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Center for Bioethics and Humanities


VISION (the future we seek to create) 

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus​ is the home of world-class programs that cultivate values, celebrate imagination and produce vibrant community conversations. 

MISSION (the passion that drives our work) 

Supporting compassionate, competent, respectful and just health care. 

WHAT WE DO 

The Center generates unique opportunities to create transformational learning, groundbreaking scholarship, thought-provoking art and inclusive conversations for Colorado health professionals, students, patients and communities.  

EXHIBITS​

Todd Siler makes art about the brain, exploring how the human mind constantly learns
about itself by studying its countless creations in Mind Matters.   On display at the Fulginiti
Gallery through November 21st.  Free & open to the public: Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.

The Entangled One: Who is [Dis]Entangling?​ by medical student Yasmine Dakhama.
Perceptions and misconceptions around health disparities on the Anschutz Medical Campus. 
On display in the rear foyer of the Fulginiti Pavilion from 
August 16th-December 4th.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Richard Kogan, MD, award-winning pianist and Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell
Music and Medicine Program presents and performs, Schumann: Music, Mood Swings and Madness, 
on Thursday, September 19th at 7:00pm in ED2S Auditorium.  Click for details>>​

OCTOBER EVENTS

Agnes Varda: A Great Filmmaker, will be presented by Howie Movshovitz, PhD,
Faculty at CU College of Arts and Media, KUNC Film Critic and Contributor to NPR on
on Monday, October 7th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.


Returning from Incarceration: Community Health and the Journey to Reenter Society,​
will be presented by Hassan A. Latif, Executive Director of the Second Chance Center on
Thursday, October 17th from 4:30-6:00m at the Fulginiti Pavilion.

Darwin and Neuroscience: The Medical Context of Natural Selection in 19th-century
Germany
, will by presented by Gabriel Finkelstein, PhD, Associate Professor of History at
CU Denver, on Monday, October 21st from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.

The AMC Orchestra and Anschutz Campus Choir will perform a free combined concert
on 
Thursday, October 24th at 7:30 P.M. in Education 2 South Auditorium. 

NEWS

Colorado's End of Life Options Act is unique from other states: the law prohibits health
care facilities from punishing doctors who choose to, or choose not to, provide this care
to patients.  In August, Centura Health fired a doctor for attempting to get an end-of-life prescription for a patient -- a decision that has set off a federal court battle. 
Center Director, Dr. Matthew Wynia, was interviewed on KUNC's Colorado Edition,
about the potential impacts this legal case could have on providers, patients and
faith-based health care organizations.  Listen to the story (8:06-14:00)​.


We are pleased to welcome Dr. Christine Baugh​, who has joined our faculty as an
Assistant Professor of Medicine.  Dr. Baugh earned a doctorate in health policy from
Harvard University.  Most recently she completed a Post-doctoral fellowship in the
Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Baugh’s research
interests include health services research, sports related injury, and public health ethics.
Dr. Baugh is part of the growing team of researchers at our center focusing on empirical
research in bioethics. 
  


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in Biomedical Research was the
topic of a recent CCTSI Summit which drew over 150 researchers, clinicians and students from all three CU campuses and CSU.  Matthew DeCamp, MD, PHD, commented on the uncertain, long-lasting ethical impacts of AI, and how AI could change the way we think or act toward each other.  Learn more>>​

The Greenwall Foundation selected CBH Research Director Eric Campbell, PhD, for one
of six "Making A Difference," grants for, A Novel Methodology to Explore Bioethics
Issues in Physician Aid-in-Dying (PAD).  PAD is a highly contentious issue in bioethics
and health policy today. Data on physicians’ experiences and assessment of key bioethical
issues in PAD derive from small, qualitative studies rather than from quantitative studies
due to high costs of large physician surveys and concerns about anonymity. We aim to
develop and test a novel efficient, low cost, anonymous methodology to facilitate bioethics-
related physician surveys. This study will result in generalizable findings that bring bioethics
into policy and decision-making processes about PAD.  Click for details>>​

Tess Jones, PhD is featured in the CU Connections,​ August 2019 edition.




Matthew Wynia and Ira Bedzow published an article, Values-Based Leadership During
the Transformation of Health Care,
in the Summer 2019 issue of People + Strategy.
The article describes a framework for health care leaders to manage social, economic
and ethical issues in the evolving health care landscape.


Daniel H. Reirden and Jacqueline J. Glover​ published, Maximizing Resources:
Ensuring Standard of Care for a Transgender Child in a Rural Setting
in
the July 2019 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics.




ProPublica exposed the hidden cash and gifts health insurers pay to influence
independent brokers in a February article​
, which included commentary by CBH
Research Director Eric Campbell, PhD. 
Reporter Marshall Allen's findings
prompted Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to include new
disclosure requirements for brokers in a sweeping health care legislation proposal.
The draft bill, known as the Lower Health Care Costs Act, also takes on surprise
medical bills, high drug prices and other public health problems.  


Maryam Guiahi, MD, MSc is co-author of a JAMA Research Letter,
"Disclosure of Religious Identity and Health Care Practices on
Catholic Hospital Websites." 
The research showed that only 28% of
646 Catholic hospitals listed in the Catholic Health Association's directory
specified how their religious affiliation might influence patient care. 
Learn more in CU Anschutz Today, or visit JAMA​.


Eric Campbell, PhD, is featured in a CU Medicine Today article, "How
to Make Bioethics Matter: 
New Program Offers Empirical Research
Along With Good Ideas."


Congratulations to Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, who was selected as one of
twelve experts in pain science and care to be Fellows of The Mayday Pain
& Society Fellowship: Communicating Science & Improving Care.​
 The Fellows
attend a four-day, intensive workshop in Washington, D.C., where they will learn skills
to effectively communicate and advocate for the translation of scientific research and
evidence-based best practices in pain care and management. 


Jackie Glover, PhD and James Sikela, PhD are commentators in an article in MIT
Technology Review, about how Chinese scientists have put human brain genes in
monkey brains.  Read the story>>​




The Center for Bioethics and Humanities 2018 Annual Report is now
available.  This highlights some of our Center's most remarkable educational
programs, community outreach events, research activities and clinical ethics
initiatives.  


Eric Campbell, PhD, on National Public Radio’s Science Friday
A recent ProPublica/New York Times investigation found that a top cancer researcher
at Sloan Kettering received millions of dollars in payments from health and drug
companies, but failed to disclose his industry ties in more than 100 articles.
NY Times reporter Katie Thomas and Eric Campbell, Director of Research at CBH
discuss how these conflicts of interests could affect patients, why they aren’t being
consistently disclosed, and what’s being done about the problem.  Listen>>​



HARD CALL:  A podcast series presenting the human stories behind the tough decisions
we're forced to make about our health.  Hard Call is a compendium of live events, podcasts,
and educational materials that illuminate the most challenging situations in health care.
Center Director Dr. Matthew Wynia was interviewed on "Colorado Matters" about Hard Call.
The podcast was also featured in AMA Hard Wire​.   
LEARN MORE>> 


Graduate Certificate in Health Humanities and Ethics.
  One of only a few
such programs nationwide, this certificate program is intended to enrich the training
of health professions students and graduate students in the humanities and social
sciences as well as enhance the expertise of working professionals. APPLICATIONS
NOW BEING ACCEPTED:   Learn more>>​ 


 
Matthew Wynia, MD was featured in a 9NEWS Investigative Report, "Why
does insulin keep getting more expensive?"
  This is part of their “Side Effects”
series on the rising costs of drugs.
 
  

 

Health Humanities Reader, edited by Therese Jones, Delese Wear and Lester D. Friedman, is available from Rutgers University Press.  "This is a landmark volume that
sets the standard for any future collection in medical/health humanities.  It is by turns authoritative, funny, edgy, creative and personal-sometimes all in one piece," says
Thomas R. Cole, Director, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at University
of Texas-Houston Medical School.
 

The Nipple Quilt: A Genealogical Fabric of Human Existence
by Laura Phelps Rogers, on display in the Fulginiti Foyer.  Laura's work is about personal, familial, generational, social and cultural memories. The quilt is made of life casts of
people’s nipples as a means of representing and documenting the person. 

ARCHIVE:  Most Arts in Medicine Lectures/Performances and Ethics Bites discussions
are recorded, and may be viewed online. 
 View archive​. 

 
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