Symposium: Disaster Bioethics

April 4-5, 2011 at the Brocher Foundation, Hermance, Switzerland

Flooding in Australia. Earthquake in Haiti. Indian Ocean Tsunami. Hurricane Katrina. Disasters generate healthcare needs. Providing for these needs requires research. A Symposium will be held April 4-5, 2011 at the Brocher Foundation to address ethical issues raised by disaster healthcare and disaster research. The symposium will bring together a distinguished group of speakers at the Foundation’s conference facility in Hermance, Switzerland, just outside Geneva. One of the aims of the Symposium is to produce a set of ethical principles that will be offered to guide future practice and discussion of disaster bioethics. The conference proceedings will be published by Springer.

Registration is limited to 50 participants. For registration details and forms go here and scroll down to the details for Disaster Bioethics.  The registration form and payment details must be submitted before 11 March 2011. The symposium is being organized by Dónal O’Mathúna, School of Nursing, Dublin City University, Ireland; Bert Gordijn, Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University; and Mike Clarke, UK Cochrane Centre, Oxford, UK. For details on the Symposium go here or contact Dónal O’Mathúna at The Symposium is funded by the Brocher Foundation and UK Porticus.

Confirmed speakers include:
Aasim Ahmad, Chairperson Bioethics Group, Aga Khan University and Chief Nephrologist, The Kidney Centre, Karachi, Pakistan
George Annas, Professor of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, Boston University, USA
Michael Barilan, MD, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Herman Delooz, Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Wolf Dombrowsky, Prof. dr., Steinbeis University, Berlin, Germany
Ruth Macklin, Professor of Bioethics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA
Virginia Murray, UK Health Protection Agency and the Science and Technical committee for UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, London, UK
Joseph Scanlon, Professor Emeritus, Emergency Communications Research Unit, Carleton University, Canada
Doris Schopper, MD, DrPH, Chairperson, Ethics Review Board, Médicins Sans Frontières, Geneva, Switzerland
Evelyne Shuster, PhD, Medical Ethicist, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, USA
Athula Sumathipala, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London and Director, Institute for Research & Development, Sri Lanka
Henk ten Have, Director, Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne University, USA


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