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Bioethics Institute

Developments in medicine and the life sciences have challenged our understanding of human nature, the goals of medicine, and the limits of our technological powers over human beings. The field of bioethics addresses the ethical dimensions of such developments through analysis of issues such as medical experimentation, assisted reproductive technologies, stem cell research and cloning, genetics, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The Bioethics Institute is committed to offering a challenging undergraduate and graduate curriculum, expanding research initiatives for interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty across various Departments and Colleges, and renewing our involvement in the larger community through public lectures, symposia, and a critical contribution to the most controversial ethical issues of the day.


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Interviews with students, scholars, and bioethicists from the LMU Bioethics Institute
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For a Master of Arts in Bioethics
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A Resource for Bioethics Content
The 2019 O'Malley Chair Lecture features Ana Iltis, PhD, lecturing on autonomy and the right to life, in reference to the strange case of Marlise Munoz.
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The Annual Bioethics Lecture features Michael A. Rodriguez, PhD, MPH. speaking on the immigration crisis, global bioethics, and a duty to rescue.
A professor discussing neuroethics
The O'Malley Chair Lecture took place on March 20th, and featured O'Malley Chair James Giordano, Ph.D.
The third annual Graduate Symposium took place on November 13 and was dedicated to health care justice and distribution.
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Bioethics is the systematic study of medicine and the life sciences in light of moral principles...
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Now accepting applications for M.A. and Graduate Certificate programs in Bioethics.
Kevin FitzGerald, Ph.D., S.J.
Kevin FitzGerald, Ph.D., S.J. offered a presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 PM in UNH 1000