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Northern Plains Ethics Institute partners in medical ethics conference

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Dennis Cooley

The Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU partnered with the Center for Bioethics at Cedarville University and the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health at the University of Paris – Rene Descartes for the Clinical Ethics and Conscience Rights Conferenceheld at Cedarville University in Ohio. 

The June 6-8 event focused on whether healthcare professionals have a right to refuse to participate in medical interventions they believe to be morally wrong. Among the speakers were Robert George of Princeton University, who is an international expert on the topic.

Dennis Cooley, institute director, was informed that Cedarville University’s partnership with the NPEI is the first in the university’s history. Cooley said the NPEI and Academy’s reputations for creating neutral marketplaces of ideas that allow thoughtful, civil and robust debate may have given the conservative Christian university’s co-hosts the confidence that the event would be in keeping with the university’s mission and values.

Selected conference papers will be published in one of two venues. Scholars’ work will be in the Academy’s Elsevier journal - Ethics, Medicine and Public Health – in its December issue. Student papers and posters will be published in the NPEI’s yearly Northern Plains Ethics Journal, which will be available in November.

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