Special Events and Projects


The University of Miami Institute for Bioethic and Health Policy contributes to, supports and collaboratse on a variety of special events across the institution and in the community. This page provides an archive with links to event fliers and other materials.

  • Language Studies and Responsible STEM Research. Anne Ruggles Gere, PhD., University of Michigan and Modern Language Association, Global attention to research intergrity has traditionally emphasized the empirical sciences. This emphasis overlooks both the role of writing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and --equally important -- research integrity in the humanities. This session addressed these roles. April 30, 2018.
  • Medical Humanities Summer Institute. Bioethics Institute faculty and Humanities Pathway alumni participated in a public forum focused on the importance of the humanities for medical education and practice, May 19-20, 2017. Photos.
  • Zika 2017: Where Do We Go Next? A public forum featuring presentations and interactive sessions focused on the role of ethics and deliberation to improve decision making in the response to Zika. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, April 6, 2017.
  • We Robot 2016.  Ethics Programs Co-Sponsor "We Robot 2016", April 1-2, 2016.
  • Ethics in Education: A to ZA two-day conference for teachers, students, parents, educational administrators and concerned citizens covering major ethical issues at all levels of American education, presented jointly by the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, the University of Miami and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, May 1-2, 2015.
  •  Beyond Ebola: Ethics, Culture, & Health Diplomacy.  Panel Discussion co-sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences: Departments of International Studies & Anthropology, and two student organizations: HealthCanes & United Against Inequities in Disease (UAID),  March 30, 2015.
  • Twitch: A Documentary Screening with Kristen Powers.  Keynote speaker Kristen Powers, Creator of Twitch. Organized by the Center for Genomic Education and Outreach at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, and the University of Miami Office of Civic and Community Engagement,  March 20, 2015.
  • Ethics & Society: A Speaker Series. Presentations by Ethics Programs, CITI, and Philosophy Department faculty starting. Organized by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, March 10, 2014.
  • Ethics and Decision Making. Presentations by Ethics Programs Co-Director Anita Cava and Robert Meyers, Executive Director of the St. Thomas University Center for Ethics, for the Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network. Co-sponsored by the UM School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Development and Catalyst Miami, May 6, 2014.
  • We Robot 2014. Ethics Programs Co-Sponsor "We Robot 2014", April 4-5, 2014.
  • 2014 Miami Kant Workshop. Papers presented at the Department of Philosophy conference will be published as a collection of essays, On the Sensible and Intelligible Worlds: New Essays on Kant’s Metaphysics and Epistemology, by Oxford University Press. Student Activities Center and University Center, April 4-5, 2014.
  • Soroush Dabbagh, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga, on Islam and Euthanasia, February 7, 2013.
  • “Carbon Farming” – Special workshop on sustainable ecosystems as part of the Greater Everglades Community Food Summit, led by Eric Toensmeier, September 30, 2011.
  • Ellen Chesler, Ph.D., director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Initiative on Women and Public Policy at Roosevelt House, Hunter College, The City University of New York, on Morning After in America: The Story Behind.
  • Ronald Goldfarb, J.D., attorney, author and literary agent, gave a series of seminars on the Gables and Medical campuses in 2006 on “Confidentiality and the Professions” and did research for his book, In Confidence: When to Protect Secrecy and When to Require Disclosure (Yale University Press).
  • Michael J. Franzblau, M.D., University of California, San Francisco, gave a series of talks on “Ethical Values in Healthcare: Lessons from the Nazi Era,” at UM and the Miami VA, Jan. 23-26, 1995.
  • “Extreme Ethics” The University of Miami Ethics Programs received an NIH grant to support three annual conferences to explore exceptionally difficult or under-addressed issues and problems in research ethics. The grant (T15 AI07591) was titled “Difficult Challenges in Human Subjects Research,” and the conference series added “Extreme Ethics” as the primary title. Program brochures for 20002001 and 2000.


UM Ethics Programs and faculty contribute to a variety of special initiatives. This page itemizes them and provides links to their deliverables.

  • BlueHealth UM faculty provided ethics support to this European Union-sponsored initiative to study the links among urban blue spaces, climate and health. The project concluded in 2020. Link to BlueHealth website.
  • Florida Department of Children and Families In response to a DCF request,  the University of Miami Ethics Programs prepared background material for, hosted and facilitated a meeting to explore the feasibility of creating a genetic biorepository to track children in DCF custody. The report was issued in September 2002. Click here to access the report.
  • Independent Panel of the Guidant Corporation This panel was created in 2005 to address issues related to reports of defects in implantable devices manufactured by the Guidant Corporation (now Boston Scientific). The panel, comprising cardiologists, engineers, biostatisticians and the director of the UM Bioethics Program, issued its final report in March 2006. Click here to access the report.
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council The UM Ethics Programs developed a Conflicts of Interest Policy and Policy Guide for the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. The document was delivered in March 2009. Click here to access the Policy and Policy Guide.
  • Florida Department of Health The DOH in 2010 convened a workgroup, led by the Florida Bioethics Network and including several UM ethics faculty, to study ethical and policy issues related to emergency preparedness and response. The report is a work in progress.  Click here for the current version of the report.