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Fourth Annual Health Care Ethics Research Conference

The Center for Health Care Ethics will host the 5th annual Health Care Ethics Research Conference on Friday, March 2, 2018. 

This conference is designed to foster advanced academic discourse in fields related to health care ethics, feature and affirm research by Health Care Ethics students, as well as increase awareness of ethical issues in science and medicine to the university and wider community.

The conference will be open and free of charge to anyone in the St. Louis community interested in bioethics and medical humanities. A majority of participants and observers are expected to be members of the Saint Louis University community.

Registration is free. Please register here


This year's conference will discuss "Emerging topics in Health Care Ethics."

Conference submissions are encouraged to engage any bioethics theme.


  • Noon:  Drummond Lecturer Joseph J. Fins, M.D., M.A.C.P., in the Pitlyk Auditorium
  • 1:30 to 4 p.m.: Conference presentations in rooms (TBD) of the Learning Resource Center
  • 4 to 5 p.m.: Reception with refreshments

Submission Information

Students are encouraged to submit research projects and papers completed as part of an HCE (or related discipline) course requirement, as well as independent research projects. There are three different categories of submissions: graduate, non-senior undergraduate and senior undergraduate, with a monetary prize for each category.

The conference will accept abstract submissions from students in any area of work related to bioethics, health care ethics or medical humanities, including students from other SLU departments and other local universities.

Email an abstract identifying your category (undergraduate, senior undergraduate or graduate) by Feb 7, 2018. Abstracts should be less than 250 words. 


The first- and second-place winner in each of the three categories will receive a cash prize. In addition, the winners of the senior undergraduate category will receive the honor of representing the Center for Health Care Ethics at the Senior Legacy Symposium.