Center for Bioethics

Center News and Events

The Center for Bioethics offers programming throughout the year to provide support to researchers as well as individuals interested in exploring topics related to ethics in medical research and patient care.

Catch up on Ethics news and events below:


2019 Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics

Registration is still open for the 2019 Conference on Clinical Medical Ethics. The deadline to register is Friday, September 6.

The conference will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019. A few things to highlight about this year’s conference:

  • Location: Due to the growth of the conference, the event has been moved to Hine Hall at IUPUI.
  • Group Sessions: 1. Creating Meaning in Ethically Challenging Situations; 2. Potentially Inappropriate Care; Spiritual Generalists
  • Workshops: There are two workshop sessions. Please select one workshop for each session. Descriptions of the workshops can be found on the registration page.
  • Speed-Cases: There will be a session with rapid round-table case discussions. Attendees will hear four cases (three adult and one pediatric case).
  • Keynote Panel: Perspectives on Extended-Stay Patients, led by Jane Hartsock, Director of Clinical Ethics at IU Health; Amber Martin, Director of Integrated Care Management at IU Health University Hospital; and Mark Luetkemeyer, Chief Medical Officer at IU Health AAHC.

Due to the growth of the conference and the new location, a registration fee has been implemented to assist in covering the cost of the conference. The registration rates are as follows:

  • MD/DO: $75
  • General Attendee: $50
  • Students, Chaplain Residents, and Chaplain Interns: $25

Register online for the event.

Ethics Lecture Series: What is Clinical Ethics at IU Health?

What is Clinical Ethics at IU Health? Presented by : Amy Martin, DBe, MA


  1. Review the state of Clinical Ethics across IU Health.
  2. Describe effective utilization of Ethics Department resources.
  3. Identify Ethics Department within context of IU Health’s stated Mission & Values.


Talk: Rob Katz, JD - Friday, August 30th, 2019, 1:00pm- 2:00pm

Rob Katz, JD, will be presenting on the topic of Hepatitis C Inmate Litigation: The Ethics of Using Prisoner Rights to Promote Public Health on Friday, August 30 from 1 to 2 pm at the IU McKinney School of law, Room 355 B (This is next to the Hall Center for Law & Health). The address is 530 W New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46202

A description of the presentation is below:

Approximately 1 percent of the adult population is infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Prison systems worsen this public health crisis by refusing to treat HCV-infected inmates. Because HCV is more prevalent in prisons and most inmates are ultimately released, the failure to treat infected inmates hinders if not dooms efforts to eliminate HCV in the general population. Several state prison systems have recently expanded treatment in order to settle lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of their HCV treatment policies. This outcome achieves a double victory: it simultaneously respects the rights of infected inmates while promoting public health. Yet these two types of interests — individual rights and the greater good — are sometimes at odds.  This talk explores how this tension plays out when prisoner rights are used to promote public health.​

Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition

This year’s Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition State Conference: Health, Data, and Justice conference will have a focus on the use of data in legal interventions, especially in medical legal partnerships. The keynote speaker is Breanca Merritt, PhD, the founding director of the Center for Research on Inclusion & Social Policy (CRISP). Merritt will discuss how data informs her work in addressing inequality. Several health and justice advocates will discuss how data informs the work they do. This conference is geared toward practitioners across disciplines- health, legal, non-profit, social work. Additionally, all learners (law students, public health, social work students, medical students and residents, etc.) are entitled to free admission

For questions, please email Tah Yogo.

The Ethics of Imaging

Please join in person or online, for the next TREATs talk (Translational Research Ethics – Applied Topics) on “Ethics of Imaging

Speaker: Dr. Brandon Brown

Location: Conference room 3139, HITS Building, 410 West 10th Street

Link: TBA

TREATs talks are presented by the Bioethics and Subject Advocacy Program of the Indiana CTSI.  They provide 30 minute introductions to key topics in research ethics for translational research. These talks are presented live at the IU Center for Bioethics and streamed online. The videos are also archived at the BSAP webpage for later viewing.