papers, panels and narratives on the integrity of the field of bioethics, including personal experiences relating to ethical conflicts and conflicts of interest. Among the questions that could be addressed are: Should there be formal standards of conduct for bioethicists, such as a code of ethics? Should there be formal standards of ethical conduct in ethics consultation? Should ethics committees and IRBs be accredited? Should there be formal mechanisms for disclosing conflicts of interest in bioethics publications and research? Should ethics consults be confidential? Should bioethicists sign non-disclosure agreements? Should bioethics centers accept large donations from commercial enterprises?

ABSTRACTS should be no more than 250 words double space, with 1-inch margins. The names and degrees of all coauthors should be on the abstract, as well as contact information of one author (mailing address, e-mail, phone, fax).

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Abstracts must be submitted by 15 February 2005 by e-mail, post or fax to: Ann Nolte, Assistant Director, Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership, The Graduate College of Union University, Humanities 020, Schenectady, NY 12308, [email protected]; Ph. 518.388.8045; Fax 518.388.8046