The University of Texas-Pan American is hosting its fifth annual bioethics conference April 2-5.
The conference, "Bioethics: Creating and Challenging Knowledge in Health," will address ethical issues that arise in medical practice, health care and biomedical research, as well as issues in educating health care professionals to make ethical decisions.
The event is free and open to the public, thanks to sponsors Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, the Pan American Collaboration for Ethics in the Professions (PACE), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), UTPA Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), College of Arts and Humanities, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Health Sciences and Human Services, the UTPA Library and UTPA Continuing Education.
Conference organizers of the four-day event hope to engage UTPA, local health care practitioners and the community in a discussion of health research, health care and the practice of medicine, and health-related issues like obesity and health literacy and to encourage ethical decision-making in these areas.
The conference begins Tuesday, April 2 with a welcome reception at 7 p.m. in the Visitor's Center, followed by three days of seminars, paper presentations, panel discussions and poster contests. Keynote speakers include Christopher Sholer, M.D., internal medicine specialist, nephrologist and transplant researcher; Lynnae Ruttledge, disability advocate and retired commissioner for the Rehabilitation Services Administration; Dr. Christina Rivera-Garza, award-winning author and professor of writing; and Dr. Ivan Oransky, executive editor of Reuters Health and medical journalist and blogger; and a keynote speaker from Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.
All events, except the opening reception on Tuesday evening, will be held in the UTPA Ballroom.
Panel topics include: open access to medical research, the scandals in cancer research in Texas, the "freedom to be fat" and diabetes and obesity in public health, medical tourism, the advent of patient self-diagnosis through technology, Yerberias vs. Western Medicine, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This year, Thursday evening sessions -- held from 6-8:30 p.m. -- will be in Spanish and will include a keynote presentation on the practice of psychiatry in Mexico and a panel on health literacy in the RGV.