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Partnerships and Service

June 3, 2009
“Ethics and Community Engagement in Mental Health Research”
Year 2 of the Conference Series, Best Practices in Mental Health Research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health
8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Busch Student Center Room 170

October, 9 2009
The Distinguished Lecturer Series
Laurence B. McCullough, Ph.D., Dalton Tomlin Chair in Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Baylor College of Medicine
"Taking Professional Conscience Seriously"
Noon, School of Law Court Room

November 6, 2009
Bander Endowed Lecture
William Sage, MD, JD
"Conflicts of Interest in Academic Medicine: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Might Be Headed"
7:30 AM. Medical Center
Campus, Learning Resource Center Auditorium


Partnerships and Service

Representatives from the seven schools that make up the Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Programs—Creighton University, Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola Marymount University, Regis University, St. Joseph’s University and Saint Louis University—recently came together to weigh in on the issue of artificial nutrition and hydration.

The Consortium’s mission, to promote education, research and expertise in bioethics consistent with the values of Jesuit higher education and in service to the Church and our society, is lived out each year through its virtual symposia, in which a relevant topic is explored from a Catholic bioethics prospective.

This year’s virtual symposium centered on artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH), specifically Pope John Paul II’s allocution on the use of ANH with patients in a permanent vegetative state in which ANH was characterized as "morally obligatory" and "a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act."

As a result of the symposium, the Consortium issued a position paper, "Undue Burden? The Vatican & Artificial Nutrition & Hydration," which was published in Commonweal: A review of Religion, Politics and Culture. Links to the Commonweal article, in addition to supporting documents from Consortium members, are available at the Consortium’s website,

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